Rugby: Chop Tackle - Pad Drill

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Heather, Rugby Coach

DESCRIPTION

  • Aim to develop good tackle habits through repetitive practice. Using pads allows you to train with intensity whilst lowering the impact on the body.
  • Set up two lines of players 5 metres apart
  • Attackers start on the 5 metre line with a tackle pad and defenders start on the try line
  • A coach or non participating player will stand behind the defending players (tacklers) and indicate the direction the attacking players run by raising their arm.
  • The attacking players (with pads) take 2 steps forward and then step 45 degrees and try to score on the try line.
  • The defending line need to communicate (whatever the teams call for getting off the line), eg READY READY UP (when attack moves – ball is lifted in a match)
  • The defending line come off the line and complete a tackle and reset to go again.




COACHING POINTS

  • Attacking players
  • Need to engage the defender first (go forward 2/3 steps) then step (45 degrees) and accelerate to score on the try line
  • Attacking players needs to keep running when they are about to get tackled (break the tackle)
  • Tackling players
  • Need to be on their toes, scanning and communicating (nominate who they have)
  • Hands need to be up in front of their chest and move their outside foot close to the attacking player
  • Make solid shoulder contact, wrap their arms around the attackers legs and use a strong leg drive



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