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What is the best way to coach a blitz defence from?

What is the best way to coach a blitz defence from scratch?

The best and easiest way to coach a blitz or rush defence is to use your inside center as your rushing player with outside center and wing following in a steady line a metre or two behind. The reason for using your inside center as the rush is to create doubt in the opposition flyhalf's mind. The flyhalf must now decide whether to turn inside to the forwards, throw a risky skip pass to the second center or play the inside center who will receive man and ball at the same time. By having inside center rushing you are disrupting a set move, putting the flyhalf under pressure and creating the risk factor for the opposition.

The secret to this being effective, is a 12 who is strong defensively. I like to bring my 13 and 10 up in a line with 12 and have the openside wing hold back a couple of metres and really try to put pressure on the attacking backline and use the loosies as a second wave of defence a metre or two behind the frontline.

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