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Reducing the number of charge downs by David Clarke

Danny Cipriani continues to make the headlines. Now kicking coaches have questioning his style of kicking because it has led to too many charge downs.

Our article back in November highlighted the key points he should consider:

1. Half a stride steps to kick rather than normal steps.

2. Kick at an angle and not straight downfield.

3. Drop the ball from a lower height.

4. Run sideways to step into the kick and not run upfield.

He, plus his colleagues at Wasps, are doing extra work on it this week.

Here is what the papers said:

Cipriani’s punt leaves Edwards in a spiral
Independent, UK – 8 hours ago
By David Llewellyn Danny Cipriani may be closer to agreeing a deal to stay on at Wasps, but if he continues to present opponents with soft tries by having
Danny Cipriani can learn from NFL in bid to kick costly habit
Times Online, UK – 10 hours ago
American football Danny Cipriani’s propensity for being charged down, giving tries to opponents, could be rectified by learning from American football.
Cipriani’s kicking crisis, United Kingdom – 11 hours ago
Wasps coaches set up special training to work on fly-half’s ‘nightmare’ over charge- downs. By Mick Cleary Danny Cipriani is to undergo a special training
Cipriani kicking problem targeted
BBC Sport, UK – 13 hours ago
England kicking coach Jon Callard says he can help Danny Cipriani eradicate the charge-downs which are increasingly blighting the fly-half’s game.
Cipriani’s kicking called into question by worried Wasps coach Edwards, UK – 15 hours ago
Cipriani attempts a kick under pressure from Gonzalo Tiesi of Harlequins at the weekend. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images Further pressure was heaped

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