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Defensive Structure Setup with Clark Laidlaw

Watch Clark from London Irish go through some defensive drills.

Part 1. 1 on 1 Defensive Tracking   3:41 Member content

Watch Clark run through some 1 on 1 defensive tracking drills. Enjoy!

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Part 2. Catch, Pass & Square Up 3:11 Member content

As an ex international back, Clark identifies the key elements – alignment speed and staying square. Enjoy!

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Duration 06:52
Topics Coaches Corner Defence
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Awesome, very basic and effective!


It’s good ! Good clear instructions,


MUY BUENO , simple y didáctico


Valuable drill for fundamental defense. Easy to set up and execute.


Very simple & effective drill…thanks


Basic skills that can be used across most age groups. Really helps to focus on hips facing forward to make a greater hit, easy to progress to more players just by widening the poles. Also, keeps defence on side!

Great Britain & Northern Ireland

Basic and effective, I like how confident it can make your defence when in a 1v1 situation


I like the defensive tackle drill , simple but effective. I also liked the idea of using the posts and forcing players to re-align in the catch pass drill . Again simple stuff but effective


good progressions/variations.create more pressure by decreasing space between posts and players.


Simple & effective drill


Excellent simple drill, I will use it. Carter.


good drill- simple & effective.


good drill and like the variations

New Zealand

Love it- simple & effective.


I notice the second defender was looking at the have back quite often until the ball was passed shouldn’t he be tracking attackers and let the 1st defender call the up when 1/2 back has passed ?

New Zealand

Brilliant. I’ll be putting this into action with my under 12’s this year. We did lots of work on tracking and defence last year to be the best defensive team in the comp for under 11’s. Got done in the semi’s. This might take us two games further. Thx so much


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