In rugby we keep track of points scored in attack, but there is little reward for effective defence. Favourable scorelines and pats on the back might reflect it, but if a team really wants to step up its defence, it can adopt a points system for doing good work on defence. This is something that can be tracked within the team using video for the entire season and encourage everyone to go after things that will cause turnovers.


1 Point
· Tackle behind the gain line
· Forced kick away
· Forced bad pass

3 Points
· Forced knock-on
· Forced throw forward
· Forced into touch

5 Points
· Ball stripped
· Ball jackalled
· Ball intercepted
· Tackle into touch
· Choke tackle
· Counter ruck

10 Points
· Try scored while on defence (not caught by opposition)