For anyone who puts on the number 10 shirt, there is a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. From planning the moves for your backline to telling your large pack of forwards where to be next. There is a lot going on. Here we hope to give you some tips to make life a little easier.
The importance of clear communication should not be overestimated. Players will need to know where you want them to be and what is happening next. You don’t need to be the only voice on the field so that everyone hears you (although we know that some fall into this category!) Just be clear, concise and make sure people know where to be.
Make your own decisions
If you have been trusted to play that position, make a decision and stick with it. If you want the forwards to take the ball on for one more phase then that is your choice. This is always a good option to allow you a bit more time to have a look around and see where the spaces are for your next attack.
Try to play the percentages
What does that mean? If you need to relieve the pressure, kick it deep if you are struggling to break down a defence, put the ball in behind them and make them play from deep in their own half. If you know you have a strong line out option, try to grubber kick the ball into touch to compete at the line out. There are various ways to change a game of rugby whether it be through as well-timed pass, a well-executed kick, and chase or an aggressive run through the defence. If you adopt the mantra of “get out, get over get in” in terms of getting from your own half to trying to score at the other end, then you have a focus.
There are a number of backline moves that can be created or tweaked based on other moves already being produced in matches up and down the country. Different teams have different players or positions they want to involve in moves more often than not. The more options you have to choose from gives you more of an opportunity to break down the most stubborn of defences. Try to work out as the game goes on where the spaces are, how does the opposition defend, where are the weak links and try to target this within your own play.
Practice hard on the basics
Your passing and kicking skills are the most important for your position. Let's be honest, historically fly halves are not largely renowned for their aggressive tackling or ball carrying although there are some exceptions. for a majority of club players, getting the passing and kicking right will make life easier in a game situation. That being said, a good fly-half will be able to use good footwork, be able to tackle effectively and also do their fair share of work in the breakdown. Work hard at all aspects of your game and reap the rewards.