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Kick attack options
Use this drill to vary the kicking tactics for a flat or deep 10. It will help him target the right areas to kick to, and improve his reading of the defence and decision-making about whether to pass or kick.
This session will help your team attack the space behind the defensive line.
WIDE KICK – DEEP 10
- In attack have a feeder, a 10 standing deep and at least four other backs, including a winger. In defence, put in a covering full back and three players hidden behind the tackle tubes.
- Note the tubes are on a slight angle, which is about on the “tackle line”, where a tackle would be expected to be made.
- The winger (W) should offer some width.
- Mark out a target area for a kick.
- The feeder passes to the 10.
- At the same time, none or some of the players step out from behind the tubes.
- The 10 either passes to space, or kicks for the winger.
- If he kicks, all the players chase, apart from those who didn’t reveal themselves from the tube.
- Play touch tackling.
SHORT KICK – FLAT 10
- Add another defender with a tackle tube.
- This time, a defending 9 tracks back behind the tubes.
- Mark out areas for some short kicks.
- Repeat as above.
- The 10 should stand flatter.
- Without the time to make a long kick, he should opt for a chip or grubber kick.
- Be a triple threat on the ball – look to run, pass or kick. So hold the ball in both hands.
- Outside backs should call what’s on – where is the space?