Use this kicking game to improve kicking, catching and tactical awareness, as well introduce some fatigue elements into training. Tactically, using a variety of kicks, the aim is to find spaces where the defenders are not covering. MORE
Gate to gate grubs
Put pressure on your kickers – they have to make as many accurate grubber kicks through coned gates in 60 seconds as they can.
Set up 2m coned gates across the pitch at distances of 10m, 22m and 30m from the try line. Place two balls on the try line facing each coned gate. Play in teams of five (picture 1).
Each kicker has 60 seconds to get the balls through the gates using a grubber kick. After each successful kick, they run around the cone behind them and kick through the next gate (picture 2).
When all kicks are completed, the kicker sprints off the pitch to finish. Add up the amount of successful kicks made to find the best team AND best kicker.
- Six kicks in 60 seconds.
“Face the target and drop the ball onto the foot.”
“Accurate kick with the front of the foot – do not rush just because there is a time limit.”
It is often said that you cannot replicate match conditions in training but you can put players under pressure so they become used to having to make technically correct actions.