Use this warm-up activity to improve awareness, catching, looking up and speed of thought. MORE
Chip, chase, score
Prepare and practice chip kicks for those matches against teams who have outstanding defensive records and difficult-to-beat tacklers.
Your team needs to be able to score in a variety of ways using different methods, as sometimes phase play and handling will only take you so far against a quality defence, especially those that blitz. The chip and chase can be a very useful option.
- Put the players into pairs with a ball between them.
- Play 1v1.
- The attacker runs towards the defender, chips the ball over him and regathers before scoring on the line.
- Then play 2v2, chipping for a team mate to run onto and score.
- Finish with a 6v6 touch game looking to score using the chip.
- Defenders, initially, are not allowed to hang back, allowing a chip kick to be an effective weapon.
- Then allow defenders to stand where they like. Add points for a chip kick to score. However, if the defenders hang back, they leave gaps in the front line.
- Perform this activity at pace as catching the chip at this speed will outpace any defenders who try and turn to get back.
- The kicker looks to see the space behind the defender is free, ensuring he pulls the defence towards him without the kick being charged down