EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Tacklers into jacklers

Help players practise the risk and reward elements of attempting to turnover the ball in the tackle area. It starts with good tackling and then decisions on whether to compete for the ball.

If the ball carrier is momentarily isolated, support players need to react quickly to secure the ball.

ACTIVITY

  1. The ball carrier runs diagonally across the square looking to score a try in the box at the far corner. 
  2. The tackler moves out to meet them and makes a side-on tackle aiming to knock them down.
  3. Once the tackle is complete, the tackler must release, get back to their feet and try to get hands on the ball.
  4. Remember they have to release the tackled player completely and, when going for the ball, must be supporting their weight with their legs not their arms.
  5. The tackler must come through the “gate“, which means they have to arrive from behind the offside line, just like any other defender.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Move to a 2v2 game in the same size square. The attacking team retains possession by winning the tackle situation while the defence is trying to turnover the ball.
  2. Only 1v1 tackles are allowed.

TECHNIQUE

Tacklers move forward quickly.

Players need to understand tackle and ruck laws. Tackling round the legs is the best way to produce a turnover. Often the ball carrier’s momentum will carry them beyond the tackle, away from their support and closer to the oncoming defenders. Even if the ball carrier can place the ball away from the tackle, the advantage is with the defending support players to get there first.

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