This is an Intermediate Drill to practice the hook technique which requires the tackler to follow the striker at pace


  • Players pair off; one ball per pair
  • Player A is positioned 2m behind Player B, with both players in the Ready Position
  • On a signal from the Coach, both players run towards the ball
  • Player B attempts to strike it on the ground, while Player A attempts to hook
  • Encourage Player A to follow up the tackle and gain possession by jab-lifting the ball
  • Switch roles after each successful hook and lift

STEP Variation

Task - Player A must hook Player B who runs in a line to strike a number of balls placed at regular intervals 

Equipment - Alternatively, use a fixed ball, such as the ball and pin apparatus