This is an exciting play from a scrum with multiple options. It tests the opposition with an unusual starting positioning, which forces them to make defensive reads at the line. MORE
12-13 Switch (S2)
- 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 attack, thus keeping the opposition defensive line “honest” for future moves. They are less likely to drift as fast after this move.
- A quick back row can link well off this type of move, so it’s a good move for setting up a second phase move in a sequence of plays.
Good if you have
- A quick footed 12 who can attack the gap between the opposition 12 and 13.
- A strong running 13 who can bust through tackles.
- A good 7 who can pick up the running line of 13.
What players should do
- 10 passes early to allow 12 some running space and time. He must also support the switch once it has been made.
- 12 attacks the space between the opposing 12 and 13, and then runs at the opposition 13, thus drawing both players towards him.
- 13 delays his run as long as possible. He runs straight before cutting back in to take a pass from 12 on the “switch”.
- 12 runs sideways immediately. He needs to interest the defence by running forwards to start with.
- 13, on receiving the ball, runs towards the cover defence. He should straighten up.
- 13 should be looking to bust through the defence and offload to either 10 or a forward. Therefore loose forwards need to be aware of the play to make sure they pick their best running lines.
- 15 should be prepared to offer 12 a “get out” pass if 13 runs incorrectly.