This classic sidestep video demonstrates the classic type rugby sidestep with
guidelines, giving insight into how you beat the defender.
Video shows change in running line
View this video for a demonstration of the technique.
See how you create problems for defenders with your sidestep.
In this video the sidestepper is making an angled run.
You'll see (by looking at the line on the ground) that the new direction
is a big change from the old one and it happens instantly.
The video first demonstrates the sidestep, then runs through again showing
where the defender would be expecting to tackle and highlighting the actual
path taken by the sidestepper.
Points to note are the absence of tell-tale signs the step is about to occur and
the large change in angle of the running line.
Classic Sidestep Video
Imagine the difficulty defending. The defender would have difficulty in responding
to your change of direction - it`s virtually impossible!
I`m not about to help defenders..but they will need to be on their toes and
commit to the tackle as late as possible.
The problem with todays rugby is that it is very difficult to pick up how
you sidestep by watching other rugby players do it. That's because, although
it's a very powerful technique very few players are able to do one effectively.
So, find a better way.
Before you spend time learning how and then perfecting techniques it's
probably a good idea to have a good look at it to guess how effective they
are likely to be.
To be most useful the tecHniques must...
be clearly defined and explicit (not just "shift weight"!)
provide significant deviation in running line
be difficult to read (detect it is about to happen)