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Thursday, September 24, 2009

How to beat a man 1-on-1 with Jeff Wilson

How to beat a man 1-on-1 with Jeff Wilson

Beating a player one-on-one is a skill that once mastered can go a long way towards making a player a far more dangerous prospect on attack. Jeff Wilson, himself a prolific try scorer for the All Blacks, was a master of the art.

Wilson, now assistant coach at North Harbour, was one of the most talented sportsman to ever come out of New Zealand. He was a dual international in both rugby and cricket, but it was with the odd shaped ball that he found most success.

A fullback and wing with immense speed and skill, Wilson scored 44 tries in 60 Test matches between 1993 and 2002. He was a lethal finisher who was part of a golden era in All Black rugby.

Another All Black great, flanker Josh Kronfeld, visited Wilson to get some tips on exactly how to beat a man when youre in space with just one defender in front of you.

Whether youre new to the game or have been playing for years, theres no doubt that theres very few more qualified to talk you through this than Jeff Wilson.

The video also includes a few classic tries he was involved in over the years.

Step, swerve, fend, chip, chase, score we hope you enjoy and find this helpful.

Time: 04:33

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:03 am | View Comments (20)

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Anonymous September 24, 2009 2:00 pm

^^^^i thought that moment wud have been sweeter than it actually was..oh well..legend of the game

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Anonymous September 24, 2009 2:11 pm

i haven't seen Jeff Wilson in years, what on earth happened to his scalp?

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ConnachtFan September 24, 2009 2:16 pm

Anon stop talking to yourself....

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ConnachtFan September 24, 2009 2:21 pm

These were some fantastic tips I especially appreciated the angles run without ball in hand...

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ConnachtFan September 24, 2009 2:22 pm

Actually come to think of it, didn't Jeff Wilson have hair?

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FrankyH September 24, 2009 2:31 pm

He used to, but it was always receding at a young age. Good to see he's avoided a comb-over now though.

Great vid. Wilson was pure class.. unfortunately.

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ConnachtFan September 24, 2009 2:35 pm

Anon...Imitation is the greatest form of flattery...

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ConnachtFan September 24, 2009 2:35 pm

What's wrong with comb-overs? I have one.

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FrankyH September 24, 2009 2:40 pm

lol. In a word - everything


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Scotsdale September 24, 2009 4:28 pm

Handy vid. The swerve without the ball is more about instinct I think.. but works well when you pull it off.

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Mangere September 24, 2009 6:46 pm

His nickname used to be goldy.... Guess what it is now.... ???

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Jon September 24, 2009 11:29 pm

The swerve without the ball isn't about instinct, that's kind of what he was saying.
It's something players have to learn, it's an aquired skill.
If you just rely on instinct you'll never pull it off.

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Anonymous September 25, 2009 2:43 am

some good tips from Wilson, yes he's lost hair but he's older now duh

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Scotsdale September 25, 2009 6:20 am

Yeah sure Jon, it can be learnt, but all I meant was that some guys will do it naturally first time/every time, which is the instinct part. Others might take a bit longer, but yeah, it can be taught.

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Jon September 25, 2009 8:12 am

Brendan Lennard is the king of all bald rugby players. He was bald before he hit 20. YUCK

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Anonymous September 25, 2009 8:35 am

why doesnt jeff wilson put a hat on?

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Millsy September 25, 2009 11:59 am

who gives a shit if he has no hair?!

he is a legend, a real classy player with pure speed.

he also clearly knows his stuff.

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DannyD September 25, 2009 12:32 pm

The soundtrack on that clip is immense!

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WelshOsprey September 25, 2009 1:06 pm

You cant teach stuff like that. Some players are born brilliant.

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