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Running in attack - recognising and attacking space

Players should:
  • observe the defence in front of them and move into a position to make and attack space considering depth and width of attack
  • identify how the defence is set up:
  • where there are gaps and potential mismatches, e.g. a centre versus a prop
  • defensive players’ body position and formation – are they squared up to the attack and ready to move forward in defence or are they misaligned and still concentrating on the contact area?
  • is there space behind the defensive line to attack with kick through or over?
  • keep eyes on opposition to react to defensive changes
  • communicate defensive set up and gaps/mismatches to team mates
  • attack space quickly and confidently with support to get over the gain line
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