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men to men defence drill

i want the key ponts of men to men drill


Here are some key points of man to man defensive structure.

  • Communication is crucial, make sure your team are constantly telling each other who they are marking. It is also the full-backs job to tell his team where the gaps are in the defence are and what opposition players are not being marked. It is important to know and use each other's names so it doesn't get confusing.
  • You should match the opposition in terms of size and speed. This means forwards should work in closer to the ruck to defend their forwards and backs should work away from the rucks to defend the opposition backs.

If the opposition has an overlap it will not be possible to man mark, in this situation you should not rush up at the attack but direct the to the touch line. It is okay to give up territory in order to drift to cover the attack. 

Also, around the break down it shouldn't be about man marking but marking the space/channel. At each ruck, one defending player should nominate himself as the 'guard'. And it is his job to ensure the opposition 9 or a forward pick and go doesn't get through.

I hope this helps! 

Here is an Introduction To Defensive Systems


Introduction to defensive systems

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  • Groups of 10+ 
  • 3 Bags 
  • balls 
  • Cones


1. With bags 

3 Attckers with bags are given a number, 5 defenders line up opposite within the grid. 

When coach says so he shouts a number (this is the attacker that the defenders will tackle and adjust too) 

when the number is shouted both attackers and defenders shoot off the line to meet in the middle (green cones) 

Here a tackle is performed on the given number and players will adjuest and stay connected accrodingly. 

2. With a ball not bags. 

This progression makes it more realistic, and means the 5 defenders have to adjust to the differnt moves the attackers throw at them. 

Coaching Points:
  • Line speed. 
  • Scanning the attacking line.
  • Staying connected - 2m apart each defender, no dog legs. 
  • After tackle is complete - Adjusting (think the defensive line are on a piece of string, defenders must come in) 
  • Lots of noise - communciation and intimidation. 
  • Aim to give the attackers no time on the ball as possible.

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