EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Easy defence

Build tackling confidence and tackling technique with low impacts. Then focus on completing the tackle by the tackler to get back into the game.

Low impact tackling still requires good skills to bring the ball carrier to the ground.

ACTIVITY

  1. Have an attacker with a ball being held by the shorts by a defender.
  2. Put a tackler about 2m to the side of this pair. Make the attacker drive forward whilst being held.
  3. When they are then released by the defender, the other player makes a side-on tackle.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Add an attacker about 3m behind the attacker who is being held. When the attacker with the ball is released by the defender, all the players are involved in trying to win the ball back.
  2. Let play develop into a contest over the ball until there is a clear victor or an infringement. Swap attackers and defenders and repeat.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Put three attackers in a small box at one end of the main box, and three defenders on their try line.
  2. Ask the defenders to walk forward and then release the attackers.
  3. Play normal rugby, without kicking, until a try’s scored, an infringement or the attack lose the ball.
  4. Award a point for a try and a point for the defence stealing the ball. Swap over defence and attack.

TECHNIQUE

  • Target the shorts, get close with the feet, hard in with the shoulder, tight grip and drive with feet.
  • Recover and challenge for the ball.
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