EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Front-on aggressive tackling

The front-on tackle also represents the best opportunity to dominate the ball carrier and win the battle for the gain line. This activity works on this.

Develop players’ ability to come forward, with or without their team mates to make front-on tackles.

ACTIVITY

  1. Each coloured defender guards their coloured cone channel. Each attacker is numbered 1-4, with ruck pads, tubes, suits or just a ball.

  1. You call a number and a colour – for instance, “3, yellow”.
  2. The nominated attacker has to try to get through the cone channel and as far along it as they can.
  3. The tackler has to get to the first pair of cones first and then advance on the attacker once they enter the cone channel. The defender attempts to drive the attacker back out of the cones, as far as they can.
  4. Work for one minute before changing players’ roles.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Widen the channels.
  2. Have more than one defender tackling in a channel.
  3. Add more defenders.
  4. Don’t stipulate which defender goes to which channel and have 1-3 attackers going to different channels at the same time. One attacker per channel, but they decide where they go.

TECHNIQUE

The tackler gets in to position early and first.

Hands up, elbows in.

On contact hit with the same shoulder and foot forward (left shoulder, left foot forward.

Drive through the gut and drive upwards, like a jet plane taking off.

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