What you can learn from... Rugby League

New Zealand international Robbie Paul explains how not to get barged off the ball on a football pitch

Hold off the opponent

“You’ll have seen players fending off opponents with their hands, but the power in your arms actually comes from your legs driving from the ground. The foot doing most work is the one closest to the opponent – the stronger this foot is rooted, the harder you are to unbalance.”

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Take short steps

“When preparing for impact from another player, take shorter steps so your centre of gravity remains directly beneath you. Quicker, more explosive steps also allow you to keep your energy charging forward and make you harder to stop. Maradona had that – quick steps, low centre of gravity.”

Lower your body position

“If you’re sprinting, you’ll often keep your body straight. But if you’re running with a ball and wary of being tackled, you need to be in a crouched position. Now you’re braced for tackles from the side or behind, but with either leg ready to explode off, which can help you swerve.”

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