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Kicking for pressure

Applying pressure can come from forcing the defence to defend kicks. That means they have to leave some defenders out of the front line. If they don’t, you kick into the spaces they’ve left.

Kicks themselves apply pressure. A good chase by the attack can retrieve the kicks or put the receiving team in a position that they make mistakes closer to their try line.

The threat of kicks means the defence has to change their shapes or speed coming forward. That can create additional spaces to attack, or fewer numbers in the front line of defence

LONG KICK

A long kick forces the defence to have more players in the backfield. Also might mean that it has their forwards chasing back, creating fatigue.

CROSS KICK OR KICK PASS

A cross kick or a kick pass forces the defence to drop their wingers back to cover for the kicks, meaning fewer players in the front line.

CHIP KICK

A chip kick stops the defence rushing up. Also, may force their 9 to cover behind the defensive line.

Also, you can apply pressure by kicking into their half, so you might be able to retrieve the ball closer to their line.


Now, that’s some of the main ways to apply pressure to score. Try out the quiz next.

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