Tactical Board 101: The Hooker Pass

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This column will generally cover basic rugby tactics and skills for players to familiarise. Contents are brought to you by former players and coaches which we hope can help you in your quest to be the best player in the sports.

Line Out Tactic

The Hooker Pass

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This particular line out tactic are most effective when the attacking team are in the 22 metre zone and the defending team are not paying attention to their blindside. In this attacking formation, the hooker essentially becomes the pivot replacing the scrumhalf thus enabling the scrumhalf to attack the opponent’s blindside.

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For this to work, the attacking team’s blindside would join up with the backline so as to make the defending team’s blindside to leave their position so he could mark his man.

The hooker could decide to do either the short throw or the long throw depending on the situation, but in this case, the long throw would give the hooker an extra second for him to make the 5 metre line before receiving the ball from the line-out.

The scrumhalf would then start to run towards the blindside to receive an inside pass from the hooker and home run!

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