The low tackle is the best way to neutralise mismatches in size and power. It relies on a tackler closing down space to restrict the attacker’s speed and momentum – use this scoring game to get it right. MORE
VIDEO: Tackle low, like Dan Lydiate
The Welsh back rower, Dan Lydiate, is synonymous with the low tackle, which brings an attacker to ground quickly and forces him to release the ball. Get into the habit of “chopping” down the ball carrier with this drill.
HOW TO DO IT
- Put a tackle tube onto a ruck pad, with a player sitting at the end of the tube (or at an angle to give the tube some ballast).
- Have the first tackler stand 5m away between two cones placed 5m apart.
- The tackler moves sideways, left or right, to one of the cones and then runs forward to drive in to tackle the end of the tackle tube.
- After making the tackle, he rolls out and the next player comes forward.
- Make sure that the players tackle from both sides.
- To develop, set up two tackle tubes and ruck pads about 5m apart, with the defender stood 5m away. When the defender comes forward, indicate which tube he needs to run at.
Swing hard with the leading arm at the last moment to help you accelerate through the tackle.
WHAT TO CALL OUT
- “Get low before the tackle”
- “Make sure your head is on the correct side of the tackle”
- “Grab tight with the arms”
- “Keep the legs active after the contact”
A SIMPLE PRACTICE
- First, set up a dummy ruck with a ruck pad on the ground on the side of a 15m square box.
- Three attackers and a feeder line up on one side of the ruck, with three defenders facing them.
- When the feeder releases the ball, the attack aims to get over the gain line.
- The defenders come forward aggressively to make low tackles.