EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Side-on tackling squares

Work on the players footwork and grip in a low impact environment to develop realistic side-on tackling skills. Then add in recovery skills so players bounce back into the game.

A side-on tackle needs a good grip and keeping the “wheels turning”. That means, once the impact is made, the tackler has use his feet to drive the ball carrier over so he can recover quickly.

Put a tackler on each corner of the square.

Starting from one corner, have another player drag a tackle tube to the next corner.

The defender runs across and makes a side-on tackle on the tube, recovers and runs back to his corner.

The tube is then dragged across to the next corner and the action is repeated.

You can have two tubes working at once.

Develop by having a ruck-pad holder on each corner. After the tackle is made, the ruck-pad holder from the corner where the tube came from, comes forward and the tackler has to drive back the ruck pad.

TECHNIQUE

  • Get the feet close to the tackle.
  • Punch the arms through the tackle.
  • Grip hard.
  • Keep the wheels turning – don’t dive, drive into the tackle.
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