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FEATURE – Andy Farrell’s three top tips for a grassroots defence

29 April 2014

  • Farrell delivers the tips for improving your defence at Manor Park RFC
  • Defence master class from England Backs Coach to follow

In a preview of an upcoming grassroots defence master class, Andy Farrell delivers his three top tips to “get the ball back quickly” and stop conceding tries at any level of rugby.

The England Backs Coach was at Nuneaton club Manor Park RFC after they were selected from more than 600 entries in a #winFaz competition on the @EnglandRugby Twitter feed.

Tip one: get enough width in the defensive line

“You need to make sure you have enough width in the defensive line so you can get up nice and square. The minute that there is not enough width the opposition see the space on the outside and they try to go to that.”

Tip two: go up square

“You need to make sure you go up nice and square. If you go up square you can defend both ways, but if you go up drifting to one side then you can only defend one way because on your inside shoulder you tend to be tackling with your arm and not your body or your shoulders. So if you are square you can defend to the left or the right.

Tip three: hit through the attacker on contact

“The aim should be to get a close as you possibly can and make the target a yard past the attacker. If they dominate that last yard, they’re in control, but if you dominate through the attacker, you’re in control. Aim through the attacker, don’t just tickle him. Aim through him and make sure he knows you are there.”