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Tackle Micro skills - HS and A with Dave Ellis

Dave Ellis returns with a new series on developing the micro skills of tackling in a safe effective manner through a sequence of skill progressions.

Part 1. Low impact Tackle - Micro skills   5:38 Free video

Its all about the learning not about the impact.

Build the intensity and layer the learning.

Dave Ellis returns for one last session before he heads to the USA.

In this series Dave looks into the micro skills of Tackling through a sequence of skill progressions.


Part 2. Focus on the target 4:22 Member content

Small steps to stay in the tackle zone – with straight arms to hit the belly button target.

Ellis Rugby’s Dave Ellis’ adds another layer to his Tackle Micro skills series with his Manawatu Academy players.

Concentrating the players focus on the belly button/ closest hip target.

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Part 3. Upping the Intensity 7:44 Member content

It’s a Jab not a Hook with your hands and focused on the belly button tackle zone.

As Ellis Rugby’s Dave Ellis completes his Tackle Micro skills series with his Manawatu Academy players.

Dave progresses into a moving tackle situation putting the recent learnings to the test.

Tight feet, straight back, and bent knees into the tackle.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Duration 05:35
Topics Tackling Leadership & Management Sevens
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Youths, ands, highs, and schools   Sevens  
Languages English

Click on CC button at top left of video for other translation options.

Course reviews

Dave you’re a good teacher. Simple and clear solutions to problems.


very simple drill but the build up with all the details is so important to get you’re players the confidance in this important part of the game. also staying low and safe. Great!


Love thjis as an initial tackle session, especially with the controlled contact. Great Job Dave!


Great drill simple for our U10 to understand

New Zealand

Simple, claro y con indicaciones cortas. Muchas gracias!




Brilliant Dave how you identified each unit of the tackle and merged them into a fluid movement


Excellent simple detail!


Me parece muy bueno todo muy practico para aplicar.consideren el español.


Loved it thanks Dave


Version ? hope you are well mate

New Zealand

Loved this will be using it this morning with my U16’s


I like the simplicity of the progression, another excellent tool for the coaching tool box


Micro skills, wise concept! Especially useful for kids. Would you pls consider adding subtitles (CC). Sometimes it’s difficult to understand all the expressions. In English will be ok, and in Spanish, superb.


Very good and detail mate 👍🏽 Micro skills to execute the skill.

Thanks Dave


Really good, back to basics drills


Coaching U13s and younger the tackle is fraught with a lack of confidence. The “Pre Tackle” skill development is really important. Dave brings another aspect of pre tackle skills to the coaches skill set armoury. I will use these at my next coaching session.


Great micro skills video and progression. Thanks!!!!


Great session. I love to use this detail particularly with girls ( who are a lot smarter than boys). Have a look at a session I did in the Hague with their Women’s team. Micro skills give players confidence to hit safely. Often too much hitting shields and not enough technique.


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