Fly halves (10s) that angle away the source of the ball before they pass, force their own backline across, losing attacking space wider out. Help your 10 stop drifting. MORE
Whiteboard rugby: Attacking the line
What is meant by attacking the line and how can you use this effectively in your tactics?
It is crucial for any first receiver to make at least one positive step forward when they receive the ball.
It can be tempting, especially if you are a fly-half (10) and you have called a move where the ball will be going wide, to immediately set off running wide. The problem with this approach is that it allows the defenders to drift over and cover the space.
Make at least one positive step forward towards the defence and you will preserve more of that wide space.
Filming your fly-half as they run some moves can help with this. It is likely that they don’t know that they are immediately starting running wide.
Show them and it will probably lodge in their head more.
Alternatively, a game I have found successful, is to have a cone where your fly-half will receive the ball and another cone, about 2m further forward, that they need to reach before they can break to the outside.
Do that for a few minutes at the start of the session and you will find your fly-half is much more threatening when they receive the ball.
Here are some ideas to improve your 10’s attacking play: