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
Manipulate the attack by Zinzan Brooke
A ball carrier will want to attack a defender square-on so he has both shoulders to run at. So the defender should start to the side so he can dictate where the attacker runs before making a tackle.
Standing inside or outside the attacking target will force him to move to where you want.
- Set up a 1 v 1, with the defender opposite the attacker.
- The defender aims to make a shoulder contact with the attacker.
- Next, have the defender start from the corner.
- He should be able to manipulate the attacker to make a side-on tackle.
- Now, set up a 2 v 2, with an attacking feeder.
- The attackers and defenders align along the sides of the box, and then the feeder passes into the box.
- The defenders should line up either inside or outside the attackers.
- The attackers aim to score while the defenders aim to get a shoulder onto the ball carrier – get them to practise the techniques shown above.
- (A) Keep the eyes open in the tackle, with the head to the side.
- (B) For a bigger impact, target the ball carrier’s midriff.
- Come forward towards the attacker.
- Don’t get in front of the attacker until the last moment.
- Head to the side of the ball carrier in the tackle.
- Target the “bread basket” (stomach) with the shoulder for a heavier impact