EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

T for tackling session

Use this full session to build up the right footwork to make strong tackles, both on an individual basis and in a team context. Warm up with some footwork and gentle contact, then start to increase the intensity.

WARM UP

Split into pairs inside a box, say 10 players inside a 10m box for example. One player in each box is the attacker. The other is the defender. They stand 1m apart facing each other. When you say “go”, the attacker moves left and then right without bumping into any other players.

They can’t move forward or backwards. When you should tackle, the defender has to put two hands on the chest of the attacker. To do this, he has to be tracking his attacker across the box.

Initially, all the pairs can be evenly spaced, so there’s little chance of bumping into each. However, change the way they face to make it more chaotic.

EXERCISE

KEY TECHNIQUES FOR T-TACKLING

  • Stay light on the feet before making the tackle.
  • Try to keep the shoulders facing up the pitch when moving across the field to tackle. Otherwise it’s easy to become unbalanced.

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