1. Warm up - Non Contact.
Players start on the corner of a square grid. They then in turn run to meet in the middle of the square. The Attacker side steps, while defender tries to get a shoulders on contact on the attacker.
2. Contact introduced - Attakcing Player Focus.
Attacking player after being tackled must land on top of the ball. Then must release the ball, then fire up as quickly as possible to re-gather the ball and keep running.
3. Focus on the defender.
After making a good tackle, with focus on body height, squeeze and foot in close, the defender must return to feet as quiclkly as possible to compete for the ball again.
1. Warm up
Foot position close to attacker
Light on feet - small steps
Attack the space.
2. Attacker focus.
Fall on top of ball - keeps it protected.
MUST release ball once has been tackled.
Fire up in a fast snap motion back to feet to re-gather ball.
3. Defender Focus
Body height of hit.
Foot in close.
Back to feet and competing for ball as quickly as possible.
1. With bags
3 Attckers with bags are given a number, 5 defenders line up opposite within the grid.
When coach says so he shouts a number (this is the attacker that the defenders will tackle and adjust too)
when the number is shouted both attackers and defenders shoot off the line to meet in the middle (green cones)
Here a tackle is performed on the given number and players will adjuest and stay connected accrodingly.
2. With a ball not bags.
This progression makes it more realistic, and means the 5 defenders have to adjust to the differnt moves the attackers throw at them.
Correct way of going down with the ball in a tackle.
Person being tackled should 'twist' their body so that they land on their back.
Starting with their backs to one another, two players stand 5 metres apart and run off in opposite directions along one side of the 20 metre grid.
At the corners of square each player cuts back into the grid and the player with the ball attempts to score by running with the ball into the far corner. The blue player's objective is to tackle them and prevent them from scoring.
Players down on 'all 4s'. Position heads to the left slightly, binding in underneath the shoulders in the chest area. Keeping hands on the floor, rock backwards and forwards.
Once players' individual position is correct on the machine, progress to 1 on 1 scrummage on the feet. Facing each other in a squat position, touch (with hands on each others shoulders), heads to the left, and engage.
Pass gets given to the attacker who has to run down the grid. When the tackle comes in the player with the ball has to present the ball. Tackler has to get to feet quickly to get the ball and pass it back the the initial passer of the practice . Next two player go. After each go the players swap sides.
Ball. Groups of 3+ 2 attackers line up infront of a defender. The 1st attackers takes the ball into contact The defender makes a low chop tackle. The 2nd attacker resposibility is to clear away the tackler from the contact area and look after the ball. Progression : Add second defedner with a tack;e nag to test the stability of the clearer.
Small playing area, for 1 v 1 tackling. Players line up in two lines adjacent to the coned area. Coach shouts go and the front two players run round their end to end up facing each other. The coach passes the ball to the attacker who runs at the defender, and the defender tries to take them down.
Set up the practice as shown inside a 30m x 30m Grid. 6 Shields and 1 Ball. Player 1 carries the ball before passing the ball to player 2 who bursts through the shields. Once through the other side, 2 passes to 3 and receives a return pass before bursting through the next set of shields Once they are through the last two players with shields can move and try and block the runners. Player 2 has the option to pass to either player or go it alone.
Front Rows coming together. Each prop touches the opponents upper arm and then pause before the front rows meet. The sequence should be: "Crouch, bind, set". Coaches should replicate this call when practising to help players develop their timing and to assist the Referee
Building a 3 person front row. Hooker forms 1st, standing with shoulders lowered and knees bent to about 3/4 height. Arms up in the air in a 'flying' position. Props then bind underneath the hookers arms, with their inside arms around the back of the hooker.
Let the front row bind together first. Second row binds together between their hips and shoulders, making sure that their hips are tight together. Second row arms go around the outside of the props, binding onto their hips nice and tight. Second row then comes off their knees to engage.
This is the second exercise in a series of three that can be put together to form a contact conditioning circuit. The circuit can be sets of 30 seconds of hard work followed by 30 seconds of rest. Swap in this circuit for your usual fitness routine to give the players something a bit more interesting and transferable to a game. Alternatively, this would be a great exercise to include as part of a warm up. Players work individually, picking up a tackle sausage and driving it into the ground. Repeat for the whole 30 seconds. This exercise will develop your players core strength, which is immensely important in most areas of the game. Moreover, this exercise simulates how players will have to maintain power in a game. For example when going from making a tackle to then contesting the ruck. 0.40 - What is the purpose of these conditioning circuits?
The basic scrummage shape, with the player on their knees. Poor position: arched back and chin on chest. Good position: back 'hollowed' with chin off chest.
The aim of the drill is to develop good techniques to remove a threat.
groups of 4Â sausagesÂ ball 2 players lie next to the sausages, with a ball wedged between them. When coach blows his whistle the players take turns in bouncing off the floor as quickly as possible and competing for ball.Â
tackle sausage Place 2 sausages perpendicular from eachother in a T shape. Have one player line up a couple meters away from the bag. Conditioning drill, the player does reps of clearing the bag, running back to the line, doing a down up and going again.
2 teams. Half pitch Ball - A normal game of touch, however with conditions. - When a touch is mae the attakcer must go down and complete a long placement. - The toucher must run and touch own tryline before continuing play. -A Second attacker must come over in a short period of time and secure the ball. - If a defneder manages to gewt to the ball before a attacking player secures it, it is a turnover. -Then play away.
Move 90 degrees round covering the ball and holding with one hand. Outreach to present the ball with both hands. Stay on your front at all times.
Setup: Set up with 4 players with pads, and four players facing them about five metres away. There should be enough space between the players to ensure that they and the players making the hit are safe. The rest of the players fall in behind the leading 4 players who will be making the first hit. Each group of four will go together. The players holding the pads should do so with one hand on each strap, not with one arm through both straps as this exposes them to a lower arm fracture on a big hit. Have more than one group if necessary, as you don't want to have players waiting for more than 20-30 seconds between hits. Start slowly to get the technique right, and build from there. Tell the hitting players to raise their elbows 90 degrees or more. They will notice that their shoulders get bigger. Demo this with another coach if necessary.
Setup: Set up with 4 players with pads, and four players facing them about five metres away. There should be enough space between the players to ensure that they and the players making the hit are safe. The rest of the players fall in behind the leading 4 players who will be making the first hit. Each group of four will go together. The players holding the pads should do so with one hand on each strap, not with one arm through both straps as this exposes them to a lower arm fracture on a big hit. Have more than one group if necessary, as you don't want to have players waiting for more than 20-30 seconds between hits. Start slowly to get the technique right, and build from there. Tell the hitting players to put their hands behind their backs and make a hit on the pad using their shoulder. Remind them to keep their head up and to place their head to the side of the pads. Demo this with another coach if necessary.
Losing is inevitable and it's how we deal with it that will help us to grow as coaches and improve our team's performance.
Regular analysis of your own performance as a coach will ensure you continue to improve your ability to deliver top quality sessions.
Like many other international tournaments, we've had to wait a little longer for it to start but it's time to get excited for some big hitting!