Make sure your players enter the breakdown legally – by getting tough through the tackle gate. This will also mean they’ll arrive square and in a better position to drive over the ball and win it. MORE
Sharpen your tackling king pins
It’s customary for the “middle five” to do the lion’s share of tackling in a match. So accommodate this activity to work on the types of tackle the back row and half backs are likely to make.
The middle five should have good technique and understanding of the roles they play in defence. Doing this drill will help your team to stop attacks and regain the ball more consistently.
- Put three players opposite three tackle tubes and one to the side.
- Each tube is numbered and has a ball on top.
- As the players move forward, call a tube number.
- The one(s) closest to the nominated tube must tackle it.
- The support players either assist with the tackle or get on the loose ball quickly.
- Add two more tackle tubes so that the players now have to drift and make a side-on tackle.
- The final stage is to use five attacking players and play live rugby.
- Move forward together.
- The initial tackler goes low, hitting the pad with his shoulder.
- Wrap the arms tight around the pad and drive it over using the legs.
- When recovering the ball, support players should scoop it up or drop on it