Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
Halfway to the tackle
Learning to tackle isn’t an all-or-nothing process. Take it in stages by first tackling when already in contact with the ball carrier, then making a tackle on the move and, finally, working as a pair.
Tackling is largely about confidence. It’s also about working as a team in defence, not leaving the job to others.
- First, work on a “halfway” tackle.
- The tackler is already in contact with his shoulder on the ball carrier.
- The carrier should have one foot in front of the other.
- The tackler drives the carrier to the ground, using a strong grip and leg drive.
- Next, the defender goes in a 6m by 4m box and the ball carrier jogs into it on either the left- or right-hand side.
- The tackler moves across to make a side-on tackle. Increase the intensity as their confidence increases.
- Finally, two tacklers work together to defend a gain line and a try line.
- One of three carriers comes forward.
- The attackers get one point for getting over the first line and two points if crossing the second line.
- Make impact with the shoulder first.
- Strong grip.
- Get in close before making the tackle.
- Get low first and drive the legs through the tackle.