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Common errors in Sevens

The most frequent errors occurring in Sevens are:

  • Aligning with insufficient depth so players have to slow down and reach back to receive a pass.
  • Supporting across the field rather than providing linear support from directly behind the ball carrier.
  • Ill-discipline under pressure that results in the loss of a pattern in attack and defence.
  • Poor preparation so that there is not a pattern for the most frequent eventualities. These may be attacking or defensive.
  • Bunching on attack to assist the ball carrier only to concede the ball and be beaten on the flanks.
  • Going alone and becoming isolated.
  • Committing too many players to win ruck or maul ball. It is better to commit 1 or 2 players and if the ball is won there are numbers to attack and if not numbers to defend.
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