The chop tackle is a great way to put a ball carrier to ground quickly so you can compete for the ball. Use this exercise to improve your low-tackle technique and decision-making in the breakdown area. MORE
Ball presentation and clear-outs
Good repetition builds good habits – so make a core skill a core part of your warm-up with this contact exercise. Players should concentrate on making their ball placement and clear-out skills accurate.
Get the fundamentals right. Here, players work at a low-contact intensity and yet need to keep active to keep their rhythm and shape.
- Put two ruck-pad holders about 4m apart facing each other.
- Put a ball carrier and a supporting player between the ruck pads.
- The ball carrier (A) steps into one of the ruck pads, goes to ground and presents the ball in a predetermined way (jack-knife, long placement or squeeze ball).
- The support player (B) clears over the carrier on the ground and drives back the ruck-pad holder a couple of steps.
- Then B turns and receives a pop-up pass from A (who’s on the ground) before running into the opposite ruck pad.
- Player A recycles himself to support.
- Repeat eight times before swapping the ruck-pad holders with the attackers.
- Develop by removing the ruck pads, using tackle suits instead, with the ball carrier going to ground straight after contacting the suit wearer.
- The ball carrier should use footwork before the pad, then drive with his legs on contact.
- Place the ball as the support player arrives, not before.
- Get low over the grounded player, going from low to high in the drive.