RUGBY SKILLS: HOW TO BUMP OFF A TACKLER

There are several ways to bump off a defender in rugby, depending on the distance between the ball-carrier and the player attempting to make the tackle. Here's our advice on how to do it properly. 

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To bump off tacklers with ball in hand, it's important to know how to carry the ball. If receiving the ball from the left, the ball should go under the right arm and you should go into contact with your left shoulder. You also need to have a secure footing, keep your back straight, and push upwards against your opponent. If receiving the ball from the right, the ball should go under your left arm. You should never bump off a tackler with the ball in an exposed position. 

Christophe Raluy, the coach of Olympique Marcquois Rugby, who play in France's fourth tier, explains how to position yourself when attempting to bump off a tackler.

1. PRIOR TO IMPACT

Before bumping off a tackler, it is essential to analyse the game and the positioning of the opposition defenders. This will allow you to gauge the distance and adapt the way you come into contact with your tackler. 

“There are various ways of bumping or holding off a tackler, depending on the distance between the ball carrier and the defence and the size of the openings available. The most important thing is to take this information on board before taking possession of the ball.”

2. GETTING INTO POSITION FOR BUMPING OFF A TACKLER

Good positioning and having a secure footing are crucial when it comes to bumping off an opposing player. There are some things you need to do to avoid getting injured and make sure you keep hold of the ball. 

“First of all, your hands, chest and feet need to be pointing in the direction of the ball. You then need to make a quarter turn before making contact with your opposite shoulder and freeing up the ball in the direction of play. Your feet, pelvis and back should be positioned in such a way that you can make contact safely and effectively.”

3. AFTER IMPACT

There is more to bumping off a tackler than just contact. The goal is to make as much ground as possible and to keep hold of the ball. 

“Following impact, it is important to keep working hard on your feet and to keep driving forward to get your team on the front foot.”

Now you've seen how to bump off a tackler effectively, it's your turn to go out and do it!