EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

1, 2, 3 step: TACKLE!

Build up the tackle confidence and techniques of your players by using short distances for the ball carrier to run forward while still aiming to beat the tackler – then increasing them.

Why use it

The tackler can work on his body height, footwork and leg drive in a low impact environment, while the ball carrier has to use quick feet to get to the side of the tackler.

Set up

12 cones set out in two triangles as in picture 1. A ball. You can set up a couple of these areas for pairs to work in.

1, 2, 3, step TACKLE!

How to do it

Put a tackler in the middle of the cones and, to start with, a ball carrier 1m away (see picture 1). The ball carrier starts by reacting to your signal to move left or right. He steps outside that cone and goes for the cone directly in front of him. The tackler steps forward and makes a side-on tackle (see picture 2).

Swap and repeat. After several goes, the ball carrier starts on the next set of cones back repeating the step to the side and then forward. Finally work off the back cones (see picture 3).

Adjust the distances to match the ability and size of your players.

Technique

  • Keep feet active
  • Eyes fixed on the tackle target at all times
  • Step into the tackle
  • Head in the right place.
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