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Defence Principles

Date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

EffortThe key to any good defence first and fore mostly is the effort you put into it. Effort to get up off the ground as soon as possible, effort to cover open space, effort to read the game and react by moving into a potentially debilitating position for the oppositions attack. A good attacking side will always try to ask questions, and the best way to counter such attack is by covering all the angles.OrganizationEvery team needs a system, a way in which a team decides to line up or get into position. Most defensive patterns have set movements from set piece for each position, but ruck time every player must be able to fulfill the role which is demanded of them at that specific moment. Pillar, post, 3 is a common setup, with pillar and post not shifting to cover from one side of the ruck to the next. The general rule of thumb is that the heavier you are, the closer to the ruck you try and line up. This is all dependent on how fast/slow the ruck is.AttitudeA team can have the best system, the strongest and fittest players, but if their attitude towards tackling is not good, they will struggle as individuals and as a team to make hits, constantly and effectively. Confidence in tackling gives a player a massive advantage above the next next, but brewing this confidence only comes with player commitment, coupled with good technique and a never say die - "you aint getting an inch from me" attitude.TechniqueTechnique is vital when it comes to tackling. Approaching the attacker, you need to be stalking your prey, predicting his every move, approach at the right angle and from the correct side. A strong grapple strangling the legs is key to a successful tackle. Chasing ones feet when you get close to move with a players sidestep, eyes on the hips, arms out and ready, and a low, powerful bottom up entry will result in a clean, fast and effective tackle. 

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by Dr. Radut.