Welcome to the newly created Akuma rugby blog, I will be writing on this as a regular feature, but as with coaching one man’s opinion is not the gospel, so all comments are welcomed.

Tackling and Defence how you tackle dictates the whole of your game plan

Bizarre title but if you think about it tackling is a skill, defence is a composite of skills combined that incorporates tackling, amongst other facets, that combine to make your try line impregnable. How you tackle has an effect on the way the ball is presented at the breakdown. Do you take him to floor, do you wrap him up, do you double tackle?

Chris Chudleigh

Coaching in Conwy

Chris Chudleigh - Coaching Burton RFC Colts

Coaching in action

To teach tackling without reference to how you are going to defend could mean that you practise 1000s of head on tackles in training but actually in a match very few players will make that sort of tackle. So if we are looking at how we teach/practise tackling within the realms of also working on our defensive co-ordination we need to ask ourselves what we are trying to achieve from our defensive efforts? Not “to stop the other team from scoring” this doesn’t have enough detail and is taken as red anyway. But “to press the opposition to the opposite touchline to force them out of space” or “to close down their outside options forcing them back towards our forwards”. Both styles of defence will see a different type of tackle predominantly employed, both should see the attack having either more or less freedom to run dependent upon which defence you operate.

Once you have done this you then need to look at the game beyond the tackle, how do we target regaining possession, too much defence and tackling is about simply stopping the man!

There is lots more to come on this but I would welcome your comments as to how you do it, if you agree or disagree and what you think is the best way.

Looking forward to some interesting opinions.

All the best