Have a dummy pass option on the inside even if there are no runners there… this checks the defence and helps create space on the outside

-Run on to the ball if you plan on running or passing the ball, if you is stand still the defence is in control

More to follow as I find them out…

Playing at 10 and managing your emotions:

By Tim Goodenough

I find it interesting in rugby how often fly-halves (or first five-eighths or outside half’s) are cool, calm and collected, not just on the field but off the field too. There is something about that position that seems to attract or demand that kind of personality or style.

For me the reason is quite simple. Out of any position in a rugby team the impact of emotions on performance is most obvious at flyhalf. This impact is possibly most noticeable in place kicking, but can also be seen in out of hand kicking and even sometimes in general play. Therefore the players that do the best at fly-half will be the ones whose emotions aren’t a factor in their game.

When I say impact I mean if the flyhalf is experiencing intense emotions; in that he is angry, frustrated or disappointed (or even over psyched) it often shows up in his performance – the accuracy of his kicking in particular begins to suffer. Many fly-halves have made it to the top because aside from their skill and work ethic, they naturally are more laid back and are not prone to overly-intense emotions and their game doesn’t suffer from them. Other fly-halves have become more laid back and relaxed BECAUSE of playing the position, to play well they had to learn how to manage their emotions better – and that impacts their entire life.

Overly-intense emotions are emotions that are experienced in an intense way that negatively impact on performance. The intensity threshold for – emotions that begins to have a negative impact on performance – is different for everyone.

Just to be clear overly-intense emotions impact on all performance, it is just more obvious when playing at 10. So for those of you who are reading this that play fly-half or work with someone who does take note. To get them to the next level it may be more a case of them learning how to manage their emotions than an extra 3 kicking sessions a week.