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Passing

  • Able to execute a range of quick and accurate passes over a range of lengths, in both directions

Kicking

  • Able to execute a range of different kicks of either foot under pressure to gain territory or as part of a kick-chase strategy aiming to regain possession

Open play

  • Able to link effectively with midfield and back three to maintain continuity of play
  • Able to adopt starting position quickly in attacking line (width and depth)
  • Able to select, implement and communicate correct decisions during attack – run/dummy run/pass/kick – according to game plan and amend if necessary
  • Able to offer many attacking options in attack by looking for involvement, entering the backline with pace and movement
  • Able to select, implement and communicate correct decisions during defence – alignment and strategy – according to game plan and amend if necessary
  • Able to create, identify, communicate, manipulate and exploit space in attack
  • Able to recognise, communicate and fill space in defence
  • Able to support team members in attack and defence
  • Able to make effective side-on, front-on, rear tackles
  • Able to adopt correct position to cover the back field, considering weather/field conditions and opposition strengths
  • Able to cover the back field as a team of three if the wingers are involved in play – e.g. if a winger has moved forward to make a tackle
  • Able to work as a team of three with the two wingers during counter attack
  • Able to provide support around the contact area
  • Able to catch effectively in the air
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