Kicking in rugby can be used as a defensive or an attacking tactic, depending on the situation. It is a good way to clear the danger if the team are under pressure. However with a good kick over the top of the opposition they can be the team under pressure. We explain seven different kicking techniques a player may use in a competitive game situation.
Place kicks are used for convertions or for penalty kicks which are usually aimed at the the goal or the touch line. Here we demonstrate good technique for taking a place kick.
A drop kick is performed either to attempt a drop goal if within range or to restart the game from the centre spot following a try scored. The aim is to drop the ball on its end so it bounces straight back up to be kicked.
The 'aussie rules' type punt kick is used to kick to touch or as a clearing kick to get the ball out of a danger situation, particularly in your own 22.
The aim of the up and under kick is to try and kick underneath the ball and to get as much height as possible. The ball should rotate end over end and allow your players as much time as possible to get underneath it.
The torpedo kick is used mainly for a clearence or to kick for touch. The aim is to strike the ball with the outside of the foot and so create spin which should help it fly further.
The grubber kick is very much used as an attacking move as it involves the ball being kicked along the ground, through a defensive gap. The shape of the rugby ball means this kick can bounce in any direction making it difficult for a defender to pick up.
The aim of the chip kick is to kick the ball over an oponents head, run past and catch it yourself. The ball should rotate backwards end over end with just enough height to give the kicker time to run round and catch it.