This is a basic drill to practice the near hand tackle technique


  • Mark out a grid approximately 8m square using cones
  • Positioned one player at each cone with a ball and a tackling player at one of the cones
  • The tackling player runs alongside each of the other players in turn attempting to perform a near hand tackle as they travel a length of the grid
  • The coach may assist the drill by signalling when each player in possession should begin to move
  • Switch the tackling player after each circuit of the grid
  • The drill should be conducted in both directions 

STEP Variation

Space – Increase the lengths of the grid to allow the tackling player more time to perform the technique