From my experience even basic backs moves, like a miss pass, loop or switch, need careful consideration. Not least because there are crucial variations you can make to suit your team’s strengths. During the match the players then have to understand the purpose of the move – why this move here and now? Use the backs moves below to turn your back row into a deadly attacking force.
All too often defences can tell exactly where the ball is going and who the strike runner is going to be. “Options open” is all about creating as many realistic attacking options for the passing player and keeping the defence guessing until it’s too late. The patterns are basic and can be achieved by any team. MORE
Running complex attack patterns to break the tackle line often doesn’t succeed. The same outcome can be achieved by the late movement of a strike runner into space and a well delivered pass. Running lines known as “ins” and “outs” can be used at any level of the game and, if well executed, will lead to more clean breaks. MORE
Instead of having lots of different plays, have one play with lots of different options. It makes it simple to practise, remember and easier to execute on match days. Here’s how to set it up… With this play, the defending team has the problem of identifying the strike player. Each attacking player must expect the ball. MORE
Build your players’ understanding of running lines so they can read what’s in front of them. These exercises will help your fly half and centres decide on the best pass or running line to use in a game. MORE
Most teams, despite attempts to be more flexible, need the same 9 and 10 in position to run the game. “Running the show” will help sharpen these players’ decision making skills and help the other players understand the half backs’ role in different parts of the game. MORE