Kneeling rugby is a low impact contact game which is ideal to learn to tackle. It's one of my favourites because I've seen my players using it unprompted on other occasions (in their homes or in small areas in gardens). MORE
VIDEO: Learning to tackle with walking the line
Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it’s much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground.
In this exercise, the ball carrier “walks the line”, making them more unbalanced. When the tackle comes in, the ball carrier’s legs aren’t splayed (spread), so the grip is easier.
In the video, look out for the following:
- Questioning by me on which side the head should go. Because this young tackler is used to using their right shoulder, they mistakenly go with the wrong to start with.
- A focus on a correct fall from the ball carrier. I’m very tough on players who put out a hand to break their fall.
- Have the tackler recover and compete for the ball.
- Have the ball carrier jogging, though still putting one foot almost directly in front of the other.
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