EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Bounce and reload from the tackle

U11–U12 | DEFENCE 5

Help players understand how to roll away from the tackle and then get back into the game quickly

  1. Split players into pairs and make one of each pair an attacker and the other a defender. The defender kneels down on one knee – the knee opposite to the shoulder he will tackle with The attacker has a ball and starts 2m away.

Bounce and reload from the tackle 1

  1. When you say “go”, the attacker runs at the defender, who makes a low tackle, driving off his foot and gripping hard.

Bounce and reload from the tackle 2

  1. Once he has completed the low tackle, he rolls out and away, bouncing up on to his feet quickly.

Bounce and reload from the tackle 3

Bounce and reload from the tackle 4

  1. Add another attacker and defender 5m away who compete over the ball and help the tackler gain an added sense of how he can affect the tackle contest.

Bounce and reload from the tackle 5

You will need

  • 1 ball per pair
  • Cones
  • Bibs

Got more players?

With more players, set up more tackle stations.

What to tell your players

“Use a low tackle to get the attacker to ground”
“Bounce up onto your feet quickly”
“Show you have clearly released the tackled player before going for the ball again”

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