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Tips on breaking through a defence line?

Hi my name is Mac and i am a 8 man and i struggle to push through a defensive line when i have the ball due to how my coaches make us practice so i wanted to know tips on how to push/break through a defensive line when i have the ball.

Hi Mac,

Firstly, get used to working in pods (groups of 3 or 4) ideally to create a diversion which will create space and a gap for you to break the line. Working in pods will also get teammates to offer support when you have the ball so that if you don't break the line, you have support to contest for the ball.

At breakdown, look for fast balls off the number 9 - work round the corner and cut back into the line. Ideally you want to be making contact with third outside defender of the breakdown (aka first defender). 

When taking the ball from the pass, have your outside foot forward to spring off and push through the line. 

Going into contact, fend with the ball and sink your body low when going into contact (attack outside shoulder of the defender and fingertips to break through).

I hope this helps!

 

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