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Open field play

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  • Keep up with play
  • Protect the space for players to use
  • Keep a wide view of the field of play

Watch for:

  • Players who charge or obstruct opponents who are not near the ball (attackers and defenders)
  • Players who ‘clear out’ without legally joining the ruck/maul
  • Players who ‘tackle’ without attempting to use the arms

Check that:

  • Tackler contact remains below the shoulder level
  • Hand-offs are performed legally