Kicking - Using the box kick Posted over 4 years ago

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Kicking – Using the box kick

The box kick has increased in popularity as an attacking weapon in recent years. One of the better exponents of it is Irelands Conor Murray. What sets Murray apart is his consistency. In the images below we can see how he has cleared his line with the ball landing in the 5m tram lines just over halfway. By having both these kicks so close to the sideline it gives the counter attack only one way to go. Since Ireland really back their chase line to stay connected they have not only cleared their line but applied pressure on the opposition. Also note this consistency applies to both sides of the field.

In the close images here we can see how Murray has consistency with the ball drop with both hands coming off the ball at the same time. He then finishes with his lead shoulder to the target area. He does this from both sides of the park and under pressure. Impressive stuff!

Setting a Trap

In these images below I have highlighted how the use of the box kick has layed a trap for Scotland. Firstly with the blind wing up in the line and the fullback deep, Murray has put up a contestable box kick, again targeting the 5m tram line just over halfway. Ireland get success from this kick. Around 7 minutes later from a similar part of the field and the Scottish winger is perhaps holding back in anticipation. The trap is triggered and Murray passes to his winger on the touchline who has open spaces to run into.

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Following age-grade representative rugby, Dave became a passionate Coach specialising in skills. As Director of Ellis Rugby, he is a consultant coach with over 28 years in player skill development and a strong background in coach education. Dave is internationally recognised for the creation of a unique coloured coaching system and aids designed to enhance progressive skill development.

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