I've been fortunate enough to have Eddie Jones deliver some sessions. This is the game he started with and it is excellent for reinforcing key messages around core skills or principles of play. MORE
Play “Tackle Demons”, but introduce the rule that no pass can go forward.
Divide the players into groups of four, of three attackers and one defender. The attackers have five goes to score a try. The attackers can only pass backwards, but can dodge the defender.
The defender can either tag or touch tackle the ball carrier to beat the attack. The defender also wins if an attacker steps out of bounds.
The attackers have to decide who to pass to score. The defender has to decide who and when to tackle.
Rotate the attacking players after every attempt. Don’t allow the defenders to get demoralised if they’re unable to stop the attackers.
Area: 5m x 5m
Equipment: 1 ball per 4 players, tag belts (if used).
Players: 4 – 3 attackers and 1 defender.
- 1 point for each try.
What to Call Out
- “Look for space and move quickly”
- “Pass backwards to free players”
- “Use evasion or a pass to beat the defender”
- “Keep your hands up”
- “Pass quickly – keep the ball moving”
Adding the “no forward pass” rule will disrupt the skills and activities that the players displayed in the “Tackle demons” game. It shouldn’t take long for the players to display those skills again, but think about playing “Tackle demons” again if the players aren’t able to pass backwards only.
Three attackers face one defender.
The attackers must beat the defender to score.
The attackers can only pass backwards.