EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Get the tackle X-factor

If the tackler can win the first part of the impact, they can manipulate the ball carrier – slowing down possession or even winning the ball back. Here are four ways to make a bigger impact…

1 SAME FOOT, SAME SHOULDER

  1. The tackler should step into the tackle.
  2. His closest foot to the ball carrier should be the same as the shoulder used to make the impact.
  3. This helps him chase his feet after the tackle, giving him more control of the situation.

2 BANG BELOW THE BELLY BUTTON

  1. The carrier’s centre of gravity is around the belly button.
  2. He may also lean forward before contact.
  3. If the tackler drives up at the ball, he may simply knock the carrier upwards.
  4. But if the tackler impacts below the centre of gravity, he encourages the carrier to the ground as he’s already off balance.
  5. A low tackle also helps the tackler avoid a potential fend.

3 THE BODY FOLLOWS THE HEAD

  1. Top tacklers keep their eyes open throughout the tackle.
  2. This makes sense because wherever the head goes, the body follows.
  3. If the tackler has his eyes open, he can see where to place his head, using it as a “third arm” to drive through and lock onto the ball carrier.

4 THE BRUCE LEE PUNCH

  1. The most important part of the impact is the last inch.
  2. Martial arts legend Bruce Lee could knock a man to the floor from one inch.
  3. He drove through his punch and so should the tackler.
  4. Every sinew must explode and smash into the carrier.
  5. Keep the tackle going through the target.
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