EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Kicking the bucket

Find your best kicker’s comfortable range then challenge him to make a series of very accurate restarts. This game not only improves kicking skills but gives chasers confidence in their kicker.

SET UP

From the halfway line get your main kicker to kick to the left then to the right. Make a note of where these kicks land. They must travel at least 10m (picture 1).

Now you know how far they can kick comfortably, mark the landing spots with a bucket (or a cone) then extend this area to challenge the kicker to go wider and longer, also with buckets (or cones). Label the markers A to D.

THE RULES

The kicker wins a point every time he lands a kick within a metre of a bucket – 20 points if he lands a ball in a bucket or 10 if he hits it (picture 2).

There is no time limit as kick-offs aren’t timed either. The kicker attempts to find all six buckets. Add up the points and allow at least three kickers to compete with each other.

The most successful kicker gets to kick to the forwards, replicating a kick off (picture 3). This gives you a chance to get your forwards and kicker working together and getting used to restarts.

SCORING

  • Kick into the bucket: 20 points. Hit the bucket: 10 points. Within 1m: 1 point.

TELL THEM

“Concentrate on the ball, be able to repeat good kick technique every time.”

“Take your time and take aim – there’s no rush.”

COACHING TIPS

Accuracy is key in restarts as those chasing will do so more with more vigour if they know the ball will go where it is meant to.

 

Fun rugby games for 12 to 15 year olds key

Kicking the bucket - part 1

 

Kicking the bucket - part 2

 

Kicking the bucket - part 3

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