EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

Target practice

Avoid aimless kicking from your kickers. Give them targets and then, as they develop, make them look to kick to space and adjust to before they kick.

Help players develop their understanding of how to receive a pass so they can be in a good position to kick to where they want.

ACTIVITY

  1. Put a feeder (9) on the 22m line around the middle of the pitch and a kicker either to the left or right towards the 10m line.
  2. Split the try line into five (giving each a letter) inside the 15m line, between the 15m and posts, the posts and the same the other side.
  3. Shout which letter to aim at and have the kicker receive a pass from the feeder and try to kick the ball across the try line in the appropriate area.

GAME SITUATION

  1. Set up the pitch as in the picture above.
  2. Have three defenders start just outside the 22. Shout out which letters to run into.

  1. At the same time (or just before), indicate which set of cones the feeder should run to. As soon as the feeder gets there, he releases the ball to the kicker who has to kick the ball so it lands in one of the spare areas outside the 22m.
  2. The defenders aim to catch the ball on the full.

TECHNIQUE

  • Look for spaces to kick, square the shoulders to the target and kick.
  • Kick lower and hard to beat the defender to the landing point.
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