The player with the ball walks slowly in front of the other player.
As the ball carrier is walking the defender should time their move so that they in the correct position to tackle when the player is in front of them.
At this point the tackler should wrap their arms tightly around the other player's knees, position their head behind their bum and drive with their shoulder to bring the player to the ground.
Falling to their bum before rolling onto their shoulder, once on the floor the other player should place the ball above their head on the ground.
Repeat 4 times each to reinforce the correct technique before changing player's roles over.
Start with this simple tackling drill with no resistance to the tackle to get your players warmed up and used to contact.
Starting with their backs to one another, two players stand 5 metres apart and run off in opposite directions along one side of the 20 metre grid.
At the corners of square each player cuts back into the grid and the player with the ball attempts to score by running with the ball into the far corner. The blue player's objective is to tackle them and prevent them from scoring.
Players 3m apart Â slightly crouched
One of pair nominated as tackler
On balls of feet, with feet shoulder width apart the coach calls either Right or Left.
Players stand 5 metres apart, only the attacking player moves in this drill, the tackler remains still as their partner approaches.
As the player gets close the tackler should keep their head up and engage the runner with either their left or right shoulder.
Holding around their knees tightly and driving with their shoulder they should allow the player to fall over their shoulder to floor.
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