Losing the contact situation as the ball carrier means you lose territory, impetus and, worse, even the ball. You need to understand the reasons to find the solutions.
It’s not always easy to get young players to embrace contact which is why we’ve spent so much time devising and testing contact drills that will help your players grow in confidence. Use them alongside our tackling drills to develop a team of players that are comfortable making and taking contact.
Here are some suggestions for encouraging your players to support the ball carrier in the tackle.
Tackle tubes are used as aids to tackle practices. However, they are potentially versatile pieces of equipment for other areas of the game.
Help your ball carriers experiment with different running angles into the contact area.
Driving the legs is used in scrummaging, rucking, tackling and beating defenders in contact. Developing leg drive in players requires a mixture of technical coaching and hard work in training.
Use a decision making contact game with three a side to aid fitness and contact skills.
Watch a clip of Better Rugby Coaching’s training video – The Contact Academy.
This rugby drill is ideal for coaching your players to drive through contact situations.
Being effective in rugby contact requires precise footwork skills and an understanding of why they are important. The same skills are required for accelerating into a rugby tackle or clearing a ruck.
This rugby coaching video clip shows a training drill from the London Irish designed to improve players’ ground technique under pressure.