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To engage opposition. To retain possession. To set an effective target for supporting players.


  1. Look to penetrate either side of opposition first.
  2. Focus on contact area.
  3. Chin off chest; eyes open.
  4. Low body position.
  5. Ball in two hands, away from contact.
  6. Small steps on approach to impact.
  7. Body before ball.
  8. Use power step to meet impact and continue forward movement.
  9. Contact side-on with hard parts.
  10. Strong leg drive forward before going to ground.
  11. Immediately place ball to side of body towards your support and release.
  12. Body at right angles to touchline.


  1. Ball-carrier leading with ball.
  2. Body position too high – easily turned toward opposition.
  3. Going to ground too early.
  4. Poor presentation of ball to support.
  5. Playing ball or interfering with play while still on ground.

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