The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE
VIDEO: Crack the gain line and offload
Breakdown organised defences. Attack the defenders hard, step into the space at the last moment and offload the ball.
HOW TO DO IT
- Three attackers line up with the ball carrier in front of the narrow channel. The ruck pad holders stand quite close together, offset. (Adjust offset after each player has had at least one go).
- The ball carrier runs through the narrow channel steps off and attacks the gap between the pads. He then passes left or right to his support players.
- Develop by having the ball carrier make a decision after the rucks pads. Put an injured player or coach behind the ruck pads. He puts his hand up left or right and the ball carrier has to pass to the opposite direction.
- Take away the ruck pads, and the defenders are only allowed to use one hand each to tackle.
The ball carrier “squaring his shoulders” before the ruck pads, so he can step left or right to go through the gap.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
- The ball carrier staying strong through the pads, keeping his head up and back straight, ball tight to the chest.
- The supporting players need to decide whether they will want to be close to the ball carrier after contact, or further away.
- Does each individual had an “offload” preference – that is, do they always pass inside or out, right or left.
DEVELOPING THE SESSION
- Play a game of grab tackling rugby in a rectangle-shaped pitch. First play with a wide pitch, then swap to the narrow pitch. The grab tackles have to be below waist height.
- Shout “tackle” if a grab is made and the players have three seconds to pass the ball.