Rugby coaching backs move that releases your blindside winger

Best from

  • The opposition half.
  • Scrums or quick second phase ball with no forwards in the way.

Why it works

  • A “dummy switch” between 10 and 12 holds the defender covering 10. With 10 now moving on to 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.

Good if you have

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

What players should do

  • 10 runs forward and then sideways to perform a “dummy switch” with 12. Straight after the “dummy”, 10 attacks 12’s original marker and then 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.

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.

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.

This article is from 50 Great Backs Moves manual.

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