Use this exercise after learning some tackle techniques to improve the defender's awareness and resilience in making tackles. There will be misses, nearly tackles and good tackles. Low impact and fun, it's aimed at younger players, but you can certainly use it with all ages. MORE
Coach the defensive front on tackle
The tackler targets the opposition player's waist. He needs to get low in order to get under any potential hand off.
The tackler keeps moving forward and has to get in front of the ball carrier. Just before contact he should set himself in a strong crouched position with one foot slightly in front of the other.
The head stays up, with the eyes looking at the target until contact is made.
Shoulder, head, arms
Contact is made with the shoulder. The head tucks in tight to the hip and the arms form a tight band round the thighs.
From the strong crouch position just before contact, the tackler rolls back using the ball carrier's momentum to bring them to ground.
The games in my 48 Rugby Skills Manual will challenge your players, whilst allowing them to practise their skills and develop their tactical awareness in the face of committed opponents.
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