The key to good tackling is how players get into position. They start working on this at a very young age in Australia. This is called tracking and is done before any contact is made. MORE
Video session: Double up in contact
When a ball carrier goes into contact with another player binding onto him, both the “latcher” and the ball carrier need to know the detail to make the most of the drive through contact.
Binding onto the ball carrier – “latching”.
HOW TO DO IT
- Have a ball carrier and an outside latcher attack the ruck pads. With an outside latcher, the ball carrier, as he receives the ball, angles his run out slightly and the latcher binds onto the hip of the ball carrier to add momentum through the pads.
- Have a ball carrier and inside latcher. This time the ball carrier angles in towards the pass and the latcher binds level with the ball carrier as they reach the pads.
- In each case the players drive through the pads, with the ball carrier going to ground if necessary and the second player protecting the ball carrier.
- Develop by having the feeder at the corner of the box either passing and latching, or picking and going with the other player latching on.
“Receiver – check you have your latcher ready”
WHAT TO CALL OUT
- Latch-on level on the inside to give more protection.
- Latch-on by the hip on the outside because it gives more power.
DEVELOP THE PRACTICE
- Play a normal game of touch rugby in a narrow area. When the ball carrier is touched he has to go to ground immediately. If another player can “latch on” within a second, then they can drive forward 3m before going to ground.
- Play four touches before turning over the ball.
- Develop by making it a grab tackle and not a touch tackle.