Develop good footwork in the last few steps before the tackle. First, to power into a tackle situation, and then to adjust as the tackle target moves either to the left or the right. This activity uses low-impact outcomes with tackle tubes to focus on the technical aspects of the skill. MORE
VIDEO: Tackling technique drill under fatigue
Put your players’ tackle technique under pressure by using their four corner drill to get even closer to game conditions. Listen carefully for the cues that are given to the player throughout the exercise, so they can focus on excellent outcomes, even when they are tired.
- Put four ruck-pad holders at the corners of a 10m box.
- Put a player on a cone in the middle.
- They have a minute to drive into as many pads as possible, in rotation, starting from middle each time.
- The coach keeps reminding them of the key points.
- After a minute, every time the player returns to the middle, the next pad comes forward. Now the player has to drive back the pad holder to the cone.
- Keep the head up.
- Stay as tall as long as you can.
- Knees drop, not head.
- Hands up before the contact.
- A little jump into the contact.
- The hips should be lower than the ruck-pad holder’s hips.