EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Jacklers

Stealing the ball in the tackle

“Jackling” is when the tackling player regains his feet and wins the ball, or the next defender in wins the ball. This game is best played in small groups, and in a very competitive environment. It’s not a game for the slow of thought and deed.

Set up

Players: 3 v 3, with 3 players waiting to come on.
Area: 7m square.
Equipment: One ball.

Game notes

  • This is a 10 second game only. (Extend it if the players struggle.)
  • The winning team stays on, and the losing team swaps with the waiting players.
  • Only players on their feet can play the ball.
  • There is no offside and knock ons are allowed.
  • If the ball carrier or the ball goes out of the area, the team not in possession wins.
  • If there is a maul at the end of the game, call it a draw.
  • Be strict on the ball carrier releasing the ball when he is on the ground.

Score

  • 1 point for two consecutive wins.

48 key

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Players run around waiting for a pass from you. The team in possession can run and pass.

 

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10 Seconds – The team holding onto the ball after 10 seconds of play wins.

 

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8 seconds – The best way to turnover the ball is to tackle the player to the ground and then “jackle”.

What to call out

  • “Get the ball carrier to the ground quickly”
  • “Bounce off the ground to win the ball”
  • “Only play the ball when on your feet”

Coaching notes

  • Roll, throw or even bang the ball downwards into the area. Turn your back and throw it in as well.
  • Feedback on technique after five or so attempts. A good tackle is the key.
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