EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

The chop tackle

U11–U12 | DEFENCE 4

Get players used to getting feet in close to the ball carrier before the tackle and driving with the shoulder to bring down the ball carrier

  1. Split players into pairs, an attacker and a defender, with one ball per pair. Line attackers up on one side of the 10m square area and defenders on an adjacent side (not opposite).

The chop tackle 1

  1. When you say “go”, the attacker aims to run through the square and score at the far end. The defender’s job is to stop him using a low chop tackle.

 

Making a chop tackle-fixed

  1. Begin at jogging pace and build up to full speed. Once mastered, encourage the tackler to get to his feet and challenge for the ball.
  2. When players are confident making a chop tackle, Introduce a support player with a ruck pad to make challenging for the ball after the tackle more realistic. Add a second defender to also challenge for the ball.

The chop tackle 2

 

You will need

  • A 10m square (but you can start smaller with less able players)
  • 1 ball per pair
  • Cones
  • Ruck pads

Got more players?

Line up defenders and attackers ready to take their turn, or set up another square alongside.

What to tell your players

“Get close to the ball carrier”
“Get low and accelerate into the ball carrier’s legs”

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