The classic sidestep is how experts used to fool their opponents.
Much more effective than current models. This is what you need now.
Best sidestep - I call it a classic
This sidestep is a good one.
Watch Phil Bennett to see just how powerful they are.
Then follow details of the deception involved
how you set one up
the action - how you do it
Rugby sidesteps were most well developed and widely used at a time when much
less rugby was captured on film/video.
During the 1960's, 70's and 80's sidesteps (steps, stepping) were used more
widely, particularly by Welsh players.
Some were masters of the art.
I'm using the term "Classic sidestep" to mean the type of sidestep I associate
with players of that era. There are, of course, some modern players who do
the same - but not many!
This is one of the best rugby clips around, showing one of the great tries.
Many judge it to be the Greatest Try Ever in the history of the game.
As a player there is nothing more exhilarating. Imagine you are Phil Bennett
(just like the rest of us!)
As a spectator there`s nothing more exciting. Listen to the crowd and Cliff Morgan
the commentator ("Brilliant. Oh, that's brilliant!").
Cliff is a Legend. He knows what he`s talking about!
Classic side step by Phil Bennett in Barbarians v All Blacks 1973
You beat players with a sidestep by convincing them one thing will happen,
then doing something different.
There has to be no shadow of a doubt in their minds - they must be
absolutely convinced they will intercept and tackle you.
Then arrange to be somewhere else!
The classic sidestep is ideal for this.
It's useful in all sorts of situations.
You and the tackler can be approaching each other at almost any angle
and a classic would be effective.
Classic sidestep setup
You're the ball carrier.
Your opponent is "tackler".
You've spied out the land.
You've noticed a weakness
in the defence around "tackler".
You're in their 22.
Make a break and you'll probably get a try.
Maybe the player is up out of the defensive line.
Maybe the gap
between tackler and the next defender to your left
is just that bit bigger
and you believe you can get through it.
You run a line that will take you past them on the right.
If they don't tackle - that's just what you'll do, go past them.
The tackler is reading the situation
and running to a point where they will tackle you
taking into account
your speed and direction
your glances, waves, calls
your apparent focus
weight distribution (the way you're leaning!)
Lay it on with a trowel - that means it's impossible to overdo it!.
Let them know you're convinced you're going past.
It's all set up
You've told them you're running past and they know where.
They can think of only one thing - how they are going to put you
on the floor!
You've been keeping an eye on things,
now it's time for one last look.
It's your choice...
they won't get there in time - so you just run past!
the situation has changed, cutting inside is no longer possible -
so pass or take the tackle
the gap still looks good for the cut inside - do it!
Classic Sidestep action
The tackler is already convinced your next strides
will take you to the location of the expected tackle.
They're focused on getting there.
You have a split second to change course and avoid them
You`ve done it so many times before, you could do it in your sleep.
....you cut inside, going left.
It's too late for them, it's all over.
You're past them and into the next situation.
What's this BAM?
Well, that takes a lot of explaining
Fairly simple and straight forward - but takes a lot of explaining
and a huge amount of practice - or playing about, as I like to call it :)
Put simply you shift your weight to the left.
You do that by taking a short step
or missing a step completely.
This unbalances you
and you turn swiftly and without warning.
It took me a long time to work it out.
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