In a way, @Mr_Sunbury_1 you are correct, in that there haven’t been quite as many full-field match simulation training this pre-season as may have been in a few others. There could be a combination of reasons for this, but based on what I’ve observed, it seems that the focus pre-Christmas was to hard-wire certain drills and correct specific issues. There have been a number of unique and certainly different drills I’ve witnessed this pre-season to date - particularly involving Rutten.
Things like transitions out of defence, and using body weight/momentum in tackles. I believe there are a few aspects to our game we are trying to dial in before moving into the ‘complete picture’ of full match sims, which will certainly come. The stand-alone drills have certainly not been lacking in intensity.