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Nine key tactics for the NRL Nines

SOME KEY TACTICS LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED AT THIS WEEKEND'S INAUGURAL NRL AUCKLAND NINES

Chip and chase

Sadly the chip and chase has gone out of vogue in today's highly structured, possession dominated game but it could be a game-breaker this weekend
Nine key tactics for the NRL Nines
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SOME KEY TACTICS LIKELY TO BE EMPLOYED AT THIS WEEKEND'S INAUGURAL NRL AUCKLAND NINES

Chip and chase

Sadly the chip and chase has gone out of vogue in today's highly structured, possession dominated game but it could be a game-breaker this weekend.

Dummyhalf running

Thankfully the glut of dummyhalf running that plagued the game a few years ago has died away but it is set to be a crucial tactic at the Nines against constantly backpedalling defences.

The inside ball

A stock play in rugby union's Sevens, the inside ball can be used to great effect against tiring or lazy defences, especially close to the line.

Short kickoffs

Back-to-back points will be crucial at Eden Park and with the scoring team re-starting play look for kickers to grubber the ball along the ground or kick it short and high in aiming for the regather.

Five-point tries

With a bonus point awarded for tries scored under the posts, teams will try desperately to score them in attack and prevent them in defence. Five-point tries are sure to determine the winner in more than a few games.

The offload

Forwards will be given far greater latitude to display their skills and risk big plays in the Nines and the results could be Harlem Globetrotter-esque with secondphase play set to be game-defining.

The hit-up

Virtually redundant in the old Sevens format, sides are likely to employ hitups as a key means of gaining ground early in their set much like 13-a-side. But in rugby league turned on its head, in Nines it could be used to give the outside backs a breather.

The cross-field kick

Can still be used to breakdown defences in the conventional form of the game, should be even more effective in Nines.

The mousetrap

A fan favourite, this dummyhalf piece of trickery could be especially effective on the opposition's goal line, especially in creating a five-point try.




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