EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Twist and shake

Develop your tacklers‘ ability to twist the ball carrier and win back the ball. Then, work on playing the turnover ball away.

A twist tackle can expose the ball carrier to other defenders, increasing the chances of a turnover.

ACTIVITY

  1. Have the players work in pairs.
  2. Start with the players in the final hold. The tackler should have one arm under the armpit of the player and the other hand on his hip.
  3. The ball carrier takes one step forward and the tackler twists him (For instance, right arm under ball carrier’s right armpit, left hand on left hip, as in the top picture. Twist the ball carrier clockwise).
  4. Once the players are comfortable, build up from a walk to a jog.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Set up the cones and a 3 v 3 players.
  2. Have a ball carrier run low into the first defender. The defender has to try to twist and shake the ball carrier, but if not between him and the other defender, win the ball and then release the other players.

  1. The defenders now counter-attack, with full contact, with all the players involved.

TECHNIQUE

  • Defender: soak up the ball carrier as he dips before contact, then grab him under the armpit and by the hip, twist him over with his momentum so he lands on the ground with you over him.
  • Release the ball carrier on the ground and then grab for the ball.
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