Rugby: Drive-Through Contact Drill
 Drive-Through Contact Drill:
Ballcarrier Takes Four High-Knee Strides, Makes Contact With the Blocking Dummy and Contines With Another Four High-Knee Strides
Drive-Through Contact Drill: Ballcarrier Takes Four High-Knee Strides, Makes Contact With the Blocking Dummy and Contines With Another Four High-Knee Strides

Rugby: Drive-Through Contact Drill

Dick Moss, Editor, PE Update.com

Just because your ball-carriers get hit, it doesn't mean they have to go down. The key to breaking tackles is to bend at the waist, accelerate into the tackler with high-knee drive and continue that driving high-knee action for four or five strides after contact is made.

Drill
You can practice this tackle-breaking technique using the Drive-Through Drill. Have your players line up in single file facing a coach holding a tackling/ blocking dummy.  Carrying a ball, players bend forward at the waist and take four to five driving, high-knee strides at the dummy. Once they make contact, they bust through the tackle, continuing for another four-five high-knee strides.


References:
1. “Body  position and the control of contact.” Condensed from The RFC Technical Journal, Winter 1998. From the Patuxent River Rugby Football Club website, 2000.
2. Mathew Brown, Patrick Guthrie, Greg Growden, Rugby for Dummies, 3rd Edition, Wiley, 2011.


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