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Kicking skills



Here's how to...punt kick.

The punt is an important skill every kicker should master.

It is a crucial part of attack and defence.

It is very important to make a good, long touch kick if the opposition have given away a penalty.

Usually the fly-half, scrum-half and full-back take most of the punt kicks.

However, if a forward calls the mark inside their own 22-metre line, they're usually expected to clear their lines by booting the ball into touch.

So no matter what position you play, it is worth having a go practising the punt kick.

STEP ONE

Here's how to...punt kick.

To get the most distance, hold the ball at a 35 degree angle.

This is quite simple, you don't need a protractor to do this!

Practice a couple of times holding the ball at different angles to see which angle gets you the furthest distance.

STEP TWO

Here's how to...punt kick.

If you are a right footed kicker, place your left hand towards the front of the ball, with your right hand towards the rear.

The ball should be tilted about 35 degrees towards the left.

Reverse the process if you are left footed: Right hand towards the front of the ball, left hand on the rear, ball tilted 35 degrees towards the right.

Sounds complicated, but it's easy once you get your hands on the ball.

STEP THREE

Here's how to...punt kick.

Step forward and put your non-kicking foot into the ground for a good, stable base.

Drop the ball onto your kicking foot.

Aim to make contact with your bootlaces with your toe pointing downwards at contact.

STEP FOUR

Here's how to...punt kick.

Follow your kicking foot through after making contact with the ball.

Extend your opposite arm if you need to regain your balance.



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