Look at a few sidesteps on video and notice how they differ. Notice the change of angle and how many steps it takes.
View this video for the opportunity of seeing a number of sidesteps which are similar but not exactly the same.
Experience the sidestep from the defenders viewpoint.
The attacker runs at an angle towards a rugby field line marking.
When the sidesteps occur it's easy to see the change in angle which is achieved.
The video demonstrates sidesteps going both ways. Off the left foot and off the right foot.
Examine the sidesteps on this video
It's very difficult to pick up how to sidestep by watching other rugby players while you are actually playing in the same game.
You are busy with your own game, it`s over in a flash, it may be partly obscured.
Although it's a very powerful technique few players are able to do one effectively so they are rare.
You must find another way to learn. Finding or saving video clips of sidesteps is a good way.
It's best to see a sidestep technique in use in a game of rugby because you can see how effective it is. But even that can be deceptive.
The quality of the defence varies. Poor defence will make a poor sidestep look good and exceptional defence will make a good sidestep look ineffective.
Work out how effective a sidestep is before spending time learning how to do it. You must, of course, see an example before you can do this!
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