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VIDEO: Phil Larder’s multiple line defence drill

Here is a safe drill, best practised mid-week, which gives the defenders match-like conditions to work on side and front-on low tackles. It focuses on balance, concentration and technique. It’s suitable for all abilities. It’s ideal for large numbers of players.

 

It concentrates on:

  1. The uncertainty of which shoulder the ball carrier will run at or whether they will run straight at them.
  2. Going forward, well-balanced so prepared to go right or left.
  3. The hip position of the ball carrier for a target for the defender.
  4. Prior to impact, moving forward decisively and executing a dominant tackle.

Coaching points

  • Control the direction of the ball carriers by pointing.
  • Ensure all ball carriers move in the same direction.
  • Keep rotating which players are in front of you, so you can keep analysing the technique and efficiency of every tackle.
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