The rugby chip kick is valuable. Used for short kicks over defenders
into space behind them. You or other chasers run after the ball and
When, where and why you use the chip kick
This kick is used both as a good attacking ploy and a means of
"keeping the defence honest", making them do their job properly.
Often the defensive line rushes up, trying to restrict your time and space.
To reduce your options, to force errors.
You are in a situation where you are faced by defenders
who are fairly close to you and have left unguarded ground behind them.
The chip is like a mini up and under. You use it infrequently
as a surprise attacking ploy.
You chip the ball over their heads and either you or other attackers running
from behind you (in relation to your goal-line)
run past the defenders and re-gain possession.
Used like this, you call it a "chip and chase".
The defenders are not allowed to tackle because none of the attackers
is carrying the ball.
The attackers sprint past the defenders who are at a disadvantage because
they have to turn and chase the ball and the attackers.
When defenders race up you use this kick to remind them that not only must
they tackle you, they must also defend the whole of their territory
or you will make use of it!
How to do a chip kick
You could say this is a mini up and under.
The only real difference is that the chip is a much gentler kick.
For the up and under you put in maximum power to get the ball as high as possible
and as far as required.
For the chip kick you put in minimal power. Just enough to lift the ball
over the defenders and far enough drop into the space behind them.
Chip kick, start
Chip kick, finish
Hold the ball...
in both hands
a hand above, one below
level with the ground
across your body
out a bit, waist height
Gently drop the ball onto your foot as you run.
You bring your leg through. At the same time the ball arrives
at foot height, Ding! you kick it.
Straight legged, toes pulled back, forming a little u-shaped cup at your ankle.
You strike the ball in that little cup.
The ball rises very steeply from your boot making it difficult for defenders
to charge down or interfere with the flight of the ball.
This kick is usually done while moving and so the follow through
is no more than just keep moving as you were before the kick.
Use the rugby posts to practice your chip
Chip kick practice
Practice chipping over the crossbar of the posts.
Gently trot towards them and chip from close in.
Do it from say 10 metres out to start and gradually work closer
as you become more skillful.
Make the ball rise rapidly and have a target, fairly close (10 metres)
on the other side of the posts.
Doing this means you can tell exactly how much you are improving.
In extreme situations (defenders very close) turn slightly sideways or
even slightly back to get the kick away.
You aim to arrive before the ball lands and take it
on the full, at speed, giving the defenders you have passed little chance of
Kicking the ball as described may help you if you fail to get to the ball before
it lands. Because of the way you have placed the ball for kicking, the ball
may well bounce kindly for you - as it does sometimes for me.
You make your own luck!
Here`s lucky Shane Williams on YouTube...
Sorry it`s gone. It says their account was terminated for multiple copyright
Look for me doing a chip at the end of the video on the home page.
good rugby handling skills required for kick and the regather
knowing the basics of kicking will help master this kick
place the ball accurately for your foot to strike well
ball straight across your foot
leg straight, toes pulled up
regather ball, use sidesteps, beat remaining defenders
You`ll be a better player when you can do it with either foot.
When you are competant with this one, move on to the other kicks. Aim
to master them over time.