EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Scrambling: rear tackling

Most tackles from behind are from an angle. Use this session to develop the skills to make realistic tackles as players “scramble” back and chase a ball carrier.

A rear tackle is a recovery tackle by a player who’s chasing.

ACTIVITY

  1. A ball carrier starts at a marker and has to run and turn at right angles to get through two more markers.
  2. At this point the tackler can start running and with his greater speed catch and tackle the ball carrier.

GAME SITUATION 1

  1. A line of players runs forward, passing the ball. The tackler aims to chase across to tackle either the third or fourth ball carrier. Adjust the distances to suit your players.

GAME SITUATION 2

  1. Play 3 v 2 in a 20m box. Have three defenders placed around the sides and end of the box, as in the bottom picture.
  2. Play touch rugby until the attack break through and move out of the box. The defending side aim to stop the ball carrier scoring, with the other defenders now joining in.
  3. Because there are new defenders in front of the breaking ball carrier, they are likely to slow down, making it easier for the chasing defenders to make a tackle.

TECHNIQUE

  • Link arms around the waist, drive forward, slide linked arms down the attacker’s legs and pull tight, landing on top of the ball carrier and challenging for the ball.
  • Work with others to communicate who is taking the ball carrier.
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