Rugby coaching backs move to break the line and beat the full back

Why it works

  • As the defence focuses on defending front-line attackers, the “miss pass” goes to an unexpected player (11) entering the line.
  • Because the pass comes from 12, he should draw in the defence further as the focus has changed from 10 to 12.
  • The miss gives 11 a chance to attack the weaker defensive area to the side of the opposition 13.

Good if you have

  • Already used 15 in a strike move – the defence will be looking at him to attack.
  • An 11 who is a good timer of runs into line (and a good handler).
  • A 12 with a strong pass.

What players should do

  • 10 passes to 12.
  • 12 passes in front of 13 and 15 and on to 11 who appears outside 15.
  • 13 runs forward.
  • 15 runs forward.
  • 11 runs into the line between 15 and 14 to receive the pass. (11 loiters behind the scrum before getting into position. This move relies on an element of surprise.)

Common mistakes

  • 11 starts run too early and the defence adjusts for 11’s arrival in the line.
  • The pass is too deep, allowing the defence to drift on to the pass.
  • 13 and 15 stand too far apart, meaning a longer pass for 12. The move ideally requires a sharp, flat pass hitting 11 as they reach the “tackle line”.

Think about

  • All the players standing very flat apart from 11 to hide him from the defence. The pass is then floated “blind” across the players to 11.
  • 13 and 15 running towards 12, giving a little more space for 11 to run through.
  • 14 starting close to 15 and then drifting out.

This article is from my 50 Great Backs Moves manual.

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