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Passing out of the tackle

The ball carrier should:
  • have a positive mindset to move the ball out of the tackle
  • hold the ball firmly in two hands to withstand the impact of the tackle
  • use evasive footwork to avoid taking a front on tackle and force a side on tackle
  • once tackled, drive their legs to maintain forward movement
  • keep their arms free above the level of the tackle and maintain a strong two handed grip on ball
  • identify support players and pass before falling to ground
  • if unable to pass before falling to ground, keep their elbows tucked into their body as they fall and pass to support
  • if no support available, then present the ball on landing
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