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VIDEO: Learning to tackle low impact game
Kneeling rugby is a low impact contact game which is ideal to learn to tackle. It’s one of my favourites because I’ve seen my players using it unprompted on other occasions (in their homes or in small areas in gardens).
In training, I use it because:
- It promotes good technique – stopping the game if there’s an error.
- Allows lots of opportunities to tackle.
- It’s easy to split into lots of small-sided games.
Note the progressions in the videos, plus my use of questioning to reinforce what the players have already learned.
The key terms I use here are:
- Cheek-to-cheek – getting the head in behind the ball carrier and close.
- Ring-of-steel – a tight grip on the ball carrier.
Also, notice how I develop this is into a dynamic game. Ideally, I would use 3 v 3, though it can work with up to 5 v 5. Odd numbers tend not to be a problem. That’s 4 v 3 or 5 v 4.