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Published on Sep 24, 2012
Humboldt State University Women's Rugby annual Green-Gold Scrimmage (9/22/12). This is the first exposure to a full-speed, full-contact rugby match for those players who are new each Fall. For players, the two primary things to pay attention to: 1) Take care of the ball in the contact situation (tackle). Do not lose the ball when tackled, either by dropping it or to a "poacher" (defender who steals ball from tackled player). 2) Alignment: - Defensively you should either be IN the tackle/ruck/maul or spread FLAT (except wings/fullback). - Offensively you should either be IN the tackle/ruck/maul or in offensive alignment (backs) or in a group at the fly-half's hip (forwards).
Other things to keep your eye on: 1) "If in doubt, run forward" -- Don't pick up the ball unless you have a plan for it. Especially, don't pick up the ball then stand still. 2) Take the ball at pace. Do not call for the ball standing still and do not pass the ball to someone standing still. 3) Get ball to open space fast. The ball travels faster when passed, so do not carry the ball to your support, pass it in order to get the ball to space before defence can adjust. 4) Draw the defender, then pass once they are committed. Don't draw the defender then try to run through the defender if you have support.