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The dummy pass will make a defender feel very silly when they fall far it

There is no better feeling in rugby than fooling a defender with a dummy pass.

At its best, a dummy can unlock the tightest of defences.

The most important thing to remember is to look as if you are actually making the pass - that way the defender is convinced you are about to pass to your team-mate.

And when you don't, you'll leave a very annoyed tackler red-faced.

Don't use the dummy pass all the time, or the opposition will work out your tactic in no time.

STEP ONE

Dummy pass - step one

Run towards the defender holding the ball in both hands.

Look towards the person you are feigning the pass to and make the passing motion - but do not release the ball.

Again, timing is important if you are going to sell the dummy pass to the defender.

STEP TWO

Dummy pass - step two

The defender will be drawn to your team-mate - the target of the intended "pass".

Take advantage of this by drawing the ball back into your chest and accelerate into the space created.

STEP THREE

Dummy pass - step three

Sprint into the space you have just created.

Keep looking around for any players in support who are in a better position than you are.



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