Rugby Mastery: Goal Kicking and Drop Kicks

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He adopts a powerful stance elbows tucked in and hands held together almost as if he was praying before he kicks. A lot of these physical movements are simply to get the body and mind ready for the kick.

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More often than not the kicker would kick through the ball from a 45 degree angle. He can use as many steps as he likes to help get the timing right. Notice in the photo below angles to the post. I aim with my right eye so set up with right eye in line with the ball. The angle of this foot should always be pointing in the direction of the posts. Angled out it would go left and angled in it would go right. Having the foot placement to far forward with decrease your power and having it too far back with make you kick further up the ball with less accuracy.

The kicking leg should always connect with the same point on the ball. Depending on your setup this can change. A good tip here is to imagine the ball is glass and as you are over the ball you should be able to look through it to see you foot strike. The opposite for a left footer. This helps accuracy, consistency and power. Some players however to fall away to the side of the ball instead of in front of the ball. If you swing through the ball and finish in front more often than not you would achieve greater distance and a higher level of accuracy than those that fall away to the side.

Notice in the below photo of Aaron Cruden that the finish is past the tee and through the ball.


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Hips are facing towards the posts and where he wants the ball to go. Following the basics of goal kicking you can improve your technique dramatically.

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There are lots of others things you need to get right which include the way you practice and mindset. If you are a kicker everything has to be positive.


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When we break the skill down into 6 key points we can focus on improving each step which will help you with your consistency and accuracy. Practicing and evaluating only six things after each kick will allow you to critique the part that was not performed so well and you can improve it for the next kick with being too overwhelmed. Continue to focus on improving and getting better with each training session. Practice at every opportunity prior to training or after even if it is only 5 to 10 mins. In our experience limiting the amount of kicks to 20 gives us a goal and an end point.

During practice you should always finish on a good kick so that we internalise the correct technique. Five minutes prior to your game is always beneficial to get the body primed. The good news All kicking techniques can be learnt and passed onto other players. Some players think they can kick but in reality they cannot kick to save themselves. We believe anyone can learn to kick in a short space of time with the right frame work and be successful on the paddock.

Strength and Conditioning training for rugby goal kickers To improve your goal kicking do not skip leg day. Seriously strengthening the legs can help with correct muscle function, kicking technique and power in your goal kicking. While you cannot go past the basics such as the squat or the dumbbell walking lunge here are our favourite exercises in the gym or weight room to help improve your goal kicking.

Exercises to incorporate into your program Torture Twist- Great for Building core strength Superman or any Quadraped exercise — helps core strength and minimise instability Rotational Squat — Very good for that twisting motion similar to a kick. Helps you develop power around the hip. Clams — It is important to have strong glutes and that includes the smaller glute muscles. Single leg balance work - Eyes closed for 30 seconds - 1 minute Always incorporate a good warm up and warm down in your training sessions as it will help reduce the risk of injury.

Within a minute Italy strayed offside and Martinez kicked the penalty. Wing Sebastian Cancelliere stretched over to put Argentina ahead after 26 minutes. Sanchez, back on the field, missed the conversion which allowed Canna restored Italy's lead before the half. The lead switched back and forth early in the second half as Sanchez kicked three more penalties for Argentina split by a penalty by Canna and a drop goal by Marcello Violi for Italy.

Wet weather nearly did the ABs over at the last world cup semi vs SA. When you consider how many Crusaders are in this team and how changeable the weather is at Wellington, you'd think they'd be comfortable with the conditions. I hate to think of them as a fair weather side, but the evidence is mounting to support the statement.

I think it's more to do with the game plan than the player's ability to cope with the weather.

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There's no reason the players shouldn't be sharp in wet weather, like you say, the players are used to winter conditions. But I think they'll need to work on their tactics as a team for that type of opponent and in those conditions. I think maybe they just spent a lot more time working on a different style of game and haven't spent a lot of time lately developing their tactical kicking game.

I think it might be one of the last facets of their game they haven't mastered yet. In saying that, this game would have provided the perfect classroom for them to learn. I think playing such a tough unfamiliar game, in a hostile environment and winning, before hitting up Ireland will work in their favour. I feel good about it. Even if we lose, I just hope to see an improvement in their kicking from hand. We need it. It'll be good for the future if they can.

Very good points.

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I was disappointed with the kicking decisions, Englands back 3 defused everything sent their way and it wasn't until Crotty came on that they changed up, I wonder if that's because Crotty made that decision or if it was instructed from the box, then again, when TJ came on, they reverted to kicking just as England got their second wind. Tactics on the night weren't right for sure. I don't reckon they will.

I imagine though that they'll be emptying the tank this week, more so than last week. No one seems particularly fussed about Italy and anyone who hasn't had much game time will be playing that one.

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