EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Finishing the tackle

A tackle is completed when the tackler has done everything in his power to prevent the tackled player releasing the ball to his team’s advantage. Work on what happens next.

ACTIVITY

  1. Set up a triangle of three cones around a ball carrier holding a ball between himself and a tackle tube. A defender starts opposite the tube.
  2. Shout out which cone to go around and the defender tackles the ball carrier to the ground and gets to their feet to retrieve the ball.
  3. The ball carrier holds onto the ball and tube as they fall. They then try to present the ball as if their try line was behind them.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Put a ball carrier inside the 3m square, jogging around. When you call a cone letter, the defender runs around that cone and puts the ball carrier on the ground.
  2. After the tackle, call out another cone, and the ball carrier has to place the ball towards that cone. The tackler prevents this legally.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Four attackers with a ball each have to score a try with their ball within 10 seconds. Two defenders try to stop them.
  2. Start the attackers walking around in their box, with the defenders patrolling along their 1m area.
  3. When you shout “go” the attackers can move and the defenders come into the attackers box. They touch the ball on their own try line before running towards the defenders’ try line.
  4. Once an attacker has scored a try, they can support a team mate.

TECHNIQUE

  • Grip and stick to the ball carrier, driving with your legs.
  • “Finish” the tackle by preventing clean presentation of the ball.
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