Back row moves

Why this move works

  • From a scrum with a 15 metre or greater blindside, a swift 8 and 9 can quickly get into the space between the scrum and normally the lone defender.
  • 8's run draws a back row defender to create a 2 v 1 for your 9 and 14. With the defending 15 likely to be covering the midfield, this may give 14 a free run to the line.

Good move if you have:

  • A quick 8 who can pass well.
  • A quick 9 who can attack gaps.
  • A fast 14.
  • A scrum that can wheel slightly so the tighthead side gets ahead of the loosehead.

Back row move rugby drill

What players should do in this rugby drill

  • As soon as the ball is at his feet, 8 picks and goes right. He passes to 9 as that player comes round.
  • 9 puts the ball into the scrum, then arcs round the back of it and to the right. He takes a pass from 8 and attacks the inside shoulder of the opposition 11.
  • If the opposition 11 is drawn in, 9 passes to 14. Otherwise 9 continues his run.
  • 14 stands close to the touchline. He waits until 9 receives the ball before running forwards to support 9, possibly to take the pass.

Common mistakes

  • The scrum wheels the wrong way, so 8 has a long way to go to attack. In which case cancel the call.
  • 8 runs too far with the ball.
  • 14 stands too close or runs too early. He must maintain his position to keep his marker guessing.

What to think about in this rugby drill

  • 14 looking to switch with 9.
  • 9 kicking ahead for 14, especially if the opposition has put another defender on the blindside.

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