The up and under is a valuabe kick in rugby. Mainly for medium to long kicks to gain ground. You aim for height so you and/or your players can be there when it lands.
A kick is easier if you know your rugby handling and knowing your rugby kicking basics will help.
You use this kick mostly to get out of difficult defensive positions where you are somewhat isolated.Example: you have caught a high ball outside the 22 metre line, have few or no options to pass and are faced by a number opposition players chasing the ball.
You use it less frequently in attacking situations and usually when other options are reduced or non-existent.
Using this kick provides you with the potential to make ground rapidly and put the defense under pressure.
You kick the ball to a great height and when it descends from the clouds it`s difficult for defenders to catch.
This is especially true when you and your team mates are racing in to tackle!
You may also create chaos if the ball bounces, shooting off unpredictably and possibly being mishandled by players.
You may notice some similarities between this kick and the spiral punt.
Knowing one means you know a lot about the other.
Up and under, start
Hold the ball in both hands...
Swing it up to shoulder height then remove your lifting hand from under the ball.
Now you have the ball at arms length perfectly positioned for the kick.
As you step forward to kick, the ball hangs there under your out-stretched fingers and thumb moulded to the shape of the ball.
Gently remove your hand as the ball starts to drift down towards your foot which is coming through to kick.
This guides the ball down towards your foot maintaining the correct positioning of the ball.
Up and under, finish
As you are positioning the ball you are also stepping into the kick.
You bring your leg through. At the same time the ball arrives at foot height and WALLOP!
You strike the ball with the bony part high on your foot, the part covered by the upper part of your laces.
Avoid pointing your toes. keep your toes pulled back.
Up and under close-up
In the follow through ending to the kick, have a near 90 degree angle at your ankle, toes pulled back towards you.
Doing this encourages the ball to go high rather than long
Kick in a straight line towards your intended target.
Remember to follow through for best accuracy and maximum height.
The height / length of the kick will vary
Practice kicking along straight lines on the field.
This gives you plenty of feedback about whether or not you are accurate and just how far you are kicking.
Go for accuracy first. Putting the ball consistently where you want it is most important.
Distance and height will build.
The box kick is used mainly by the scrum half.
You use it infrequently, but you want a complete set of kicks, don`t you? If you`re a winger, tell your scrum half about this one!
You use it more often after a scrum, sometimes after a lineout.
Sometimes used by design, sometimes simply to get out of trouble.
The idea is you kick the ball high (but not very high) into a particular area of opposition territory that is...
The area is sparsely defended and if the opposition is not paying attention they can be vulnerable.
Many players will be offside when the kick is made.They must not advance or take part in play until put onside.
If they are within 10 metres of where the ball is going to land, they must run back towards their own goal-line until far enough away.
The player most likely to take advantage of this kick having been made, is the winger closest to you, the kicker.
They would usually be in an onside position (behind the kicker), in a position to see what is happening and fast enough to take advantage of the situation.
You give the ball height to give chasers enough time to get to the ball with a chance to retrieve it or tackle anyone who catches it.
There are only small differences between the two kicks. The main difference is that you don`t give the box kick as much height.
You`re attacking rather than trying to get out of trouble. It`s a surprise. You want just enough time for your player to get there and as little time as possible for defenders to respond.
For the box kick you may be under pressure, being forced sideways or even backwards by approaching defenders or misplaced ball from the forwards
If this is the case you must simply adjust the direction of the kick to take your position into account.
If you are facing sideways, you have to direct your kick sideways so you make it travel in the right direction - forwards, towards their goal-line.
Same goes for facing backwards. You simply make sure you strike the ball when your foot is very high in the air.
You can reduce the height you have to lift your leg by leaning backwards as you kick. This will take the ball back over your head, into the box.
Finding out about all the different kicks will help you understand the game and help you master the positions that are best for you.
Know how you do them or know when to expect them so you will be ready.