EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Jamming in

“Jamming in” is a method of tackling by coming “out-to-in”, thus reducing the chances of the ball carrier passing wider. It’s an aggressive, high-risk defence.

The technique is part of a number of defensive systems and needs some form of decision making on when and how to make this type of tackle.

Put two attackers at one end of the box and two defenders on the corners of the other end. Both groups jog forwards, with the ball carrier passing just in front of the defender opposite him. The other defender then steps into the receiver, with his shoulder aimed at the ball.

DEVELOPMENT

Put two defenders at one end of the box facing out. You point to one of the three lines and the attackers start from here.

You shout “go”. The first attacker has to run straight, but can pass when he likes. The defenders turn, with one defender pressurising the ball carrier and the other working out whether to “jam in” or stay out.

GAME SITUATION

Put a 9 by a ruck and get four attackers to flow around from behind the ruck to line up to receive the ball. Another attacker starts on the far edge. Put three defenders on the other side. Two can start by a cone slightly wider out to help them be in a good position to “jam in”.

TECHNIQUE

  • Decide whether to meet “man and ball”.
  • Move from out to in, targeting the ball with the shoulder.
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