Rugby: Tackle Conditioning

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DESCRIPTION

  • This is a simply set up game designed to test players' ability to continuously make tackles, especially when fatigued.
  • Each area should be about 10m long and 5m wide - 1 tackle tube required.
  • Starting from one end, a player runs to the other end where the tube is standing up, and the player tackles the tube to the floor.
  • That player must then pick the tube up and run back to the original position and place the tackle tube there, stood up.
  • The other player in the pair runs from their end, and tackles the tube to the floor, before picking the tube up and carrying it back to thetheir end.
  • Continue this for one minute.

COACHING POINTS

  • Ensure players wrap both arms around the tube and get a strong low position when tackling.
  • Should be instructed to get into a rucking position after the tube is on the ground, for one second, before picking the tube up.
  • Keep telling the players to maintain a high running speed at all time. The rest comes when the partner is making the tackle.

PROGRESSION

  • This can also be added into a game of touch.
  • For example, when a touch tackle is made, the player making the touch runs off to the backline and tackles a tackle tube, stands it back up and rejoins the game.
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