EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Tackling cores

Better tacklers read and anticipate the attackers’ movements. Improve your players’ anticipation skills by focusing on the ball carrier’s core.

An unbalanced defender just before contact is a good indicator of a poor tackle. The tackler should stay upright and dynamic (that’s on the balls of his feet) until he is close enough to step in and drive up.

  1. Split the team into pairs.
  2. One player is the tackler, and one the ball carrier (the ball is optional).
  3. Make them move around slowly and then shout “tackle”.
  4. The tackler moves into the ball carrier and lifts him up using a “bear hug”.
  5. They should take two steps and then put the player down.
  6. Reiterate the coaching points, swap round and repeat until players are comfortable with the techniques.
  7. Develop by making the ball carrier move around faster.

  1. Put a ball carrier at one end of a corridor and a tackler at the other end.
  2. Make the ball carrier try to beat the tackler.

  1. Place two attackers and feeder by a tackle tube.
  2. Stand two defenders on the other side, ready to defend the side of the tube.
  3. Have a 9 pop the ball up to the attackers who aim to get over the gain line.
  4. Increase the width the attack is allowed to go, and add in additional players only when the defenders are using the right techniques.
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