The lob pass is a handy in rugby games. Valuable when surrounded by opponents and
support is close but too close and/or too far behind for a conventional pass.
Good rugby skills - build them from the ground up.
You will make good passes with good handling skills
and when you know your passing basics .
When you use the lob
- in very special circumstances.
You have at least one support player fairly close to you but in a position
behind you that makes it difficult to reach them effectively
with a normal pass or a spin pass.
You make the pass while still moving forwards with your support trailing you
and running at roughly the same pace.
The pass is a gentle lob over one shoulder or the other
not actually travelling very far.
You can can throw further out to the side but the further you throw
the riskier it becomes.
Weigh up the benefits of the pass and the potential consequences.
Lobbing the ball to your only supporter when close to their try-line
is probably worth the risk. You may get a try.
It`s very different from attempting it to one of several supporters
near your own try-line - you risk giving away a try!
How to make a lob pass
You usually use two hands but it can be performed one handed if needed.
Lob pass, start
Lob pass, finish
You push the ball out slightly in front of your body around neck height.
Position it so you give yourself the easiest route to your supporting player,
bearing in mind how wide and how far behind the ball must go.
Use a combination of arms wrists and fingers to move the ball
the required distance with a lob.
In rugby, situations vary to a huge degree. Practice this pass
with your own variations and you are likely to find it very valuable.
You can master this pass alone.
Simply make the pass to an imaginary support player.
Then run and pick up the ball and repeat - many times!
It will also do wonders for your fitness, agility and ball handling.
You could also do it with a wall behind you so you can measure your accuracy,
get the ball back faster and do more repetitions in the same amount of time!
Perfect example of a lob pass
Several years after creating this page a perfect example played out in the
May 3rd 2013 Chiefs vs Rebels clash
at 1:50 in this Youtube clip
Tom English(14), surrounded by 3 would-be-tacklers manages to get away a
pass to Higginbotham who does well to score - great try!
If you are wondering about a forward pass, look at Law 11. It`s about the direction
the pass is made, not the direction the ball travels.
Higginbotham was behind English - why would he throw it forwards! :)
English was judged to have not thrown a forward pass,
presumably because his hands directed the ball backwards not forwards.
Surrounded player gets a pass away
Photo Credit - frame grab from YouTube video linked above
short to medium pass
ball passed over your shoulder
a gentle lob to fall into path of supporter(s)
great awareness of target needed
wrists and fingers only propel the ball
Be sure to fit out your passing toolbox. Follow the link and master
the other passes you`ll be needing.