EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Backs moves

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.

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12-13 Switch (S2)

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Best from Anywhere outside your 22. Either a scrum or lineout. It’s easy to set up from a second phase but is not good against tight defence. Why it works Defences tend to drift out more after a pass from 10. This attacks “against the grain” even more than a “10-12 switch”. It straightens the... MORE

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Miss Behind (M1B)

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Best from Anywhere on the pitch. It creates the illusion of a short pass, but is an effective way of getting the ball wide. Why it works The move buys time for 13, especially against a “rush/blitz defence”. The defenders will hold their runs based on 12 and will slow to tackle him. The pass... MORE

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Miss 12 Pass Back (M1 Back)

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Best from Between the 22m lines and just inside the opposition 22. This is a “strike” move which can be used when defenders are tired, or from second phase when there may be “props” in the midfield defence. Why it works The “miss pass” and “outside arc” of 13 draws the defenders onto 13, stretching... MORE

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Rangy 15

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Best from The opposition half and close to the try line. It’s a great move for big 15s to hit the line and ride a tackle to score under the posts. If 12 moves quickly enough and has posed a threat already then the space should open up enough for this to happen. Why it... MORE

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Dummy Switch Pop (DSP)

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Best from Anywhere on the pitch. Both scrums and lineouts. The move is also easy to set up with a variety of players (backs and forwards) and from second phase. Why it works The “dummy switch” between the 10 and 12 holds the inside defence. This causes enough uncertainty to create a 2 vs 1... MORE

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Unders and Overs (P1)

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Best From Anywhere on the pitch and with any two players, not just 10 and 12. Second phase because it is easy to set up Why it works The angles of running by the receiver draw the marker one way before his sharp turn puts him into the space left by the defender. If the... MORE

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10-12 Switch (S1)

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Best from Anywhere on the pitch. Second phase ball because the set up does not need much organisation and can be easily communicated. A scrum but especially a lineout as it attacks the space at the back of the lineout. Why it works The “switch” attacks inside the opposition’s 10 (or whoever is standing at... MORE

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Miss 12 (M1)

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Best from Anywhere on the pitch. Second phase ball. Why it works It moves the ball further from the cover defence, so if 13 makes a break he is less likely to be hauled down by an opposition back row player. Executed well it puts 13 into a space to either run at his opposite... MORE

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Wide out

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Best from The opposition half, but outside the 22. Having a large gap between 10 and 12 before the move starts means that the defence has to adjust. This has the advantage of disrupting an originally well organised defence, used to a normal line up. Why it works It’s a very simple move to set... MORE

Double Switch

in Backs moves

Best from The opposition half, but not too close to the line. So often the best player in the side is 10 yet they rarely get a chance to run from a move. This move provides that opportunity. Why it works As 12 drifts out and then switches with 13, the inside defence stops to... MORE



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