EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

VIDEO: Phil Larder’s tackling shield drill

Use this drill to work on tackle technique, first and foremost, and the speed and formation of the defensive line. It focuses on head-on driving tackles with aggression and good timing.

 

  1. Put up to 12 shield-holders (ruck pads) in a circle, facing in. The shield is held in two hands, in front of the chest, with the arms and elbows out of the way.
  2. Put a defender in front of each shield, no more than 2m away.
  3. On your call, the defenders come forward to make the tackle.
  4. As the players develop, they take responsibility for setting up this exercise, which can be used as a pre-match warm-up.

TECHNIQUE

  • Move forward aggressively.
  • Drop the hips immediately before the contact.
  • Explode up and into contact.
  • Maintain the leg drive.

DEVELOPMENTS

Call left or right, and the players shift over to face a new pad.

Have the defenders jog around in the middle before, on your shout, setting up against a new pad.

Have the pads move around the circle, before stopping. The defenders then shift, set and tackle on your shout.

For more skills from Phil Larder, look at the following:

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