EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Latching on through the tackle

More and more teams are doubling up on the ball carrier, with another attacker latching (binding) on to drive him through contact. Here’s a simple exercise to develop the skill.

Two players taking the ball into contact bound together means more power and weight, plus the non-ball carrier can protect and support quickly. It’s a good play against an organised defence.

  1. Put three players into the box.
  2. Player 2 runs forwards with the ball.
  3. Players 1 runs backwards staying 2m away from the ball carrier.
  4. Player 3 tracks player 2 from behind, running forward.

  1. On your command, player 3 latches on to player 2 with his arms and shoulders and drives him forward into player 1.
  2. Player 1 offers about 30-50% resistance without trying to tackle or steal the ball.
  3. Swap directions at the end of the box.
  4. Player 1 and 3 swap roles.

  1. Develop by setting up as above.
  2. The attackers go to the defenders in number order (1-2-3-4).
  3. The defenders come forward to meet them.
  4. The ball carrier must always go through the centre cones, but the tracker can choose.
  5. They drive through the gap between the pads for 1-3m.
  6. They then swap the ball and roles and go to the next set of numbered defenders.
  7. Do one full set of four then swap with one pair of pad holders.

TECHNIQUE

  • Tight bind on the hips and/or shoulders.
  • Bind just before contact.
  • Both players should have their hips facing forwards.
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