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Tackle impact and grip
Use these two activities to work on the tackle impact and grip for a front-on and side-on tackle. They’re good exercises to use before more intense tackle work and can form part of your warm-up.
Focus on the tackle basics week in, week out to create more effective tacklers across your whole team.
1 FRONT-ON TACKLE
- Put the tackler 2m in front of a ruck-pad holder.
- He comes forward to make the tackle using the correct technique.
- Make sure he alternates shoulders.
- As the tackler progresses, get the pad holder to walk forward, or move one step left or right.
2 SIDE-ON TACKLE
- Mark out a 2m by 3m rectangle.
- Put a ruck-pad holder and a tackler on two of the corners.
- The pad holder walks along two sides and the tackler moves across to make the tackle.
- Alternate the direction so he works with both shoulders.
- Develop both tackles by removing the ruck pad.
- The key is good technique.
- Work in threes, with one player observing and telling the tackler whether his technique is correct.
- “Same foot, same shoulder” on impact.
- Head up and eyes open.
- Tight grip, using the head as a “third arm”.
- Short steps just before and through the tackle to help drive the legs.