Backs move to improve timing

Best from

The opposition half but probably not near the line because the move’s point of contact with the defence is further from the “gain line” than others.

Why it works

  • The first “switch” in the centre will hold the defence momentarily, with the expectation of 13 carrying on his line against the grain of the attack.
  • It is likely that 12 will “bump” into his defender or be tackled and so leaving a gap for 11 to come through on the second switch.

Good if you have

  • A powerful 11 who is a good timer of his runs.
  • An opposition defence which has strong but not mobile tacklers, so you need to confuse the midfield defence.

What players should do

  • 10 runs forwards and passes to 12.
  • 12 runs sideways as he takes the pass from 10 and “switches” with 13.
  • 13 takes a “switch pass” from 12 as he runs towards 10 and then “switches” with 11.
  • 11 runs late and takes a “switch pass” from 13 going out.

Common mistakes

  • 11 hovers too close to the action. He needs to stay back to adjust his run to the point of entry because 12 and 13 will not always be able to run the same lines every time.
  • 12 and 13 not creating enough space for 11 because they perform their “switch” going forwards rather than going sideways.

Think about

  • 10 taking the pass standing still and releasing 12 from this position to help get the move going.
  • 13 flicking the ball out the back of their hand (a risky option though).
  • Taking the ball right up to the “tackle line” and 12 and 13 running more sideways than straight.
  • 12 working out where to run after they have released the ball. There is a danger of crossing or blocking if they linger after passing the ball.

Spaghetti backs move

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