Get defenders off balance and less effective by making them commit to one tackling line while attacking another. You can do this by varying your angle of attack. MORE
Back row move – 9-10-8
Why it works
- 9 and 10 switch to draw defenders across from the scrum. This leaves enough uncertainty in the defence for 8 to bust through the gap left between 9 and 10, especially if both 9 and 10 take out their tacklers before each passes the ball.
Good if you have
- A quick-footed 9, though he does not need to be fast.
- A subtle passing 10 who can run and then thread a pass to find 8 on the best running angle.
- A good ball-carrying 8.
What players should do
- 9 picks up the ball at the base of the scrum and runs right and flat to switch with 10.
- 10 runs on a diagonal towards the scrum once 9 picks up the ball. He receives a switch pass from 9 and then quickly switches with 8 who is running from his left.
- 8 disengages as soon as 9 picks up the ball from his feet. He then arcs out to the right to take a pass from 10, running to the right of 10.
- 10 does not judge the distance to stand from the scrum correctly. This depends on the speed of 9. The further out, the better, so the defence is stretched.
- 10 does not go forward after he receives his pass. It is easier for 8 to hit the line of defenders or find a gap if 10 has made some progress forward.
- 10 dummying with 8 and passing to a flanker (6 or 7).
- 9 dummying with 10 on the switch and then
passing back inside to 8 with a flick pass.