EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Execute perfect miss passes

The miss pass is frequently misused. When executed at the right time, it releases attackers but too often allows defenders to drift out and push the attack towards touch. Use this session to develop better decisions.

Focus with your players on when to use the miss pass as much as how to execute it.

TECHNICAL

  1. Start with three attackers running through a 10m square practising miss passes using spin.

ACTIVITY

  1. Add two defenders (D1, D2) starting on the opposite side. D1 runs at the ball carrier (A1). A1 has to fix D1 before passing. D2 runs at A2 (the middle player), leaving A3 free to receive the miss pass.
  2. Gradually build up the speed of the defenders to increase the pressure on the passer. Insist on accurate passes in front of the receiver.

DEVELOPMENT

  1. Allow D2 to decide which attacker to target. A2 must now make the decision about where the ball goes and communicate it to the ball carrier.
  2. Allow D1 to drift across if the pass is given too early. This checks the timing of the pass is accurate.

TECHNIQUE

  • As the ball is released, the hand spinning the ball is pulled up and across it. In this example it is the right hand spinning the ball
  • Ball carrier: Follow through to the target.
  • Ball carrier: Scan the defence before passing.
  • Ball carrier: Pass as close to the defender as you dare.
  • Middle attacker: Shout for the ball to fix the defender.
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