EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Slide tackling

Practise side-on tackles in more game-related situations. In this session, the players slide across to tackle. It puts defenders under pressure work together to cover attacks that move the ball wide.

Most ball carriers want to avoid the tackler, hence side-on tackles are more common that front-on tackles.

ACTIVITY

  1. Set up a defender and ball carrier as in the top picture. Set up a mirror group as well.
  2. Have the ball carrier jog around the cones and then aim at the gap in front of him. The defender tracks across to make the tackle.
  3. Increase the pace of the exercise as the players become more confident.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Set up two attackers and two defenders as in the middle picture.
  2. Have the attackers run around the cones and attack the gap in front of them. The defenders track across.
  3. Use full tackling with the emphasis on getting the ball carrier on the ground. Attackers can pass the ball before and in the tackle.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Put three defenders in the small gap about 10m in front of the try line as in the bottom picture. Have five attackers opposite them.
  2. Release the attackers who have to score at the far end. They can set up in any way they want.
  3. Adjust the starting point for the defenders to pose different problems.

TECHNIQUE

  • Defender: move into position to make the tackle, by keeping your eyes open, targeting at the shorts, putting your head behind the legs, clamping and squeezing the legs.
  • Look to intercept the ball carrier rather than meet the ball carrier.
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