A well-executed move can win a match. But this doesn't mean the move in itself has to be complex.
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.
A move for the opposition half, but not too close to their line.
Your backline needs to develop an understanding of when to set off. They need to learn and then use the right “triggers” to start their runs.
Rugby backs move
“Exeter” is a move from my 50 Great Backs Moves manual. I first used it as a student back in 1987. It was in a game against The Royal Marines, who were based at Lymstone in Devon, England.
This back row move is best from a scrum near the opposition’s line, between 15m in from the left-hand touchline and 10m to the right of the posts.
This back row move is called 8-9-14. It is best from a scrum in the opposition’s half at least 15m from the right-hand touchline. It might not work near their line because most teams will put in another defender to cover the blindside.
This move from the back of a scrum will help improve your 8’s skills and give your team a great advantage too.
This backs move is called Miss 13-15 (M4). It is best from around the opposition’s 22m line where they are most likely to use a man-to-man defence, and where your extra player will cause confusion.
I have used this move, called “Lomu”, plenty of times, both as a player and as a coach, it releases your blindside winger.