Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 January 2014 16:55
Rugby is tackling. You have got to like doing the physical stuff, get your kit dirty. This is why we play the game: we want to get in, feel alive, the rush of the succesful tackle.
- Rugby is confrontation: I have the ball, are you going to stop me?
- How do we coach a succesful tackle?
- Create confidence
- Focus on safety
- Give the players the physical aspect at each training sessions
Our big goalkicker: Jonny W. and another statistic: in the 2003 Six Nation Championship the tackle count ended like this:
This page is dedicated to the tackle only, I have a separate page for the place of the tackle in a defensive organisation.
I have found a great website with a focus on technique from a injury prevention perspective. Have a look at their website. I used their key-factors below and added my own experience.
Taking the ball into contact
The increases in injuries in the tackle are not just restricted to the tackler. You as the Coach should ensure that all players are aware of the correct technique for taking the ball into contact.
Here is the list for the tackling player:
- Focus on the contact zone of opponent, think about what part of your body you are going to hit the target on your opponent.
- Move forward to meet the ball carrier, a couple of meters out take little steps / dribble. You can than make the last adjustments.
- Sink early into the tackle position and bend knees.
- Chin up, eyes open. You strengthen your neck muscles.
- Arms above the waist.
- Head to the side or behind on impact – cheek to cheek.
- Contact with the shoulder, HARD.
- Wrap with arms – maintain grip.
- Drive with legs and keep feet on the ground.
- Land on top
- Get up and go for the ball / Roll away
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