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Name: Luke Holmes

Country: Australia

Sport: Rugby Union


Opened 10/12/19

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Hi Luke, can you please look at my one on one tackle. I cant seem to make tackles in a game as i get stepped or run over.

Ben Walker

Nice to meet you Ben.

Luke Holmes

What's going wrong for you:

  • Tackle position is creating is passive tackle

  • Tackler is constantly having to dive 

  • Tackler is stepped regularly

What you need to focus on:

  • Ben, remember you need to be moving forward to dominate the contact

  • Ben your movement action needs to be fast, to take the attackers space.  Then slow and remain on your toes to be agile for the attackers movement, then fast when initiating the contact point.

  • ben, you need to remain upright and on your toes until the foot of your tackle shoulder is within 50cm circumference of the attacker 

  • Ben now drop your shoulder height upon contact, we are aiming to hit up the hip area. (think plane taking off)

  • Now squeezing your ear against the attacking while wrapping your arms aggressively around the playing and squeezing the attacker to you.

  • Drive your legs while landing on top of the tackle

Luke Holmes

Coaches Library:

  • Check this footage of a dominent well executed tackle. 

  • Focus in how the defender is executing the above steps.

Ben, make sure you send me through your completed tackle. We love seeing players achieve success of our coaching.

Luke Holmes

Drills to work on:

  • 5m by 5m square

  • Defender to start at one end - Attacker to start at the other end

  • Defender to pass attacker the ball to start the drill

  • Attacker to try and score between the far end cones 

  • Defender to use the above key actions to manipulate the

  • attacker into a position to dominate the tackle

  • Start with using a hard to push as the contact point then

  • move to full contact

  • Drill to feature live in coaches or recruits video box

Luke Holmes

Luke Holmes

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