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Plays heads up in defence | Activities, games and scenarios

One of the key principles of defence is to stay connected. That means working as a team to close down the options. So, no matter what defensive system you run, the defenders should be aware of their team mates.

In the activity, VIDEO: Funnel defence for line speed, the defenders are rewarded if they use good speed to close down the attackers. As you can see in the video, they don’t always succeed! I found this a particularly good activity to help younger players begin to understand they could be winners in defence.

Inside out is a full practice plan which focuses on players defending from the ruck and, as above, closing down the options. This is really effective to build a defensive system from better self-awareness.

Use the Ruck defence reload scenario to develop roles around the side of the ruck. This simple game-like activity can become very competitive.

Finally, randomise the way the defence starts, so they have to really think about their team mates position. In Cone collectors: Heads up attack and defence, the challenge is on both the attack and the defence to be effective.

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