Open field kicking under pressure
Use these games to develop your players’ ability to take a pass and then kick to a target when under pressure. They will have either one to three steps after the pass before they kick.
Must open field kicks are made under pressure – like clearing your line or kicking after a ruck. Make your practices game-realistic by giving them targets to go for.
ONE STEP, THREE TARGETS A kicker is passed the ball and either uses a one step or three step kick towards coloured cones indicated by you. These cones can be 20m+ away depending on the age/skills of your kickers. PROGRESSIONS You can put a player on cones and get them to signal where to kick. Use the weaker foot. Put in a defender to charge down kick. Make the kicker beat the defender first. KICKING TO A RUNNING TARGET A player runs towards a cone and the kicker has to land the ball on the cone to coincide with the player’s arrival. PROGRESSIONS You can also determine whether the kick has to go straight to hand or must first strike the ground . Add time pressure on release time of the pass to the kicker once the attacker has started run. Add chasing defenders. TECHNIQUE Scan before kicking. Face the target to kick. Drop the ball onto the foot. Follow the foot through to the target (not across). About Dan Cottrell
Dan is a practising RFU Level 3 coach and WRU Course Leader. He is currently the Head Coach of Swansea Schools U15 and has previously held coaching roles with the Young Ospreys Academy and was Assistant Coach on the Wales Women's Team for the 2010 World Cup.