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Breakdown Fundamentals - HS and A with George Smith

In this series, George takes us through what is required to win the breakdown from both sides of the ball. One of the best ever at the breakdown to play the game shows us how to best prepare to win the breakdown.

Part 1. George Smith - Promo   0:30 Free video

Watch this promo as George takes the players through some defensive breakdown drills. Enjoy!


Part 2. Breakdown Mindset 6:23 Free video

Queensland Reds and ex Wallaby great George Smith, gives the St Laurence’s School, in Brisbane, insight on the defensive breakdown mindset.

One of the best breakdown exponents in the game, George explains the key points to winning a defensive breakdown.

Decide your role early

Communicate your decision whether its a jackal, clean out, counter ruck, or reload

Repeat effort is key – maintain the effort at every breakdown. Enjoy!

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Part 3. Attacking the breakdown - reaction jackal drill 3:30 Free video

Previously, Queensland Reds and ex Wallaby great George Smith, explained to the St Laurence’s School players, key points to winning a defensive breakdown.

This week, George is on the opposite side of the ball and looking at how best to STOP the Jackal at the Breakdown.

One of the best Jackals ever to play the game, George gets down into the breakdown and explains how stop his fellow Jackals.

It is a contest about:

speed into position less steps to get across the ball

height – Whoever wins the height battle wins the ‘steal’

arms underneath the shoulders – above gets a yellow or red – enjoy!

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Part 4. King of the Jackal - 1 v 1, hesitate - you lose 4:45 Free video

In this video, George puts both sides of the breakdown together to find the King of the Jackal. Enjoy!

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Course Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Duration 15:08
Topics Player Programme Youth Coaching Position specific Coaches Corner
Applicable to Coaches   Players   Others   Supporters and fans  
Languages English

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Course reviews

Muy bueno…..


Awesome video

New Zealand

Really good, often players oblivious as to the positioning of the presentation, determines the role of a defender.


excellent well executed video. cheers

New Zealand

Great video and explanation of how to jackal and win opponents ball


muy bueno !


Original. The first of his kind. Made jackaling the modus operandi of modern 7’s.


One of the greatest flankers providing insight around the small details that can give players the edge at the breakdown


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