The switch pass is notoriously difficult to coach. Try out this activity to let your players develop the right sort of skill. There are lots of moving parts in a switch pass which mean, even at the top level, they can be difficult to execute. This activity gives the players more awareness of their running lines and potential passes. MORE
VIDEO: Tackle, jackle, roll
Develop players’ skills around the tackle and post-tackle situation. The tackler makes the tackle and then rolls out quickly. The ball carrier aims to present the ball well to prevent the steal (jackle).
- Put a ball carrier and tackler lying on their fronts on the ground about 1m apart.
- Put a ruck-pad holder behind the ball carrier about 3-5m away and a defending player about 3-5m behind the tackler.
- The tackler nominates a shoulder and the ball carrier gets up and runs at that shoulder. He must not step away from that path.
- The tackler low tackles (chops) the ball carrier to the ground.
- The other two players come forward to contest for the ball, with the ruck-pad holder aiming to prevent the defender from grabbing the ball.
- Develop by removing the ruck pad and/or changing the positions of the support players.
Tackler: roll out quickly and get back into the game quickly.
- Ball carrier: Be busy on the ground to present the ball.
- Support players: Take the space over the ball if you can’t go for the ball.
- Arrive square, over the ball and on your feet.
DEVELOP THE PRACTICE
Play a game of touch rugby, 5 v 5 in a 20m box.
When a touch is made, the ball carrier and the tackler go onto their fronts, with the ball carrier putting the ball on the ground behind him. They cannot return to the game until the ball is played away by the attack.
When you shout “change”, the game turns into full contact with the following rules: Only one tackler allowed on the ball carrier and he uses a low tackle – that’s below the waist. There’s no offloading allowed, and only one player from each team is allowed to contest for the ball.
Play until an error is made or a try scored, and then restart the touch game again.