OBJECTIVE:

Tackling the correct person with head on correct side. 

EQUIPMENT:

3 cones, 2 hit-shield (black and blue).

GROUP SIZE:

Three.

AREA:

Make a triangle with cones 2m apart.

DRILL SET-UP:

In 3s, 2 players hold a hit shield – one blue and one black.

DRILL EXPLANATION:

  1. One attacker calls “go” and the attackers holding the shields move forward, they then call a “colour”. 
  2. The tackler adjusts the body position by taking small fast steps and getting in to a crouch. 
  3. The head is placed on the correct side which is followed in with a big step towards the attacker, the shoulder driving in and the arms thrust through. 
  4. Move back and repeat.

Key Coaching Points

  • Keep feet alive 
  • Being in balance so that they can drive off either leg (crouch, small fast steps, elbows in and ready to thrust and eyes focused on the correct side.) 
  • Shoulder on, head in tight and arms thrusting through. 
  • Head on correct side.

VARIATIONS / PROGRESSION:

  1. Make area smaller or bigger. 
  2. Have another row of hit-shields.

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