Tricks and Tips[/b] Twirling: Rating: 6 Throw a dummy pass. Then move the control stick in that direction of the dummy. Then put the control stick in the direction completely opposite to that dummy. Then put the control stick a little bit forward. All of this is done very fast and in order. Good luck. Takes a bit of practice to finally get itâ€¦.then like golf it takes more practice to get it consistentlyâ€¦.then when you practice like Tiger Wood you may get it 99% of the time. Don't worry if you don't get it as a dummy will be thrown so you won't look like an ass. Also when you fail to do it the dummy and the change of angle back inside is very sharp so it almost looks like a Christian Cullen running step rather than a swerve. Against the computer AI it works well for two reasons. First the twirl has a dummy in it so a computer often goes the wrong way and many times a human will do the same thing because visually they get confused by what they see. Second there are no brakes put on as this sharp a change in angle would normally result in braking animationâ€¦so it is quicker because you don't lose momentum. Sharp 20 degree step Rating: 8 Basically this is similar to the "twirl" move and you will probably master it when you are attempting to twirl but not quite pulling it off. You simply throw a dummy and change direction whilst the dummy animation is about to activate. This will give you a sharper change of angle than simply changing direction if you try and work really sharp angles. Often because you activated the "dummy" animation it will make a non human controlled player on the field go the wrong way. A lot of times when we want to do a turn that is 45 degrees or less the "braking" animation will activate and we lose speed, however this method can create that sharper direction change without the "braking" animation kicking in. Very effective this move against someone who does not want to commit to the tackle when you are 2 on 1 with their fullback as you can slide across field and then cut in sharper as they drift trying to cover you and your outside support. Used a lot with the first five when someone is rushing him and also thinking about covering the second five.â€¦he does this step and cuts in at speed as the dummy animation is also a takeoff animation (explained elsewhere) Irresistible: Rating: 5 A small glitch in the game that the programmers put in regarding some star players. You can have tackles that slide off certain players where there is no tackle animation. They are normally star players such as Williams, O Driscoll, and Habana. The irresistible normally happens when they are about to receive a pass and someone goes in for a flying tackle. Sometimes it happens when the computer is on the spot to crunch these guys but it does not register. A good example of an irresistible on any player is when you do a quick lineout and the player opposite will not commit to animation to tackleâ€¦..they will simply rub shoulders while you run past. The best person to use for the irresistible is Williams from the blindside of a maul or scrum. From a standing start have Williams do a side step as your opponent rushes up to tackle. A lot of times the dive tackle though on target to tackle will not commit but will in fact slide off. This even happens if they try and do a smother tackle. Body of Iron: Rating: 6 Players with a "Tackle Break" tick will often in the second half with 20 minutes to go start breaking tackles. Especially if you sub them on at this point. Nonu is a good example of a tackle breaker sub. Lewsey and Cohen are others that exploit bad tacklers in the second half. When all the variables are aligned you can run these players at a guy and pretty much guarantee that they will tackle break right there. Red Arrow kicks: Rating: 8 A more effective way of kicking for your players to run onto in open play as these kicks do not bounce furiously into touch but tend to hold up. They also have an angle that is acute compared to blue kicks. Sometimes you can go backwards and have your opponents whole team chase you into a corner only to red kick it to the other side. The ref is not as strict if your payers are offside with red kicks as they are with blue so convert to the nearest and chase! When on atack with you backline it is good doing a red arrow chip kick (just barely tap and aim) with the centre aiming for the wing to run on to near the corner. The best way to do this is to pass to the first five and the first five does the hot potato missout to the centre (this technique has already been explained) who in turn should do the red kick straight away for the wing. Because the ball has shifted so quickly out for the winer to run on to your opponent most times would be too dazed to convert to his winger to cover it until it is too late. Works differently each time to set defences so it is best to gage what set defence the opposition is doing first. Offload - Hot Potato: Rating: 9 Whenever an offload happens you can still control the direction of where you want the ball to go by immediately doing a hot potato pass before the guy receiving the offload catches it into the direction of your choice. Very effective move against people who think the ball will die with the first receiver from an offload, only to see you have hot potato passed it to an unmarked guy and are running up feild. Twinkle toes: Rating: 7 Before any player receives the ball who is STANDING STILLâ€¦â€¦.start rotating the stick round and round in circles quickly. When the player standing receives the ball they will start to twinkle toes all over the place. You can control the direction of where you are twinkling by putting more emphasis on the way you want to go when you are rotating. Once you stop rotating and choose which direction you want to go in you will be heading in that direction at full pace. Twinkling also for some reason confuses the defence line and sometimes gaps are more prominent. Even a small twinkle cancels out the walking animation and has you running fast quickly. You can do tiny twinkles everytime with your first five before taking off and your opponent will think your first five is Carlos Spencer. Other times you can twinkle toe back 20 metres before running forward into big gaps. Some worn out control pads will not let this happen. Invisible kick: Rating: 6 From a ruck push the box kick and then as quick as you can push the left trigger. The left trigger button will cancel the blue kick meter and if you do it fast enough you won't even see it. Make sure all your forwards are in the ruck so that when you convert for someone to chase it will be the faster first five running at pace. Best done when the fullback has made the tackle and is lying at the bottom of the ruck (therefore no fullback) Scrum half grubber Rating: 7 Simply pick up from the ruck and take a step back before grubbering. If you don't get tackled picking up from the ruck and are able to take the step back then push the grubber kick and you will be catapulted foward even through the ruck! Winger delay pass: Rating: 6 If you are getting marked closely and you finally pass to your winger and he just gets hospitalizedâ€¦do this pass by holding the button (missout pass) before passing. A loopy pass animation will take place (miss out pass) but since there is no body to miss out it will just be a loop pass to your winger. If the opponent is going for the kill they will run or dive right past as your winger is still waiting to catch the ball. Punters: Rating: 10 Wilkinson, Carter, Henson, and Montgomery are the biggest kickers in the game so if you are playing for keeps only use teams where they are in. Put Montgomery and Henson in at First Five. These guys punts are big enough to beat a kick defence. You can defeat the kick defense with lesser kickers by running around a bit before kicking to fool the wingers into coming up. You can also give yourself room to kick by running backwards and kicking while you have your back turned. It will still be the same distance. Conversion Tackle: Rating: 7 If you are constantly having your fullback getting stepped by someone breaking your line, convert to your fullback and pullback as going backward people cannot get drawn into a sidestep animation. As you probably know this creates another problem as HOW you should turn around and make the tackle due to the fact that when you do turn around you will be "braking" and may get left in the dust once you take off again. Waiting for the player with the ball to run alongside you can be done but there are problems slowing down to allow them to catch up and then trying to catch up to them but being left behind. The "Conversion" tackle is another option as you can "switch away" from your fullback once they have turned around and let the fullback "AI controlled" make the tackle. Be careful to quickly switch back if you think the AI turned around and is doing nothing. You can switch away just for a moment to get the AI to do the turn around (sometimes a spin turn around) and then switch back quickly to manually do the tackle yourself. Tricks in the works under experimentation. Halfback reverse pass to forward: Halfback moves to pass the ball to a forward on one side of the ruckâ€¦.only to backpass it to the other side. Tackle sliding May be able to exploit a glitch in animations where you can not get tackled. If I find the secret to this then it might be bannedâ€¦.or saved for desperately close games where I am behind and need a miracle lol! Multiple Lineout Jumpers Sure we have all done this at one time or another. Trying to find out how it happens exactly. Mauls in open play It happens on rare occasion....we just have to discover the variables to when it happens.