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Difficulty: Beginner
  • Evasion
  • Offense
  • Running


To have attacking players avoid a flag pull by moving forward and taking advantage of space

What to Coach

Evading the defender is a key skill in rugby to get past the defense. Evasion focuses on leading the defender one way and then playing the ball the other way.

Coaching Cues:
A:Angle Change
Changing the angle, while keeping hips up field, forces the defender to make a choice. Look for the defender to turn her hip and shoulder in pursuit.

B:Ball to the outside
Put the ball in a protected position, ready for the pass.

C: Avoid Contact

  • Once the defender commits to pursuit, the attacking player may cut back on the defender. Options include: Jab steps, Hesitation steps, Jump steps, Double moves, Stutter steps.
  • Have fun experimenting with evasive steps.

D:Drive for the Try Line
Square your hips to the try line and run through the flag pull, in case the defender misses your flag or to set up for a continuation pass.

Coaching Notes

Game Progressions

  1. Incorporate flags.
  2. Advance players to a 3 v 2 game to practice the wiggle and other evasion techniques.

Key Concepts

  1. Ensure players remain in a straight running line after completing the wiggle.  New players tend to drift across the field.  Encourage them to keep their running lines straight up the field.
  2. Ensure players move the ball away from the defense on the second step.

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