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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

Cipriani is a long legged fly half by David Clarke
November 24, 2008, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching | Tags: , ,

High profile players inevitably draw the most attention. Danny Cipriani, the England fly half, is certainly one. He has had three charged down kicks leading to tries in his six internationals.

Longer legs than Johnny!

Not a great strike rate. But his problem is common to fly halves who are long legged. He needs to adjust his kicking style to accommodate the longer levers when clearing the ball.

In normal circumstances, he will receive the ball in time to strike it with no pressure. However when he receives a poor pass with a defender bearing down on him, he should consider the following:

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.

And use my kicking practice from the Coaching Rugby manual, a video of which is out on Friday!

Should we encourage try celebrations? by David Clarke

I am pondering on whether I am a grumpy old rugby coach when I tell off my players for celebrating their tries with whoops and high fives.

Of course, now I remember, I used to do it myself when I scored tries once upon a time . No one told me off then , though I did get a bit of stick and a few funny looks.

My view is that the scores against the opposition should be “celebrated” with respect. Show you are happy, but don’t wind them up too much.

On the other hand if you have been in the papers during the week then you might want to prove a point. I wonder if Shaun Edwards said anything to Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey after this celebration?

Fighting in training – it happens by David Clarke
October 10, 2008, 9:55 am
Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Team Management | Tags: , , , ,

Anyone who has played senior rugby will know that sometimes, in a high pressure training session, you are going to have a spat.

The latest headline for Danny Cipriani (or “Kelly Brook’s hunk” as some papers put it) is no different an occurence as one would find on any given week in club training. You don’t have to love your team mates and sometimes tempers will fray and in a physical game, some pushing and shoving will take place.

Where do you stand as a coach when this happens? Don’t condone it of course, or even encourage it. It is the product of a high pressure environment. You need to push your players into these types of situations and see how they react.

It is how you handle it afterwards that counts. Reconciliation and communication are required. And then move on.