As the attack goes the same way from a ruck, where should the first defenders line up? There are no hard and fast rules, so use this breakdown activity to help them make the right decisions. 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.