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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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New maul law interpretations at the lineout by David Clarke
May 12, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Here is a good review of the law interpretations at the lineout from Gary Gold, Springbok assistant coach.

See his website at www.rugbyiq.com.

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Motivational video by David Clarke

Gary Gold, the Springboks and Sharks assistant coach, has always been great at posting superb rugby resources. Here is another. Not sure if we could do this speech each week though!

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Gary Gold analyses Heinrich Brüssow by David Clarke

Here is an excellent analysis of the way that South African flanker Heinrich Brussow wins the tackle area, often making the other side concede penalties. Gary Gold, the South African assistant coach gives us his expert view.

We featured Gary in two issues of the International Rugby Technical Journal.

It comes from a clip from the RugbyIQ.com, which has some great resources and some of the best video training clips on the web at the moment.

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New warm up drill video by David Clarke

Rugby IQ has some great videos for rugby training. Here is a really good one on agility and support play.

There have been devised by the guys at Rugby IQ who include the Springbok assistant coach Gary Gold. He writes in this month’s International Rugby Technical Journal.

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How to lose a game of rugby by David Clarke

By rights, the South African second string team should have beaten the Leicester second string team.

We can argue about the exact mix in each side, but neither team was the strongest available. So one might expect the international team to prevail. Yet as any international coach knows, a game where the international team plays a club side is fraught with danger. You are expected to win and anything other than a demolition of the other team is seen as a failure.

On the other hand, having spent a good deal of time talking to Gary Gold, the Springbok assistant coach, in recent weeks, you are also very wary of the fickle nature of the game.

Gary, who coached at London Irish in the early 2000s, is a realist. He will have known that the Leicester players will have sniffed an upset. Interestingly the game was won and lost up front, where big hearts can sometimes overcome big muscles.

I suspect that the South African coaching group tried their level best to convince their team that the Tigers would do what tigers do best when their backs are against the wall, come out all tooth and claw. It would have been different on the High Veld, but in front of the home supporters, the Leicester team were too determined.

An upset, yes. A complete surprise, no. Munster nearly beat the All Blacks last year and I watched the Osprey second string beat the Aussie a few years ago too.

What Gary would say is that coaching is as much about man management as it is about coaching the technical aspects of the game. Read more in the latest International Rugby Technical Journal, out today.

So you can lose the game because your mindset is not right. And the most frustrating thing is that the players are not always convinced of the magnitude of the task in front them!