EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

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

  1. A kicker is passed the ball and either uses a one step or three step kick towards coloured cones indicated by you.
  2. These cones can be 20m+ away depending on the age/skills of your kickers.  

PROGRESSIONS

  1. You can put a player on cones and get them to signal where to kick. 
  2. Use the weaker foot. 

  1. Put in a defender to charge down kick. 
  2. Make the kicker beat the defender first. 

KICKING TO A RUNNING TARGET

  1. 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). 
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