The best forwards’ coaches are often likened to nutty professors. Absolutely embroiled in the detail of lineouts and scrums, they find even the most mundane technique exciting. But their enthusiasm and understanding is all for nothing if their sessions are not interesting and engaging for the players. Watch England’s former lineout guru Steve Borthwick, now with Leicester, at work and you will see he’s constantly looking for ways to make training as close to the game as possible. Mike Cron, who’s done so much with the All Blacks over the last decade, is the same. MORE
The two-man fire drill
Use this two-man lineout move to win ball if your lineout isn’t functioning or you want to change things up. Executed well, it will be a “banker” ball as the opposition won’t be able to react to it.
This simple move will help you win lineout ball when under pressure on your own throw. It can also be used when playing sevens.
- Start by ensuring there’s good spacing between your jumpers, as this stops them being easily picked up by the defending jumpers.
- The main move is for the front jumper to run to the back jumper and do a dummy jump, with the second jumper running past the front jumper to take a short throw just in from the 5m line .
- The 9 only follows after the throw is made.
- There’s also a cancel option in case the back jumper is tracked to the front.
- This entails the original front jumper continuing his run to the 15m line and the hooker throwing long to him.
- The hooker must be set early and ready to throw long or short.
- Jump with the inside shoulder coming forward, so the inside hands take the ball first.
- Don’t “show” too early – it’s about late, quick movement.