EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Turn tackling into defence

Players must work on their individual technique whilst cooperating with their team mates to reduce the options for the attack. This session develops this mindset.

A tackler is part of the whole defence. A defence is not always breached because a tackle has been missed, but because a space is not covered.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put two attackers, with a ball each, 2m outside one side of the box, each opposite a corner. On the opposite side of the box, put two attackers in a similar position, but with just one ball between them. 
  2. Put two defenders on the corners of the box, in front of the attackers with the two balls. 
  3. Have the attackers run towards the box corners, and be tackled by the defenders coming forward.

  1. The defenders then turn and defend the box as you release the two other attackers.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Play two attackers (with a feeder) against three defenders.
  2. The defenders aim to defend with ideally a 2 v 1 tackle. As soon as the tackle is completed (or a try is scored), make the players break, put two more attackers in place, and once the box is cleared, the new attackers attack. 
  3. Go for at least four attempts.

TECHNIQUE

  • Complete your own tackle. 
  • Work with your team mates to close down the attack, with your tackle channel secure.
  • “Work with” means: come up together, do not leave spaces allow attackers to go through.
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