Rugby double loop backs move

Why it works

  • The first “miss pass” pulls out the defenders.
  • The “loop” by 12 further pulls another defender to mark him as the extra man.
  • 10 creates an extra player, with 13 passing into the space between him and the looping 12.
  • In effect, this move creates two extra players for the defence to cover.

Good if you have

  • A quick 10.
  • Already taken the ball up with 13, especially from a “miss pass”.
  • Already used a “loop pass” from 13 to 12.
  • Identified a weak defender in the 13 channel.

What players should do

  • 10 passes to 13 and then follows 12 behind 13 to take a “pop pass” on the outside of 13’s shoulder.
  • 12 runs forwards briefly before “looping” behind 13, but running a wider “arc” to allow space for 10 to come in between 13’s “outside shoulder” and 12’s “inside shoulder”.
  • 13 runs forward to receive the pass from 10, then delays a “loop pass” until 10 has run behind and around his “outside shoulder”.

Common mistakes

  • 13 runs away with the pass making it difficult for 10 to make it around in time.
  • 13 runs too quickly towards the defence, again making the pass more difficult.
  • 13 passes without knowing 10 has made it around. There needs to be good communication to indicate 10’s imminent arrival.

Think about

  • 13 running towards the opposition 12 initially, before straightening up.
  • 13 performing a “dummy wide pass” before passing to 10.
  • 13 going themselves if their defender moves on to 10, so needs to have some momentum when reaching the “tackle line”.

This article is originally from 50 Great Backs Moves.

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