A stationary defender will invariably lose the battle of the gain line. However, this defender can stop a powerful ball carrier who’s running directly at him by soaking up the force with a wrap tackle. Here’s how... MORE
Stand up and win the tackle
Stop powerful runners on the gain line and look for turnovers by using the wrap tackle method to bring down the ball carrier quickly.
By wrapping up the ball carrier in the tackle, the tackler uses the momentum to his advantage. Rather than being knocked backwards, he falls with the ball carrier to the ground.
In the set-up, ideally use a crash mat or a soft piece of ground.
- Working with training/crash mats to fall onto, a ruck-pad holder walks towards a stationary tackler.
- The tackler goes from low to high at the last moment, wrapping up the ruck pad and falling backwards on the crash mat.
- Make the ruck-pad holder lower his angle of attack just before impact, forcing the tackler to adjust his wrap height.
- Develop by putting two attackers facing two defenders about 5m away from each other.
- A feeder passes the ball to one of the attackers who runs forward.
- The tackler in front of him makes a wrap tackle from a standing position and his team mate comes in to secure the ball.
- Check that the tackler twists or rolls after he makes the wrap to ensure his head does not impact on the ground.
- The tackler should stand up and wrap late.
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