EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Tackle footwork | Tackle systems | Tackle fitness | Tackling low

Tackling has so many elements to master that we need to keep mixing up our training routines to help emphasise the different techniques needed.

However, we should try to keep our sessions game-related if we can, so the players can quickly transfer what they’ve just practised into more and more game-like scenarios.

In Tackle, change feet, the session focuses on the best footwork to make a powerful tackle. As you will see, the targets are static to start with and then move. This activity uses tackle tubes to allow players to get in plenty of low-impact repetitions.

In our full practice plan, My Man: Never shirk a tackle, players will need develop their skills to operate within a defensive system. However, the activity isolates one defender to ensure that every player is willing to step up when needed.

Like any skill in games, tackles are rarely made when the players are fresh. Good tackle technique needs to be solid even when the players are tired. Intense recoveries works on fatigue and the tackler aiming to return to their defensive duties quickly after each tackle.

Finally, recognising that low tackling is a good way to neutralise mismatches in size and power, Tackle low, score high helps to create a reward system to incentivise better techniques in this activity.

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