Make sure your players enter the breakdown legally – by getting tough through the tackle gate. This will also mean they’ll arrive square and in a better position to drive over the ball and win it. MORE
Recycle players, recycle ball
If you’re on the ground you’re out of the game – which is bad news given the speed of rugby nowadays. So condition your players to spring to their feet and return to the defence in a productive way quickly.
With the modern game being played at a much faster pace, the need for players to be on their feet and active in defence is more important than ever.
- Have two ball carriers stand between two cones at the start.
- A defender stands 5m in front of them.
- To the left and the right of the defender, and 5m behind him, place cones to make six numbered gates.
- The first ball carrier runs at the left or right shoulder of the defender, who makes the tackle.
- Once the tackle is made, the second ball carrier is given a gate to run to.
- The defender must get up as quickly as possible and chase down BC2 before they enter the gate – start with two-handed touch on the waist, before progressing to a full tackle.
- Post contact, use the momentum of BC1 attacking the shoulder to swing their lower body around.
- If you ensure players end the tackle on top of BC1 (chest facing ground), they should be able to bring their knees towards their chest and push up away from BC1.
- Focus on BC2’s hips because going low helps when chasing a defender.
- Going high can allow the attacker an easy fend-off.