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VIDEO: Charge down training
Putting the squeeze on a kicker clearing his lines can reap rewards. Here’s how to charge down kicks from the base of a ruck or scrum.
Blocking clearing kicks close to the opposition line can result directly in a try. In this exercise, set up defenders to put pressure on the kick and then pounce on the loose ball.
- Put a ruck-pad holder (kicker, P1) two steps to the right of a ruck pad on the ground (to represent a ruck), holding the pad.
- Put two ruck-pad holders in front of him, each holding the pad with one arm, leaving the other arm free.
- Put up to four opponents opposite the players with the ruck pads, ready to come forward to charge down the kicks.
- Have a player (P2) with a ball step from behind the ruck and put the ball onto the bottom of the kicker ruck pad.
- The kicker (P1) then flicks the ball up to make it go over the players in front of him.
- As soon as the ball is played, the opponents come forward to charge down the kick and, if successful, pounce on the ball.
- The other ruck-pad holders aim to hold back/ block the charges.
- Referee the offside line harshly!
- Keep “active” and not low before coming forward.
- Hands should be high to block the kick.