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Please can someone explain the benefits of a Drift?

Please can someone explain the benefits of a Drift defense and why or what situation you would use it.

Andy

The main advantage of drift defense is that by pushing attackers across the field you use the touchline as an extra defender. The key is to make sure the defenders run towards the inside shoulder of the attacking player a) to make sure they can't step back inside and b) to push them towards the player they are passing towards.

If all defenders communicate effectively and succeed in pushing the attackers across then the attackers run out of room and options. The attached practice shows this although the film is a little hard to see.

A lot of teams use this defense but revert to the safer man for man in their own 22.

I hope this has helped you.

Simon

Drift Defence

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Description:
  • 3 attacks - 2 defenders
  • Scrum half passes to first receiver of group of 3
  • 3 attack 2 passing ball down line

  • Coaching Points:
  • 2 defenders move forward fast (line speed)
  • Stay balanced
  • First defender pushes onto 2nd attacker when ball is passed
  • 2nd defender pushes (drifts) onto 3rd attacker when instructed by 1st defender.
  • Defender changes footwork to short steps as space is closed down.
  • Arms out making defenders big
  • Communication must be loud and decisive.
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