The 10 Loop rugby backs moves

Best from

  • The opposition half.
  • A scrum, but it can be used from a lineout.
  • Inside the 15m lines at the side of the pitch.

Why it works

  • The short pass to 12 who then stops, draws in defenders. As the focus is now on 12, when 10 takes the ball he can pass wide to 15 who should have more space to run in.
  • If 12 has already taken a “crash ball”, the effect is even greater.
  • The “turnaround loop” means 12 can see 10 all the time and 10 can scan his own receivers, as well as the opposition, without worrying about the pass.

Good if you have

  • A good passing 10 who can identify gaps.
  • A strong running 13 and 15.

What players should do

  • 10 passes early to a flat, almost static 12. He then loops behind 12, taking a return pass and then looks to pass to 15 or possibly 13.
  • 12, standing quite close to 10, moves forwards as he receives the pass. He turns towards 10 and passes as 10 goes behind him.
  • 13 starts deep and wide. He runs in towards 12 so he can take a short pass from 10.
  • 15 starts deep and drifts wide so he can take a wide pass from 10.

Common mistakes

  • 12 stands too deep and makes 10 run too far backwards. 10 should follow the pass and receive the return without having to change direction.
  • 10 passes behind 13 or 15. Because 10 is running sideways more than normal, he has to almost pass forward to put the ball in front of 13 or 15.

Think about

  • 12 or 10 “dummying” their passes and going for a gap themselves.
  • 15 running inside 13 to either take a “pop ball” or a “switch” with 10.

This backs move is from 50 Great Backs Moves.

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