Rugby coaching backs move for blindside wingers

Use this move from inside your half of the pitch because it is especially effective when the defending full back and wingers are slightly deeper to cover the potential kick.

Once the initial breach of the defence is made by the blindside winger, the move relies on good support play from the other outside backs to finish off the play with a try.

1) From a scrum, 10 runs forward a few paces to draw the defending back row. He then cuts sharply across the pitch and runs in front of the backs.

2) 10 fixes the defending 10 and back row with a dummy switch with 12.

12 needs to be totally convincing by making plenty of noise and hitting the line at pace with his hands ready to catch the ball. It can be a good idea to run a few simple 10 to 12 switches early in the game so the defence get used to defending against it.

3) The blindside winger (11) sets off as late as possible and runs behind the dummy switch. He accelerates and receives an inside pop pass from 10. He runs inside the defending 10 and 7 (who will be drifting to cover the 10).

The pop pass to the winger should happen behind the 10’s back so it is hidden from the opposition. As an option 10 can dummy this pass as well and throw a wider pass to any of the outside runners.

The 13, 15 and openside winger all provide options out wide for the 10. They all need to be vocal running into attacking positions.

The 13 should run at his opposite man’s outside shoulder to pull him wide. The 15 runs at the outside of the defending 13 so he has three attacking players to watch.

As soon as the blindside winger is past the defensive line he changes direction to link with his support players. The outside backs’ roles then change from giving options for the 10 to being support for the blindside winger.

They should all come from deep and give him inside, outside and wide options when faced with the covering defensive wingers and full back.

This article is from Rugby Coach Weekly.

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