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. MORE
VIDEO: Retaining the ball at the wide ruck
If the ball carrier beats the first man and then is tackled, it creates a wide ruck, where the next two supporting players can maintain quick ball by stacking up behind the tackled player.
- Put a feeder and two attackers at one side of the box, a defender just inside the box, and another defender about 5m away.
- The feeder passes to the first attacker who uses footwork to step outside the first defender. This first defender is passive, and makes no attempt to tackle.
- The first attacker then goes to the second defender, is tackled and presents the ball – preferably with a long placement.
- The second attacker goes over the top of the ball on the ground and takes up a strong position beyond the ball, aiming to retain his bodyweight. The feeder then follows in behind, binding behind the hips of the second attacker.
- The first defender comes round and tries to dislodge the attackers.
- Develop by making the first defender aim to tackle the first attacker.
NOTE: The position of the first ruck support player is debatable. At junior levels, encourage the player to be in a crouched position, not with their hands on the ground.
DEVELOP THE PRACTICE
- In a 10m box, put two defenders in the middle. Have a ball at the side of the box in the middle. Put two attackers inside the box and another attacker next to a feeder.
- The feeder passes to either one of the attackers, who aims to beat defender in front of him, but cannot offload the ball.
- The attack aim to recycle the ball within three seconds of the tackle being made.