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Defence Analysis - HS and A with Brendon Ratcliffe

Brendon presents a series on how to successfully analyse match analytics and he focuses on team defence. From understanding what is required of the defence to review the match execution and onto fixing the issues on the training pitch ready for the next match.

Part 1. Match Analytics - Promo   0:34 Free video

In this promo video we hear from Brendon as he analyses team defence. Enjoy!


Part 2. Understanding what is Required 9:49 Free video

You can’t fix what you don’t know. Before fixing a problem it is important that the players understand what is required of the skill.
Brendon spends time with the players before the match video review ensuring they understand what is expected and why of their defence system and how to successfully execute.

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Part 3. Defence Video Review 18:29 Member content

In this video review, Brendon identifies the postives and works on these for the HVHS players during their performance. Enjoy!

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Part 4. Defensive Work Ons after the Video Review 10:03 Member content

In this video, Brendon outlines how important, and influential your voice is in defence. Enjoy!

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Part 5. Test the Defence in motion 4:55 Member content

Rugby Site Founder and Napier Boys High School’s DOR Brendon Ratcliffe builds on last week’s defence alignment with the Hutt Valley High School (HVHS).
This week, Brendon puts the defence system in motion and tests it under more game like situations.
Get urgent, Set early and Bring the Wall of Noise.

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
Duration 43:50
Topics Defence Youth Coaching
Applicable to Coaches   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Really good insite to what happens with youth rugby. Emphasis on what is effective communication. Definitely will take to our sessions as we have a quiet team.


Translate to Spanish, please…


great principles !


Excellent. This Information has helped me to improve my mind set around certain Defense fundamentals and how I can apply these to our team trainings and real game intensity. Thanks

New Zealand

Lots of info. Thanks to the coach, players and camera guy. I would have liked to see the next game and the adjustment the boys made.


Hi Brendon. I thought this was excellent thanks and specially for young developing teams/players who are struggling with D. Very simple and very clear and not too much for them to take in and understand at a younger youth level. Thanks.


Cant under estimate Comunication , line speed and line integrity

South Africa

great insight – really helpful.


Really helpful and astute.


I really enjoyed how he broke the concepts into very easy pieces. It was a great video.


Great whiteboard session Ratz.


Excellent fundamentals of Defence presentation

New Zealand

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