Lomu inspired backs move

Lomu move to get players running from opposition half following scrum

What players should do in this rugby drill

  • 10 runs forwards, then sideways to perform a "dummy switch" with 12.
  • Straight after the "dummy," 10 attacks 12's original marker and turns from outside to in to pass back inside to 11.
  • 12 runs as if he is to take a "switch pass" from 10.
  • 11 waits until 12 has run behind 10 before accelerating into the gap on the inside of 10 to take the pass. He has to be quite close to 10.

Why this rugby backs move works

  • The "dummy switch" between 10 and 12 holds the defender covering 10. With 10 now moving onto 12's original marker, no one will be marking the winger.
  • If 10 can pass just before contact, then the angle of the run from the winger (11 in this example) should take the winger behind the defence.

This is a good rugby play or move to use if you have:

  1. A 12 who has already run a successful "switch".
  2. A winger you want to get into the game.
  3. A quick-footed, subtle passing 10. The second pass is quite difficult to perform without signalling the move to the opposition.

Common mistakes

  • 12 does not interest the defence.
  • 11 mistimes his run. Too early and he bumps into 12. Too late and he is too far away, so 10 finds it difficult to make the pass.

Key rugby coaching tips to think about

  • 10 flicking the ball out of the back of his hand.
  • 12 taking a "switch" from 10 and then "switching" with 11 who goes through the same gap.

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