Things are not always as they seem. Rugby perception - seeing what is happening
in a rugby game is made more difficult by stress. Take advantage.
Perception is everything
In rugby every inch is important. Imagine how you can affect the game
by playing with opposition minds!
Imagine running towards the opposition
in a straight line at an even pace.
They have an easy time.
Their brains work out how to intercept.
They know who is going to intercept and tackle, there`s no doubt and
they get a body there to stop you.
Now imagine running towards the opposition
changing direction and pace slightly a number of times -
much more challenging for their brains.
Now imagine running towards your opponents
changing direction and pace slightly
maybe dipping your shoulder a bit
or doing something unusual with your feet
or showing the ball in an outstretched hand
Some of what you are doing is real and means something.
Some of it looks as though something else is about to happen, but is only a fake.
It all has to be viewed and weighed up by your opponents.
They have to decide what is real and what is illusion!
It all takes computing power. It`s no longer a simple calculation to work
out where you are going.
It`s no longer easy to know who must make the tackle.
Their brains are now in overload!
They are under stress and they make mistakes.
Maybe you do it without deception a number of times
then throw in a bit of deception.
Perhaps you don`t get past
but next time you may have more space
because they hang back
wondering what`s coming next!
Everything in rugby is easy
Except under stress - which is most of the time!
In rugby perception suffers from the strain involved in playing the game.
Some people look at demonstrations of
simple physical deception - sidesteps for example
"That would never fool me - I would flatten them"
BUT - they are not under the stress
that exists in a game of rugby.
Stress aids deception
which plays tricks with perception
and creates the important inches needed to win.
You only have to sow a seed of doubt, slow them for a fraction of a second.
It may just get you through the gap for a try.
In a nutshell
be tricky and as deceptive as possible.
Play with opposition perceptions.
As much as possible disguise your real intentions
and what is about to unfold on the pitch.
In another nutshell...
Now you understand rugby perception,
be evasive and make sure you believe sidesteps are a basic rugby skill.
Master them and you will excel.