A video showing mini rugby players how to double tackle
The offload is becoming more and more common in the game, with players able to get a pass away while being tackled to keep their team’s attacking move alive. So how do you stop players from offloading?
One way is the double tackle. The first tackler goes low to ensure the ball-carrier is brought to the ground. The second tackler can go higher to wrap up the ball and prevent the attacker from passing to a team-mate.
If the second tackler is quick to get to their feet, they can also look to steal the ball and launch a counter-attack of their own.
Watch this video to see mini rugby players demonstrating this skill. Try walking it through with two team-mates first to ensure you get your body positions right and increase the speed as you get more comfortable with the technique. Then try it out in a game situation.
In every issue of Rugby World magazine you will find step-by-step guides on how to perform various skills to help mini rugby players develop their overall game. Mini rugby coach Nigel Botherway also provides details of different training games minis can play, which are fun and help to improve skill levels.
We have also produced videos showing mini players performing various skills so you can practise replicating what they do to learn the correct technique and improve your game.