EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS RUGBY COACHES

VIDEO: Teaching the basics of the punt and then adding pressure

This session is about the techniques for kicking in open play under pressure, and then pressurising the kicker and charging down poor kicks.

 

WARM-UP

  1. Two players stand 5 metres apart and kick to each other alternating between feet.
  2. Increase the distance once the players are kicking accurately.

MAIN PRACTICE

  1. Three players stand in a line at the corner flag.
  2. You roll the ball out into the playing area.
  3. One player chases after the ball, retrieves it and passes it to another player who has to punt the ball through the posts.
  4. The third player runs along the line for 15 metres and then turns infield to put pressure on the kicker only.

GAME SITUATION

The session can be developed by playing “penalty touch”, a game to improve the length and accuracy of punts. Pair up your players. One player stands 15 metres from the halfway line. He kicks for touch as if from a penalty. If the kick makes touch, the second player takes the ball from the point it went into touch, walks in 15 metres and returns the kick. If the ball does not make touch, then the original kicker has to retire 20 metres to kick again.

The winner is the player who forces the ball to go out on their kick on their opponent’s 5 metre line. Repeat the game with the second player starting. Then change ends and start again.

TECHNIQUE

  • Keep the ball in the middle of your body.
  • Strike through the ball so your leg does not go across the ball.
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