EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Short, Short, Wide

Best from

  • A set piece outside your 22.

Why it works

  • The ball is moved quickly twice one way, close to each ruck. This should tie in their loose forwards and backs, leaving their slower forwards covering some of the field. Your 10 can then decide to keep on going the same way or attack the other way depending on the defence.
  • If the ball is slow, then 10 can kick into a corner.

Good if you have

  • A solid back row, because you need to support the second “short” run to create the opportunity for the “wide” phase.
  • An aware 9 and 10, because you might need to go short a third time to tie in more defenders.
  • A good 15 or winger to exploit the wide out space.

What players should do

  • Use a close move to attack within 10 metres of the set piece. Make sure you do not commit all then forwards to the first point of contact.
  • Run another close move to attack the same way.
  • Once you have produced quick ball, 10 uses a wide move either left or right, depending on the amount of space available and the defence in front of him.

Common mistakes

  • Forwards getting in the way of the return “wide” passes. They should either retire behind the back line, be prepared to be missed out in the passing movement, or get so far in front of the potential pass that they are neither blocking nor disrupting the play.

Think about

  • If the ball is slow, 10 kicking into a corner.

Short, Short, Wide-1

Close backs moves: 10-12 Switch, Dummy Switch Pop, Slice, Unders and Overs, Rangy, Lomu.

Close back row moves: 8-7, 8 Pick and Go.

Short, Short, Wide-2

Close backs moves: 10-12 Switch, Dummy Switch Pop, Slice, Unders and Overs, Rangy, Lomu.

Close ruck moves: Three Man Blast, Pick and Go, Nutmeg.

Short, Short, Wide-3

Wide backs moves: Miss 12, Miss 13, Dummy Switch Miss, Split Miss.

 

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