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
Killer kick chase
The quality of the chase can define the quality of the kick. Work on “killing” the options available to the receiving team, thus pressurising them into mistakes or poor returns.
Most chases start from disorganised beginnings. The chasers need to connect and then apply pressure together.
- Put a receiver on one end of the box and another on the side of the box near to the other end.
- Place a kicker and two chasers on the other end.
- The kicker kicks towards a corner and the chasers follow up, aiming to prevent the receiver getting to the other end.
- The other defender comes round to offer support.
- Use two-handed touch.
- Put three balls spaced along one end of the box.
- Put a player 2m in front of each ball. Line up two lines of chasers, with two in the front and four 10m behind.
- Shout out which ball to play with and then let play develop.
- Set up three lines of attackers and four defenders as per the bottom picture and mark out a dummy scrum or ruck with cones on the 10m line.
- Throw a ball to one of the three defenders and let play develop.
- The first target is to prevent the ball being carried over the first line.
- The second is to prevent a kick going over the halfway line.
- Work together to force the catcher to be tackled or kick back under pressure.
- Stay in line, keep the discipline.