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When possession is regained then a counter attack policy is important. This part of the game creates instability for the attacking team as it is suddenly required to transition to defence. An initial strike from a turnover can catch the opposition off-guard.

The opportunity to counterattack occurs immediately after possession is regained through a recovered kicked ball; the attackers dropping the ball; the ball being turned over in contact; or a pass being intercepted.

The first response from turnover ball is to get the ball in to space and go forward as quickly as possible.

If there are no passing and running options available the ball-carrier can create space by seeking close quarter support and forming a ruck or maul from which play can develop. The important aspect is to keep the ball once it has been recovered.

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