Beat the rush: Draw then kick

Outfox rush defences by drawing them onto you then kicking front foot ball behind them to win back possession and maintain go forward.

With the increased use of aggressive rushing defences denying the attack space and time, new solutions are always being sought.

One of the most common at the top level is the short kick into the space behind the charging defensive line but just in front of the full back. The rationale is that this space has become a more inviting target with the defence committed to moving forward into the tackle.

Key points are:

Drag the defensive line up

The idea is to maximise the distance between the defensive line and full back, so the kicker has to wait until the first-line defence is well across the advantage line [at least 5-7 metres] before making the chip or grubber kick.

  • Drag the defence up by running at them to create a gap between them and the full back – then kick the ball behind them
  • Have at least two chasers in place in case of a strange bounce

Be flexible – kick off either the first or second receiver

The chip or grubber can come off either first or second receiver depending on how far upfield the defence has committed.

  • If the defenders hold back from the first pass you need to bring them up by running at them
  • A deep pass, but delayed can draw in the near and late defenders before the kick

Check off the defensive 9

The main covering defender is invariably the 9, who tends to “sweep” in behind the line. Therefore, your potential kickers must check off the 9 to make sure he can’t cover the chip before they commit to it.

  • A good covering 9 will sweep behind the defensive line, so the kick will be covered
  • If you are going to chip or grubber behind the defence check where the 9 is covering

Two-man chase

Ideally, you want two men level with the kicker. They must be “on the same page” and ready to chase a chip or grubber with two men rather than one to cover the variables of the bounce.

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