EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Dinkys

Flat quick defences can be undone with short chip kicks. “Dinkys” works on the accurate execution of this type of kick and the chase from the other players afterwards. This sort of play will increase your tactical armoury and is becoming prevalent at the top level.


Warm up time: 5-7
Session time: 8-10
Development time: 10-15
Game time: 15-20
Warm down time: 5-7


What to think about

Your team needs to consider the risks and rewards of this type of tactic. Kicking the ball always offers the chance of possession to the opposition. Your chasing players need to change the odds back in your favour.

The chip kick is easy to cover if there is a defender tracking back behind the defensive line. Therefore, tactically your team needs to convince the defence that there is no chip kick coming. Either your kicker needs to attack the line with his run before kicking or the kick should be far enough away from the cover.

Set-up

  1. Kicker: Kick high enough to clear the oncoming defenders and short enough for your chasers to win the race to the ball.
  2. Chasers: Anticipate the kick so that you accelerate past the kicker at the right moment.
  3. Support the potential catcher to gather offloads or knock backs.

What you get your players to do

Put a kicker (10) outside the box and a feeding player (9) about three metres to the side of the box. Place a receiver in the opposite corner. Have the kicker run onto a pass and kick the ball as he reaches the edge of the box into the target area where the receiver is standing. Swap sides and rotate potential kickers. Finally, add one or more chasers to see if they can gather the kick.

The kicker runs onto the pass and kicks for the target. Add chasers to work on timing.

The kicker runs onto the pass and kicks for the target. Add chasers to work on timing.


Development

  • Put in two defenders to charge down the kick. They can start at various distances away from the kicker.
  • Add in a covering player to either challenge for the kick or tackle the chasing player who recovers the ball.
Defenders try to charge down the kick whilst a covering defender aims to gather the ball or tackle the chasing player.

Defenders try to charge down the kick whilst a covering defender aims to gather the ball or tackle the chasing player.


Game situation

Set up a box as the bottom picture. Put four defenders in the middle zone and one defender at the back. The middle zone defenders must remain in this area at all times.

The attack has five attempts to beat the defence using normal passing or chip kicks. The gap in the zone offer spaces to kick into.

Play touch or full tackling rules.

 

Four defenders are restricted to the middle zone. The attack has five attempts to score.

Four defenders are restricted to the middle zone. The attack has five attempts to score.


What to call out

  • “Drop the ball onto the foot to kick”
  • “Disguise the kick by running first”
  • “Kick on the end of the ball”
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