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how do i coach the miss pass in rugby?

how do i coach the miss pass in rugby?


If you look at the practice below you can use it to coach the miss pass.

The key points are:

  • Decoy runner calls for the ball and angles their run towards the ball carrier to draw the defender
  • Flat pass to the reciever will have less chance of being intercepted
  • Ball reciever to ensure they time their run late but fast to beat the defender

I hope this helps you.


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  • Tell your players the following.....
  • The first player runs out with the ball to the first set of cones and passes the ball to the second player.
  • The second player then runs out to the next set of cones and passes the ball to the third player, who runs out to the next set of cones.
  • In the last area of cones, the ball has to be passed quickly amongst all the players.

Coaching Points:

Don't feel that you have to focus on all of the following coaching points, you may have your own. Select the points that most closely match your overall training and session goals.

  • The tempo of this exercise must be high as a skill is only a skill when it can be preformed under pressure, and this exercise applies pressure. There is no point in pushing the tempo of this exercise beyond the ability of the players to meet their targets.
  • Ball carriers work a speed they are initially comfortable with, building more in more speed and faster decision making as they go - while retaining passing quality.
  • Passes are weighted correctly in terms of speed, distance, and accuracy. Spin passes are not used when they do not need to be. But if needed - they are.
  • The ball carrier uses effective, efficient, and encouraging communication to ensure that they receive the ball when they want it - and to ensure that they have enough time and space to make their pass.
  • Players should aim to get into a rhythm - they need to loosen up and establish a tempo.
  • Players should feel that the next pass and catch is the most important.
  • Following a pass, players take up to steps back.
  • Players explode onto the ball at speed, completing their pass before the cone.
  • Players draw the pass across their body, guiding the ball - not forcing the pass or firing it.
  • When passing, ball carriers draw the pass, in one motion, across their body.
  • Receivers present targets and have their hands up, ready to catch.
  • Relievers can clap their hands to establish a target.
  • The work rate will need to be high, lazy running and a low work rate will force the attack to grind to a halt.
  • Players can be creative in attack.
  • Players can use a variety of methods to pass the ball e.g. on handed.
  • Communication must be at the heart of the attack, it must be: effective, efficient, and encouraging.
  • I have found that the above drill works well. What puts some people especially juniors off is the distance of the pass so set up the above drill and just remove the middle player getting the guys used to passing over that distance then add the dummy runner as the pass is improved

    The most important thing to get across is why are they using a miss pass? and how do they expect to support once the pass has been made?

    You then have to get them practicing both the miss in front and miss behind pass, because they both serve a different purpose. If we miss in front, we may look at the 'missed' man taking a circular pass i.e. an immediate pass just inside or behind as he makes a looping run. If we miss behind we have to pay attention to the 'missed' man making a run as decoy to convince his oppo that he's the receiver.

    The miss behind may involve a bit of tweaking with running lines, with the missed man running a slight 'in' line and the receiver a slight 'out' line.

    I agree with Ollie. Get the players used to accurate passing over longer distances ( I use a pass developer ball) and then run the 'missed man' scenarios.

    In addition to what the other guys are saying, I find it necessary to coach the receiver as much as the passer. Longer passes are slower from hand to hand, and you must make sure the receiver is attacking the ball in the correct way so as not to over or under run his pass.

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