Match-time tackling can be 1 v 1, but often it’s a team effort, especially for younger players. Use this simple activity to build confidence, communication and tackle technique. MORE
VIDEO: Defence overload
Read the attacking play to prevent an extra attacker joining the line late and breaking through. Ideal to develop defensive cohesion and decision making.
- Put three defenders on a line, facing three ruck-pad holders with another pad holder behind that line. Put a “feeder” to the side.
- When the “feeder” touches the ball, the pad holders come forward. At the same time the extra pad holder arrives from behind, coming into the line in one of the spaces between the pad holders.
- The defenders have to ensure that players either side of the pad holder entering and that pad holder are all “tackled”.
Have the players start from the side of the playing area and realigning to react. Some of the defenders can start on their fronts.
Take away the pads and play with a ball.
Stagger the pad holders to create a different attacking line.
- Keep balanced, with the shoulders and hips up the pitch. That makes it easier to move across.
- Communicate to say which attacker is covered.
- Stay connected, so move up together.