As the attack goes the same way from a ruck, where should the first defenders line up? There are no hard and fast rules, so use this breakdown activity to help them make the right decisions. 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.