defending team

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Noun1.defending team - (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoringdefending team - (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
athletics, sport - an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition
team, squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
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The rule pertaining to driving lines-out and rolling mauls is hardly conducive to entertaining rugby when a player with ball in one hand and the other tugging the jersey of one of five or more players intertwined and in front of him march relentlessly forward with the defending team powerless to do just that, that is, to defend the situation legitimately.
The defending team should now be satisfied as to which players are in an offside position and will no longer have to quickly interpret the active/ inactive scenario which has persisted for a number of years.
This creates a maul and can gain the defending team a turnover scrum.
The defending team attempts to hold the attacking player off the ground and hwhen play stagnates, the defending team win the put-in at the scrum and a turnover.
This creates a maul situation and can gain the defending team a turnover scrum.
If the defending team can do this attacking support runners are either out of the game or having to check their runs, but if they are allowed to get their offloads away beyond the tackle line that is when you have serious problems.
Clemens Schmid and Ahmad Al Harthy combined well at Qatar's Losail International Circuit last weekend to regain the lead for the defending team champions in the 2014-15 title race.
Details of the changes are: Obstruction: The application of the obstruction law will now focus on enabling the referee to allow play to continue unless the defending team has been materially disadvantaged.
The Axemen, with Tsai, Phacelia Cramer, Casey Sauter, Annie Richards and Brighton Glassman have a strong core that could contend with defending team champion Sunset.
As far as I can see, the defending team has eight or nine players back and the attacking team six or seven players up front with no sign of any particular formations.
In fact, you've got players in the defending team appealing for the ref to go to the screen.
Afridi hurt his groin during the recent Asia Cup tournament, in which the defending team lost the finals to Sri Lanka.