How to: PASS A RUGBY BALL

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Greetings and welcome to Rugby Spy here on Youtube where we take a closer, in-depth look at the world of rugby union. The core skillset of a rugby player is comprised of the skills which every player in the squad is required to practice – regardless of the number on their back. One of the most a important of these skills is the pass. We’ll take a look at the actual mechanics of the pass in another video but today I’d like to focus on the receiver of the pass and his position before and after he receives the ball. Let’s start by checking out a few examples and then we’ll take a closer look at what constitutes a well-executed pass and make sure to hit that like button if some of the moves you see in the sequence are completely unexpected. As you’ll see, there’s more than one way to pass a rugby ball. The vast majority of passes made during a rugby match are to teammates on the move. The old adage “It’s harder to shoot a moving target” applies here more than in any other facet of the game.

Tham khao cac buoc hieu qua de tang kha nang chong nuoc cua san go cong nghiep .

There are three dimensions to the position of the player receiving a pass on the move. Let’s use a small dose of Cartesian mathematics and call those 3 dimensions X, Y and Z. The ‘Z’ axis considers the height of the ball as it arrives at the receiving player. The perfect height is at or around the chest area or the ‘breadbasket’ as it is often called. Anywhere between the waist and shoulders will probably work but the ideal height is at the chest – where reaching for the ball is most natural for the receiver. A pass that arrives too high will open the body of the player as he reaches up to catch it – resulting in what’s known as a hospital pass because the open position of the player’s body is completely unprotected in the tackle. A pass arriving too low will slow the receiver’s momentum as he tries to scoop it up off his shoe laces. The ‘Y’ axis runs from try line to try line and considers the speed of the receiving player as he runs onto the passed ball. If you visual the current position of the receiver as a target just before you pass, then it is highly likely that by the time the ball gets to your target, the receiver will have moved beyond it. The trick is to target some point in front of the receiver’s current position so that he is running onto the ball as it arrives. The speed of the receiver must be tracked by the player passing the ball so that the receiver can comfortably catch the ball without slowing down. In fact, the pass will be considered even better if the receiver has to speed up slightly to catch it – promoting an increase in the momentum of the attack. Often-times a perfectly-weighted pass will almost appear to ‘hover’ in the air in front of the receiver as he reaches out to catch it. The ‘X’ axis runs from touchline to touchline and considers the distance of the receiver from the passing player. The further away the receiver is, the longer it will take for the ball to get to him and the more power that is needed behind the ball to complete the pass. Adding power to the pass increases the risk of something going wrong, so it needs to be that much more accurate. Defending players have more time to watch the flight of a long pass and, inherently, more time to get to the ball before it arrives at the receiver – in other words – make an interception.

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Judging the position of the receiving player will always be a three-dimensional skill but if even 1 of the 3 dimensions are incorrectly judged, the receiver will have his work cut out to maintain possession unless you’re passing the ball to former Irish winger Simon Zebo. Zebo’s recovery from Jamie Heaslip’s offload was a joy to watch at the time and perfectly demonstrates the importance of judging all 3 dimensions of the receiving player’s position when passing the ball. Incredible footballing skills there from Simon Zebo to recover from Jamie Heaslip’s offload. Thanks for taking the time to watch this instalment of Rugby Spy here on YouTube – I really appreciate it. Feel free to add your tuppence-worth in the comments section below and if you liked the video make sure to subscribe to the channel and smash that notifications bell so you know exactly when the next video drops. It should be in about 3 or 4 days time. Until then…

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