Double switch backs move

This move is best from

The opposition half, but not too close to their line.

Why it works

  • As 12 drifts out and switches with 13, the inside defence stops to cover.
  • The outside defence might also stop, but 12 will be running into them or in front of them (but not in front of the ball).
  • 10 takes the “switch” looking to exploit the space in between 12 and 13, as the defence remains static.

Good if you have

  • A 10 who is a potent attacking weapon.
  • A 13 who is a good handler of the ball.
  • Already performed a “switch” in the centre.

What players should do

  • 10 passes immediately to 12, moves slowly backwards and then starts to “arc out”, where he eventually takes a “switch pass” from 13.
  • 12 receives a quick pass from 10, then performs a “switch” with 13.
  • 13 takes a “switch pass” from 12 and then “switches” with 10, who has “looped” around.

Double switch backs move

Common mistakes

  • 10 runs too early after passing the ball. He must hold back to allow 13 to make some headway.
  • 13 takes the “switch” too early, and therefore is not influencing the defence enough.

Think about

  • Swapping in another player for 10, and 10 standing with the centres instead.
  • 14 and 15 standing wide.
  • 10 receiving the ball and sending a wide pass out to 15.
  • The timing of the run from 10. The move happens in a confined space so getting the timing right is essential.

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