EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Be strong in the tackle

Use this session to build players’ understanding of how to keep going forward in the tackle.

Collapsing in the tackle gives the defence more opportunity to steal or slow down the ball because it is more difficult for support players to get in behind the ball carrier.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put an attacker about 2-5m from a line of cones, each cone about 2m in front of the next.
  2. Have a feeder about 3m to the side and then three defenders set out as above.

  1. Have the attacker run up the line of cones, receiving a pass and trying to get as far down the line of cones as possible. When they receive the ball, nominate a defender to tackle them.
  2. After the tackle, the feeder replaces the tackler, the ball carrier becomes the feeder and the tackler the new attacker.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Put four defenders along the midline of the box.
  2. Have four attackers run around in their half of the box. They decide which attacker will try to break through. They run over the mid line, and the defence try to stop them.
  3. Mark down how far they make, with a point for 5m made and the ball secured (that is available to be passed from a ruck), or a try scored (two points).
  4. There is no passing allowed in the defence zone.

TECHNIQUE

  • Ball carrier: drive forward, keeping the whole body moving, whilst trying to keep the hips forward.
  • Protect the ball by keeping it away from defenders.
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