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  • The Breakdown on defence

    How to defend on the breakdown:

    The Assist Tackle- Hit the opponent around the ball to stop the offload and control the contact.

    Attack the ball to turn over, to disrupt- Get in to where the tackle is made to give yourself a good opportunity to get the ball before the support comes.

    If you decide you are going to go for the ball you must be 100% committed to it. Get a wide base and make sure you are low, tight and strong to prepare for opponents and expect contact.

    To not commit- If there are support players, it is a waste of time to commit to the ball. You are more effective preparing for the next tackle.

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    Where next?

    Set piece running lines (Behind the gain line) How to build set pieces from behind the gain line.