EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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Best from

  • A scrum in the middle of the pitch. Normally this happens when an opposition kick off goes straight out or does not go 10 metres.

Why it works

  • The play goes right. Since the opposition 9 normally stands on the left of your scrum, he is taken out of the game.
  • Since there is plenty of room either side of the scrum, stacking the backs on one side forces the opposition to match up.
  • If it is well executed, even if the opposition spreads their defence evenly, a strong running 15 can cause a lot of damage.

Good if you have

  • A good scrum.
  • A 12 or 13 with a good long pass from left to right.
  • A strong running 15 who likes to attack from deep.

What players should do

  • 10 takes the ball standing still and runs sideways towards 12. He passes to 12 who is running the other way.
  • 12 runs in the opposite direction to 10 to take the “switch pass”. He then passes across to 15.
  • 15 starts behind the scrum and runs on a wide angle to his right to take the pass from 12.
  • 14 stays wide to keep his opposite man occupied.

Common mistakes

  • 10 takes the ball up too far, allowing the opposition 9 to intercept the pass.
  • 10 and 12 don’t “switch” early enough, allowing time for the opposition back row to get in between the passes.
  • 12 does not pass the ball far enough in front of 15. He needs to draw the receiver onto the pass.

Think about

  • 12 cross kicking for 14.
  • 15 and 14 performing a “switch pass”.

 

10, 12 and 13 line up on the left hand side of the scrum. 15 stands behind the scrum.

 

10 switches with 12, 15 moves to the right.

 

12 gives a long pass to 15 as he runs to the far right of the scrum.

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