Improve your tacklers by understanding how the best defenders grew as players. I spoke to one player whose technical expertise stands out amongst her peers. By Dan Cottrell Sophie about to make a strong tackle Omega Photography www.facebook.com/photographyomega Sophie Ellis, a 17-year-old student in North Wales, has been playing rugby for the last four... MORE
U9 & U10: Introducing tackling
Get players used to making and taking tackles correctly by working backwards through the tackle.
1. Put your players into pairs and ask them to get into space. Tell them to decide who will be the tackler and who will be the attacker. Start with the players on the ground, with the tackler in a good finish position and the attacker holding the ball.
2. The tackler crouches and puts his arms around the attacker’s legs. The attacker does a parachute roll and the tackler just topples over with him.
3. The attacker starts upright, the tackler crouches with arms ready but not touching the attacker. Then the tackler moves forwards, nudges his shoulder into the attacker’s legs and wraps his arms around them. Attacker falls with this momentum and the tackler lands on top.
4. As step 3, but the tackler starts upright and steps into the tackle.
5. The attacker walks forward towards the tackle and the tackler takes a step into the tackle and repeats step 4.
6. Develop by moving from walking, to jogging to higher speeds and closing from increasing distances.
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