EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Target ball tackling

A target-ball tackle prevents offloads, but needs to avoid slipping into a high tackle. Use this session to improve techniques and keep tackling safe.

Targeting the ball is best used when there are players around the defender in case there’s a miss hit.

ACTIVITY 1

  1. Start with a player holding a ball, with a ruck pad sandwiched between their body and the ball. They run into the box, and the defender has to target the ball with their shoulder or arms.
  2. Start the defender from the side, or at an angle coming from behind or in front.
  3. Progress this by having one ruck-pad holder come into the box followed about three seconds later by another, so the defender has knock out two balls.

ACTIVITY 2

  1. Put a defender on one of four cones in the box. Have an attacker with a support player run into the box and aim to beat the defender.
  2. They are not allowed to pass the ball until they are in contact with the tackler. The tackler is aiming to prevent the offload.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Play a game of 3 v 3. The passes can be in any direction, though not above head height.
  2. The team in possession must try to make four passes. If they drop the ball, run out of the box or the ball is intercepted, then they restart again. They have four goes. If they complete four passes they gain a point.
  3. If the defence put the ball carrier to ground and he cannot pass the ball, then the defence gain a point.

TECHNIQUE

  • Get your leading foot close to the ball carrier, and drive low and then up at the ball.
  • Attack the ball, either with your shoulder or your arms.
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