EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

From cubs to jackals

Stealing the ball after a tackle – “jackling” as it is known – is best initially first taught unopposed. This game gets players used to feet and body positions while racing against another team.

SET UP

A 20m square divided in half lengthways to form two channels so that two teams can play alongside each other.

Have three tackle tubes lying in formation as shown with a coned gate in front of each one. Behind every tube place a tackle shield.

A player (2) stands by the first tube in each channel with the Jackler (1) ready to go (picture 1).

THE RULES

On your call of “Go!”, 1 runs through the coned gate to the tube in front of him. He leans over the tube, picks up the shield and passes it to 2 (picture 2). He then steps over the tube, runs to the next gate and repeats while 2 puts the shield back down and runs after 1 (picture 3).

When the last shield has been placed back, 2 runs back to his team to start the next player while 1 runs back to take 2’s place.

SCORING

  • The winner is the first team to finish.

TELL THEM

“Get a good base – don’t fall over the tube.”

“Work hard to get to the tube then stay low.”

COACHING TIPS

• Jackling is now a key component of defensive training. This game allows players to look at the various aspects of stealing a ball without having to be concerned about other players.

 

Fun rugby games for 12 to 15 year olds key

From cubs to jackals - part 1

 

From cubs to jackals - part 2

 

From cubs to jackals - part 3

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