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Six Nations 2020 pressure lessons: loose ball, contact and offloads

Some scores from the men’s Six Nations this weekend:

Ireland 17 Wales 22, Scotland 14 England 5

Ireland 6 Wales 13, Scotland 2 England 0

You guessed it. These are not the final scores, because both Ireland and England won. The first “other result” is defenders beaten, the second, successful offloads.

In fact, in both games, the losing side gained better results in a number of crucial tactical areas.

Yet, there’s never one such aspect which is the final difference, apart from the score line. The coaching lesson is that we can only work on the detail, help players put it into the context of the game and then, sit back and let them do their best.

“Only” and “context” means giving our players meaningful training activities and challenges. And based on last weekend, here are four.

Gather the loose ball | Tips and activity helps build an understanding of what to do and how, when the ball is on the ground in wet and windy weather.

VIDEO: Pressure offloads creates dynamic situations where the players pass the ball out of the tackle. A good one to run on a rainy evening as well.

Gather and go turns a loose ball into a positive. It’s a game, so once the ball is recovered, the players are looking to score.

Pressure contact emphasises that strong technique wins, and put this in lots of different scenarios in short space of time.

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