EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Tackle Demons

The Rules

Divide the players into groups of four, of three attackers and one defender. The attackers have five goes to score a try. They can pass forward and use dodging to do this.

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, and when. 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.

Set Up

Area: 5m x 5m.
Equipment: 1 ball per 4 players, tag belts (if used).
Players: 4 – 3 attackers and 1 defender.

Scoring

  • 1 point for each try.

What to Call Out

  • “Look for space and move quickly”
  • “Pass to free players”
  • “Use evasion or a pass to beat the defender”
  • “Keep your hands up”
  • “Make your tackles”
  • “Pass quickly – keep the ball moving”

Coaching Tips

The narrower the channel, the more successful the defender should be. Only assist groups that are struggling to solve the problems.

 

Fun mini rugby games for 5 to 8 year olds

Tackle demons - part 1

Three attackers face one defender.

Tackle demons - part 2

The attackers must beat the defender to score. They can pass forwards.

Tackle demons - part 3

The attackers use passing and dodging to score.

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