As a ball carrier, it’s critical that you maintain possession through the tackle and breakdown situation. A 2nd fight on the ground is the best way to do this.
How do you eliminate a threat at the breakdown in rugby? Here are a series of clips demonstrating how to blow out a breakdown threat and secure the rugby ball in the process.
What should you do when you arrive at a breakdown in rugby? We explain breakdown decision-making and how to make the right choice for each breakdown situation.
How do you perfect your body height at the breakdown in rugby? This video explains the importance of breakdown height and how to get into the right body position to be effective at the breakdown.
What should you do as the second supporting player to the breakdown in rugby? This video breaks down the role of the 2nd supporting player.
How do you protect the rugby breakdown when you are out-numbered? We suggest you hold onto the ball carrier in order to buy time for more support to arrive.
Your supporting line should be as direct as possible so that you arrive quickly and in a good position. It’s much much easier to protect the ball if you are the first player to arrive than if you’re slow to the ball and need to move a defender.
To ruck or not to ruck? In rugby you’ll decide to commit (or not) to every breakdown on the field. Those decisions are critical. Here’s when you should decide NOT to commit to the breakdown.
How do halves (9 and 10) play alongside loose forwards (6,7 and 8) in rugby? We explain their relationship in this video about halves and loose forwards.
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