Positional Roles and Responsibilities
Key Areas: Keep moving, do your work early
Be where the ball is: Push and support around the ruck. Plug in defence where needed.
Kick diffusals: Catch the ball on the full, work with wingers in a pendulum format.
Commit to tackle
Dictate: Tell people, voice & point, tell the halves what you see. Control the defensive splits each side of the ruck.
Passing: Kick return link, dummy half skills, catch / pass skill.
Key Areas: Energy and effort
Carry: Strong yardage carries. Quality play the ball.
Transitions: Catch the ball on the full, work with your fullback in a pendulum format.
Early prep in defence: Lead line forward. Mirror your centre – work together in defence. Tackle your opposition winger.
Communicate: Instructional talk, connect with and trust your centre
Key Areas: Ability to beat your man 1 on 1.
Aware: Communicate and connect with the players beside you, organise edge.
Energy: Quality carries, quality play the ball.
Skill + evasion: Take opportunities in space. Aggressive fend. Good relationship with your halves to get the ball to you.
Win edge defence contests: Shutdown and force an error.
Halfback & Five-eighths
Key Areas: Look forward, play on the advantage line.
Communication: Be clear and calm in your communication
In the box: Play together + support, encourage to play on the short side.
Last plays: Set up on the 4th tackle, work together and control your 5th tackle options.
Lead the middle: Roll the ruck, set the line speed and control middle forwards.
Defence: Dual contact, lock and squeeze.
Passing: Tight spirals and smooth 6 o’clock service.
Change speed / be quick: Kick pressure, go get, support and ability to use deception around the ruck.
Check short sides: Count numbers.
Second Row (Edge Forward)
Key Areas: Target opposition half and ability to run good under’s lines.
Defence: Tackle with intent and win, keep your middles inside you.
Transition: Kick chase (recruit a middle to build a wall), work with your halves.
Fill the space: Hold the width as needed, learn how to use your 5 man in defence.
Middle Forward (Front Row and Lock)
Key Areas: Run hard, use your bumpers.
Defence: Dual contact, stop, lock and squeeze.
Dominant: Leg speed, late footwork and find your front.
Skilful: Combos with others, real lines for halves, Lock to be link between forwards and backs.
Hustle: Kick chase, go get and tie in.