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Our primary aim in this study was to investigate differences in the ground reaction forces (GRFs) produced when adolescent rugby players performed match-reflective tasks of increasing degrees of representativeness. Fourteen male players performed three tasks; a straight jog, an anticipated cut and an unanticipated cut. These tasks were performed in four different conditions; landing with their dominant or non-dominant leg, while carrying or not carrying a rugby ball. Greater GRFs were recorded during both the weight acceptance and late push-off phases of the cutting tasks compared with the straight jog and during the push-off phase when the direction of the cut was anticipated. Carrying a ball, however, did not affect the GRFs recorded. These findings highlight the importance of employing representative task design when assessing performance and designing practice.