The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
Hitting the wall (of noise)
Focus on man-to-man marking, so the attack feels like it is running into a wall of defenders. It requires good footwork and working with the other defenders to make sure there are no holes in that wall.
- A defender comes forward to drive back a ruck-pad holder
- He must aim to drive in at hip height or below
- Defenders cover the ruck-pad holders until they move forward
- Ruck-pad holders wander about the edge of the box, before you get them to come forward. They aim to get over the line that the defenders are standing on
- Shout out which ball for the 9 to use
- The defenders come into the box to stop the attack scoring over their try line
- Use full tackling, but not rucks or mauls
Make the defence so connected, that there’s no way through.
HOW TO DO IT
- Split into pairs, or small groups, with one player holding a ruck pad. Put the ruck pad holder 2m away from a defender in a 1m wide channel.
- On your call, the two come forward and the defender executes a driving tackle at hip height or below into the ruck-pad holder. Swap roles.
- Develop by making the ruck pad holder step further back, forcing the defender to change shoulders to make the contact.
- Put three defenders at one end of a 10m x 2m box, with three ruck-pads holders wandering around at the other end (or just outside).
- When you shout “GO” the ruck-pad holders try to get over the end where the defenders are.
- Put two pairs of defenders at the corner of 25m x 10m box with four attackers at the other end.
- Get a 9 to run to a nominated ball at one edge of the box. As he runs to it, the defenders come through a 15m gate (use tackle tubes to mark the edges).
- As soon as he can, the 9 passes the ball to the attackers, who aim to score where the defenders come from. Use full tackling and stop if a ruck/maul forms.
- Light on your feet before you make the tackle.
- Same foot as shoulder to make the initial impact and then drive.