Hard and fast with the miss pass
A hard and fast flat miss pass can cut out defenders before they have a chance to change their running angles. It can lead to clean breaks as your attackers exploit the gaps.
By scanning the line and hitting the ball at an angle towards a space, the ball carrier is going to be almost impossible to stop.
The feeder passes and the attackers move forward.
The first receiver throws a hard, flat miss pass to the third attacker.
This is done from right in front of the four upright tackle pads, and all four attackers are moving forward at pace.
The receiver has to ensure they hit the ball at full pace and at an angle that will take them between two of the tackle pads.
This can be developed with the pass being made from attacker two to four.
Or using a block (screen) pass from player two to four.
The passer engages the defender in front of them before turning their hips and passing hard across to the intended receiver.
The receiver should step late onto the pass and run at an angle.
Don’t spread out too far.
About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and coach educator. He coaches with the Bristol Bears DPP programme, is the assistant coach with University of Bristol Women's team and is a coach mentor for Broad Plain RFC mini and juniors section.
He was Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and as Assistant Coach with the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.
He was director of rugby for Cranleigh School, Surrey. Previously he played rugby for Bath and Bristol.
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