EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Precision in the tackle collision

Front-on and side-on low tackles can bring down ball carriers quickly. In this tackle template, here’s what the defender should do to complete the tackle effectively.

Most tackles are neutral or passive. That means that the tackler concedes some ground after the impact. That’s not a bad thing, as long as the tackle is completed and the ball carrier goes to ground quickly.

Even at the top level, unless there are two tacklers to one ball carrier, most tackles are aimed at bringing the ball carrier down fast.

When you see the best players in action, their technique is pretty much the same:

  1. Head up and eyes open.
  2. Body active and ready to drive forward.
  3. Impact with their shoulder.
  4. Finish with a tight grip between their arms, shoulders, body and head.

For activities and techniques to improve precision in the tackle try out…

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