Encourage good head position and leg drive in this fun exercise in tackling. It’s low impact and ideal for building confidence with your players.
If a player can drive another player sideways, they’ll have probably got their foot position correct and their shoulder engaged into the flank of the ball carrier. If they can keep their eyes open, they should have their heads behind the ball carrier too.
Put a tackler in the middle of the box and four ball carriers inside the edge of the box.
The ball carriers walk around the edge of the box.
The tackler aims to bump them out of the box with a proper grip around the legs, hips or lower body.
Once each one is bumped, he stays out of the box.
After the ball carrier is bumped out, the defender then moves to the next ball carrier.
Once all the players are bumped, the tackler swaps with a ball carrier and it’s repeated.
Then, put a tackler in the middle of the new box.
Ball carriers split into two lines at one end of the box.
They come forward alternately once the tackler is back in the middle.
The tackler tackle-bumps the ball carriers out of the box. See how many he can complete in 30 seconds.
Engage the shoulder into the side of the ball carrier.
Work on the players footwork and grip in a low impact environment to develop realistic side-on tackling skills. Then add in recovery skills so players bounce back into the game. A side-on tackle needs a good grip and keeping the “wheels turning”. That means, once the impact is made, the tackler has use his feet to drive the ball carrier over so he can recover quickly. MORE
Use this four stage exercise to build better tackle technique. By emulating a boxer, the tackler develops balanced footwork, staying square to the target, punching the hands forward and then, at the end engaging the shoulder. It help players become more confident in contact. MORE
The RFU coaching development arm has just launched a new e-learning course on tackling to help support coaches, players and referees. It works well as an introductory tool for those new to tackling, but actually, all will find this extremely useful. MORE