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Use the width of the field

Passing the ball through the hands and moving your players from one side of the field to another is a great way to disrupt your opponents defense and potential counter attacking moves. Try hitting his defense on one side of the field in one turn and then spread the ball wide and hit it on the other side. While he's busy reshuffling his defense to react to your attacks their is a good chance good gaps will appear.

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The Game Breakers!

Rugby teams need to disorganise defences before they can expect to use the game breakers to the best effect. This means probing defences with big runners, or stretching defences by playing the ball wide.

However, the best piece of advice is to keep your back-line players on their feet and more essentially the game breakers. Don't let them go into rucks and mauls or take up crash balls. Let players work off them until the chances appear.

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The 'Up and Under' kick

This is a great move to keep your opponent under pressure and forcing him on to the back foot! It involves placing a strategic kick in behind his defense and charging after it with some fast paced players! This tactic works best when the opposition has been softened up with a few good rucks and his defense is stretched! Check out the example below...

The Aussies suck in the Boks with a good ruck and position some speed on the wing. In this example they pick out the winger for the up & under as his Ball Skills will make it very difficult to get hold of the ball. The Aussie No.10 Kicks the ball in behind the winger.

The speedsters set off after the ball and position them selves so as to block the boks No.4 & No.13 from getting to it! This leaves the job of Gathering up to the winger - and we all know how good he is under pressure!!! If the winger gathers from any of the spaces marked with a X, then he is going to get tackled which leaves him with the 2 spaces against the touch line. This effectively pushes him wide and leaves a nice hole in the defence that the opposition will need to plug. If he fails that pick up you've got tons of room to move!!! And if by some chance he does gather, his team mates would have been stretched to fill the defensive gap that a counter is out of the question!

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Pressure from the kick-off

In the game of rugby the Kick Off and restart are the best times to put your opponent under huge pressure, with his men spread to receive the ball you have the opportunity to postition the ball in areas where he is weakest.

One tactic is to drop the ball just over the 10m line and postion 3 forwards in a triangular formation around the ball. Select the front most player to tackle. By doing this you force the opposition to make 2 gather rolls before he even gets going!

If you are using the additional Cover Defense rules, then this tactic is even more effective as the Cover defense rules will really allow you to swamp him!

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