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In what situation is the miss pass best employed

In what situation is the miss pass best employed

Wayne

If you imagine a 3 v 2 situation where the three players have the ball, the worst thing is that the two defenders manage to halt the attack by tackling an attacker or intercepting the ball.Surprisingly, this happens a lot even in the top level of rugby!

The attackers need to commit the defenders and "fix" them by running at their inside shoulders. If this is done successfully the defenders can only defend against two of the attackers and there will be a "spare" man in attack.

The miss pass is used when the spare man is the outside attacker and to use it successfully the attackers should create the space for the third attacker by pretending to pass to the second attacker who calls for the ball and has their hands out as if to recive the pass but instead the pass goes across to the third free attacker.

See the drill in my second answer below.

I hope this helps you

Simon

Wayne

I have attached a simple 3v2 drill to help you - it doesn't show a miss pass but you could use the practice set up to get the players to understand it.

Simon

3 vs 2 - Sprint to support

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15m x 35m Grid.

1 Attacker starts on the half way line of the grid, with the other two outside of the grid back to back with two defenders. On the command the one attacker runs around the red cone, with the other one running around the blue cone - likewise for the defenders.

Once they have run around the cones a 3 vs 2 will develop. If the player with the ball passes immediately this will give a 3 vs 2 in the middle of the pitch.


Coaching Points:

Encourage players to get into position as quickly as possible.

Attackers draw defenders and make the space

Keep depth of support players

Attack the spaces

Change defenders and attacker over

Defenders keep in line

All - communicate

The miss pass can be employed in a situation where the fastest attacking player is on the outside and in space or where the attackers identify a mismatch (big v small; fast v slow) in good time to execute the move

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