Our game is played in two halves of around 20 minutes and if we have about a dozen players in the team, each player would have possession for less than 60 seconds. But we all know that possession is not shared equally amongst a team and some players have possession more than others! Therefore players need to clearly understand that our game is played mostly with the ball in one of your team mate’s hands. Approximately 95 percent of the time in any one game you don’t have the ball. What you do with this time has a direct relationship to your influence on the team’s success, perhaps more so than when you actually have the ball.

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This week, we take a step back to basics, and review the essential components  of 'driving' play. This is often one of the first things people pick up when starting to play the game, however sometimes  players and teams need to be reminded of some of the key points of driving play. Whilst your team may not score simply through driving upfield, it often provides the momentum from which line attack moves can be executed. Often teams which may not understand  driving, go wide too early- trying to outflank a defence, however this can often lead to a team leaving the ball carrier isolated and a failure to 'go forward'.

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