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The 'Up and Under' kick

This is a great move to keep your opponent under pressure and forcing him on to the back foot! It involves placing a strategic kick in behind his defense and charging after it with some fast paced players! This tactic works best when the opposition has been softened up with a few good rucks and his defense is stretched! Check out the example below...

The Aussies suck in the Boks with a good ruck and position some speed on the wing. In this example they pick out the winger for the up & under as his Ball Skills will make it very difficult to get hold of the ball. The Aussie No.10 Kicks the ball in behind the winger.

The speedsters set off after the ball and position them selves so as to block the boks No.4 & No.13 from getting to it! This leaves the job of Gathering up to the winger - and we all know how good he is under pressure!!! If the winger gathers from any of the spaces marked with a X, then he is going to get tackled which leaves him with the 2 spaces against the touch line. This effectively pushes him wide and leaves a nice hole in the defence that the opposition will need to plug. If he fails that pick up you've got tons of room to move!!! And if by some chance he does gather, his team mates would have been stretched to fill the defensive gap that a counter is out of the question!

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