That was where we got beaten up and brought into the Leicester way. It’s not as bad nowadays as it was. I wasn’t part of the first team when Johnson was around and you would hear stories about him knocking out Lewis Moody, but the week before the semi-final against Bath we had a scrap in training when it all kicked off.
We try to make training harder on a Tuesday than the match at the weekend, and we were practising mauls off line-outs, firsts against seconds, when it got a bit feisty. Louis Deacon ended it. He didn’t start it, but he ended it.
Train as we play. Rugby is a physical game. It is also a mentally physcial game. Players have to be able to get through awkward situations where they are wound up. How you deal with this can be crucial at the key moment in a game. Don’t let’s kid ourselves that the opposition will keep quiet and not do cheeky, naughty things to our team whilst the referee is not looking.
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Here are the New Zealand team binding up quickly. Notice how loose their binds are, but how comfortable they look once bound, plus how balanced.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Refereeing | Tags: Gary Gold, laws, lineout, mauls, Springbok
Here is a good review of the law interpretations at the lineout from Gary Gold, Springbok assistant coach.
See his website at www.rugbyiq.com.
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching, rugby defence | Tags: rucking, tackling, training aids
Could be useful!?