Try-scoring decoy lines
First-phase strike moves remain crucial and similar patterns produced tries for three different teams.
Sale, Exeter and Wasps all scored tries after their flyhalves: Rob du Preez, Joe Simmonds and Jacob Umaga respectively – had faded behind their outside centre to receive a pass from the inside centre. In each case, the fly-half had a blindside wing for company. When done well – as these moves comprise so many moving parts and so many options for the attacking team – they are difficult to contain. Convincing “decoy lines” – “running lines” is a better term because the flat player should be a viable option if defenders are not fixed – are so important.
Three different clubs scored first-phase tries with this strike-play over the weekend, with an inside centre (12) at first-receiver and running flat. They had the option of a flat pass to their outside centre (13) or a pull-back to the fly-half, who had the blindside wing (11) for company. In each case, the inside centre played the ‘B’ pass rather than the ‘A’. Because the outside centre had fixed defenders, there was space further wide.
Fake moves: Jacob Umaga switched position for Wasps