Make sure your players enter the breakdown legally – by getting tough through the tackle gate. This will also mean they’ll arrive square and in a better position to drive over the ball and win it. MORE
How to release and regain
If a player is isolated after being tackled, all is not lost. A quick ball release and regaining of his feet might allow him to regather the ball and keep going forward. Work on this often-forgotten skill here.
If the ball carrier has won the collision in the tackle, he can aim to release the ball, get to his feet and grab the ball before another defender challenges him.
- Start by working on the ball release and recovering the feet before grabbing the ball.
- The player walks forward and falls to the ground on their front.
- He then releases the ball before getting to his feet and picking up the ball
- Next, have the ball carrier take a tackle.
- It’s important he wins the collision, so the tackler should be on one knee and make a passive or “soak-up” tackle.
- Once on the ground, the tackler must release the carrier.
- The carrier repeats his recovery action.
- Develop this by making it a race for the ball.
- Finally, repeat but have one or two ruck-pad holders come forward to challenge the ball carrier as he’s gathering the ball.
- Have the ruck pads come forward from different angles.
- After the tackle is made, call forward one or both of the ruck-pad holders.
- Must fall forward.
- Release the ball under your chest.
- Pick the ball up as you’re moving forward to gather your feet, so you can meet any oncoming defender.