You can't aim left and swing right without hip thrust, that cause back injuries.
Recovery between hard workouts is as important as the workout itself. The body needs rest to make its adaptation to the stresses of the workout. This is when we actually get stronger. The workout itself breaks us down, and recovery builds us back up to a new higher level of strength.
Great conditioning is what wins in the end, and allows you to hold off the opponent when you are leading. Good sports skills are critical for success, but if you cannot get to the ball, then you will never get to use them.