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- Get the tackler going in one direction (run at an angle)
- Then change direction at the last minute
- Keep you arms free to make the offload
- Get the drop right: nice & upright, by holding ball in two hands and crouching slightly to hold onto the ball as long as possible
- Stand at 45 degree angle to your target as you kick
- Follow through the kick towards the target, taking a few steps, to maximise power
- Head up, arms up
- Shoulder then arms
- Cheek to cheek
- Land on top
- Up and at ’em now!
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Know the rules: What are the rules if you go to ground and it’s not a tackle?
- You can get straight to your feet and play the ball
Know the rules: What are the rules if you make a tackle?
- The tackler must release the tackled player immediately
- The tackled player must release the ball immediately
- Then the tackler can get to their feet and play the ball or roll away
- Didn’t go to ground when you were making as tackle? Release the tackled player then get the ball!
Know the rules: What can the tackled player do?
- Pass off the ground
- Hand off the ball
- Roll the ball back
- Place the ball back
- Release the ball, get up, pick up the ball and run!
Know the rules: What can players arriving at the breakdown do?
- Stay on your feet (don’t go down on hands and knees)
- Come in through ‘the gate’
- Clear out the opposition, ‘planes taking off’, not ‘planes landing’
Know the rules: How does a ruck work?
- Ball is on the ground + Two or more players contesting for it = Ruck
- Once the ruck is formed, you can’t touch the ball with your hands
- Once ruck is formed, other players joining must bind to their team mates
- Don’t tackle the half back until the ball is clear of the ruck
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Know the rules: How does a maul work?
- Ball carrier tackled but does not go to ground + Ball carrier’s team mates bind to the ball carrier = Maul
- When joining the maul, come in through the gate and bind
- Don’t try to collapse the maul