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The wrong way to coach kids? by David Clarke

I see this too often. Aggressive behaviour followed by calm justification.

You cannot be soft. But you can be fair.

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More great analysis of England v Australia by David Clarke

Our friends at Green and Gold Rugby do not hold back from making “jokes” at the expense of players and countries. BUT, their analysis is forthright and interesting. We can all learn from the way they pick out the strengths and weaknesses of players, so we can pass on these thoughts to our own.

I know this analysis is “after” the event for us, but it makes interesting viewing in light of the fact that England won the subsequent game 20-21. The GGR guys point out the contribution of Burgess at 9 in the first game where Australia won. Interestingly, Will Genia played in the second!

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Defence line speed drill – technical tips by David Clarke
June 21, 2010, 11:23 am
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Ian McGeechan’s Smarter Rugby series has got some simple drills. The key is the technical precision he is looking for.

Here is a common defence line speed drill, but look at the key points carefully so you can replicate them in your sessions.

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Australia v England analysis – outstanding MUST WATCH by David Clarke

Our friends from Green and Gold, the Australian rugby blog have put together this interesting analysis.

What do you think! It is very good because it looks at ruck defence in particular. The Aussies don’t commit against Fiji. Will this work against England?

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Turnover ball must be wiped out by David Clarke

Juan de Jongh dives in for a debut try for South Africa this weekend. It was a close game, with the Boks beating Wales 34-31.

Neither team were at full strength. And that is in physical terms as much as player availability.

The difference between the two teams was clear though: accuracy of execution. Despite some flashes of magic and never-say-die endeavour from Wales, they simply made more mistakes than their opponents.

South Africa won turnovers in the set piece and in the contact area. Gary Gold, writing in his blogs and on rugbyiq.com has made no secret of the deisre for turnover ball. Turnovers happen because the side in possession are inaccurate in the contact area or with their handling. South African Super 14 teams have forced turnover situations this season and are very adept at creating the opportunity to steal the ball.

Here are the key areas to work on to reduce turnover ball:
1. Stay on the feet in contact and keep going forward.
2. Fighting the last few inches to the ground to make sure the defence has less time to compete for the ball.
3. Isolation is the fault of the support players. Some might say that the ball carrier needs to go back to his support. Actually he needs to seek space, and if he has to take contact, then he fights until the support arrives. Support players must read one step ahead of the ball carrier and be there.

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Recovery is the coach’s most crucial role by David Clarke

Many domestic and national competitions came to an end in the last few weeks.

No side can say they were able to be field their best side every week, and it would interesting to know if any teams at the top level were able to field their strongest side on any occasion.

Coaches are now looking closely at how they can keep their players going for longer. Recovery is one place where there is an accelerated interest and concentration. Players will be coming off the field with bumps and strains. How quickly these can be turned around will be crucial to get players training and playing again.

What is your team’s recovery strategy post match?

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