EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Practise instinctive tackling

Create low-impact tackle situations where the defender has to move into position without much time to think. A sharp response and accurate technique are called for in this defence activity.

Work on footwork to get the tackler in the right position to make a semi front-on tackle. He’ll need to get his head in the right place while driving through with his feet. Then he can work with a partner to complete the tackle.

  1. Put a tackler one step in front of a ruck-pad holder.
  2. A ball carrier stands 1m behind the pad holder.
  3. When you say “go”, the tackler pushes the pad holder with both hands.
  4. At the same time, the ball carrier runs left. He must go no wider than 4m.

  1. The tackler aims to tackle the ball carrier.
  2. The next tackler and ball carrier then step up.

  1. Develop by allowing the ball carrier to go left or right.
  2. Finally, have two defenders working together, with the second defender targeting the ball or aiming to steal it once the tackle is made.

TECHNIQUE

  • Hands up, elbows in.
  • Short, quick steps into the ball carrier.
  • Head behind the body or backside of the carrier.
  • Tight grip and drive the legs to finish the tackle.
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