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
Stop them around the fringes – tackling for the front five
Your defence starts at the breakdown – with the tackling of your front five (numbers 1 to 5). Use these two elementary set-ups to help them knock opponents to the ground around the fringes.
Your front-five forwards should work on their tackle technique around the edges of the breakdown, focusing on low chop tackles that put carriers straight to ground.
- Set up a ball carrier and a defender standing about 5m away.
- Shout “go” and the defender runs across to the gate, stops and squares himself up.
- Shout “go” again and both attacker and defender advance.
- The attacker is only allowed one step either side of the defender.
- The defender makes a low tackle.
- Set up three defenders and two attackers plus a scrum half.
- On your first “go”, the defenders run into position.
- On your second “go” the 9 either picks and goes or passes to one of the attackers.
- The defender closest to the ruck shouldn’t drift over onto the running 9, but instead should hold his position on the inside.
- Shut space down quickly.
- Get the feet close, hitting with the shoulder above the knee and wrapping the arms around the legs.
- Drive the ball carrier’s legs to put him to ground – it will help force turnovers.