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
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Improve your defensive cohesiveness by practising more as a group. In this newsletter, we explore lots of different ways of challenging your players in unusual situations to enhance their connections and understanding. First, we have the VIDEO: Two defensive-based conditioning drills. A great warm-up activity, it’s good for all the tackling ages. Take this a bit... MORE
Make the kicking and catching a full part of your training regime. It will probably be included your unit skills session, when the backs and forwards split off. However, if you are brave enough, all the players should be involved in this type of training, because you may never know when they might need to use the skills. MORE
After watching some amazing offloads from top-flight professional rugby over the weekend, it's easy to forget that they are only successful because another attacker is in a position to take the pass. MORE