OBJECTIVE:

To practice techniques with the side-on tackle and falling in the tackle.

EQUIPMENT:

3 cones.

GROUP SIZE:

In a group of three.

AREA:

Small.

DRILL SET-UP:

Tackler stands facing two attackers, positioned in the middle only 1m away. All are on their knees.

DRILL EXPLANATION:

  1. On “go”, the tackler must make as many tackles as they can in 10/20 secs.
  2. One on left then on right then back to left and so on.

Key Coaching Points

  • Technique with confidence is the key to effective and safe tackling – it must be practised with head on side, shoulder first and squeeze.
  • Watch and correct their technique.
  • Points taken off if there is bad technique.
  • The defender has their eyes open and is sighting the target. They drive in with the head to the side and shoulder making a strong contact via a straight back, thrust the arms forward around the attacker and squeeze their arms together by grabbing their own wrist.
  • Bounce up and get ready for the next tackle.

VARIATIONS / PROGRESSION:

  1. Introduce a ball.
  2. Widen area.
  3. DO it standing.

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