Try-scor­ing de­coy lines

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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.

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