EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Bump and run

Not all tackles are made face to face or moving in lines. Sometimes players have to emerge from a ruck or previous contact and track back to cover – this game works on tackling from different angles.

Set-up

A 5m square outside a 20x10m box. A tackle tube lies flat outside the square – a defender (D) has two hands on the tube in a low, scrummage position. Inside the square is a tackle shield holder. An attacker (A) waits outside the square (picture 1).

The rules

On your call of “Go!”, A hits the tackle shield and rolls off into the 20x10m box. At the same time, D gets up and runs into the box to defend (picture 2). Now A has 10 seconds to score a try while D makes a full contact tackle or forces A out of play (picture 3).

Play teams of five.

Scoring

  • Teams of five have five attempts at scoring and five attempts at defending. One point for every try scored.
  • Add up the number of tries scored to find the winning team.

Tell them

“Close down the ball carrier quickly and focus on the tackle area – waist or chest.”

“Wrap arms and hold on tight.”

“Get as close to the ball carrier as possible, drive into the tackle to bring attacker to ground.”

Coaching tips

This game puts defenders in disadvantageous positions and makes them aware they still have defensive responsibilities – simply getting up isn’t enough.

 

Bump and run-1 Bump and run-2 Bump and run-3

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