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While scoring a try might look simple enough, scoring by kicking the ball in a game of rugby can be a lot trickier. It is an important aspect of rugby as there are several ways for players to score through kicking alone, such as the drop kick and conversion. Here are some tips and drills that you can do, to make sure you manage to score.
While every sport requires you to warm up before participating, this is especially important for rugby as the game involves a high level of physical exertion and contact with other players. Be sure to do thorough warm up exercises, as ligaments and muscles can be strained while kicking since these kicks often require a lot of force and impact from the player.
Drills such as squats and lunges are good for warming up the muscles in your legs to avoiding over-exerting them.
Kicking in rugby requires the player to be able to project the ball across great heights or distances. While strength is one very important factor when it comes to long distance kicking, players often do not realise that speed of kicking is another determining part of how far and high the ball travels.
Take a few steps backwards and to the side from where the ball is, before running towards it in order to put in as much power as possible when kicking. Another useful tip is to keep your body straight, as well as to kick the ball with the knuckle of your foot directly above your big toe in order to ensure maximum power. The knuckle of the foot is the strongest part, and also tend to lower the risk of injury when kicking with that part.
After you’ve gotten sufficiently warmed up, the next most important thing is to make sure your
accuracy is spot on in order to get the ball where you want it to be. One trick that many rugby players use to make sure of their accuracy is to align the seam of the ball to the spot they want it to be after kicking. For example, when placing the ball on a tee or on the ground before kicking, players should always try to position the pointed end of the ball upwards and towards their target.
While the main point of kicking is to try to score or to get the ball to a teammate, players should also pay attention to what comes after they kick the ball. For instance, the player should be
mindful to follow through with the kick, meaning to let his leg complete the arc after making contact and kicking the ball, instead of abruptly stopping his leg mid-motion.
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