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.
Develop good footwork in the last few steps before the tackle. First, to power into a tackle situation, and then to adjust as the tackle target moves either to the left or the right. This activity uses low-impact outcomes with tackle tubes to focus on the technical aspects of the skill. MORE
Defensive systems are not an excuse for individuals to miss tackles. This session puts defenders in a line and then isolates one of them in order to make a tackle in their channel. This has to be run with full contact to make sure players match up correctly. MORE
The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
Getting ready for training needs players to get their bodies and minds in tune. Play lots of games to motivate and engage the players. Then break out into skills zones where your players can start to concentrate on the details. Here are four warm-up skills activities which can be mixed into your training routines, all from our growing video archive. MORE
Technically better tacklers are also safer tacklers. Develop tackling expertise with these exercises – they are ideal for pre-season training and are also great as revision tools as the season progresses. You will note that they include plenty of footwork, which is an essential part of the process of improvement. We will start with 4... MORE
The Super Rugby final last weekend between NZ side, the Crusaders and the Jaguares from Argentina was brutal! The contact area was keenly fought, and the players with the best technique and decision making prospered. In the end, we got to see Scott "Razor" Robertson, the Crusader coach, celebrate with his iconic dancing. However, the detail that goes into winning rucks was a crucial part of the reason that they won. MORE
The best coaches earn their corn by improving their players' skills under pressure. Let's focus on handling, and how we can provide different opportunities for players to learn, enjoy and explore. MORE
The scrum still presents the most potent attacking platform since it ties in nine defenders in a small area. Here are four tactics, plays and activities to develop different attacking options from the various scenarios a scrum presents. MORE
If you have a large squad for a training session, you will want to keep them motivated and active in a session. If there's just one or two of coaches, then a large-sided game is a great way to pursue skills and tactics within one activity. MORE