EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Soak up tackles

This session works on players reading the situation and not being afraid to give up ground as long as the tackle is made.

Sometimes the tackler needs to accept that he cannot “win” the contact, but still needs to bring the ball carrier to ground effectively.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put a ball and feeder by a ruck pad. Put an attacker about 2m to the side. Put a defender behind the ruck pad.
  2. Have the ball fed into the attacker who aims to beat the defender and score at the far end. The defender has to make sure he tackles the attacker before he makes it to the far end.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Add in another attacker who is just behind the feeder. Add in another defender.
  2. The feeder can pass to either player, who can, if they want, offload the ball.
  3. The defenders can use any sort of tackle to stop the attack reaching the other end.

GAME

  1. Put five attackers at one end of the box, and four defenders in the middle of the box, with a ruck pad at the side (around the middle) with a ball.
  2. The attack aims to score at the far end. Allow no rucks, but tackled players can offload. The defence have around 7m space to soak up the pressure to prevent a try.

TECHNIQUE

  • Tackler: get in front of the ball carrier and use his momentum to take him down.
  • Shape your body to soak up the tackle, so he falls over you rather than you bouncing off with the impact.
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