Sevens Uncovered: The battle of the boot

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 5 February 2014
 
 Sevens Uncovered: The battle of the boot
Cecil Afrika is one of the best kickers on the current Series

In the fifth of our 'Sevens Uncovered' series of the season, we take a look at the importance of an often underestimated skill in the game of Sevens - kicking.

Rugby Sevens is of course best known for speed and skill, but whether it is out of hand, at the posts or from the restart, the battle of the boot has never been more crucial. 

Talking with the likes of Tomasi Cama, Nathan Hirayama and Rhys Jones, as well as coaches Mick O'Connor, Gordon Tietjens and one of the best in the business Santiago Gomez Cora, we hear about the restart, the conversion and precision kicks which can all be the difference between winning and losing a game of Sevens.

Rhys Jones: "The kick off in Sevens is a massive part of the game. In Sevens you want as much of the ball as possible, and it is a way of getting the ball back and keeping it away from the opposition. Our aim is to get the ball up as high as we can to give our chasers as much time as possible to get underneath it and put the opposition under pressure to make that mistake."

Tomasi Cama: "It is very important, it can be the difference between winning and losing. I try to relax and focus on my routine, I need to bounce the ball, set my target and try to control the ball on the way down on the drop and follow through with my kick. 

Nathan Hirayama: "For my role it is a big thing and something we work on. It has often won or lost us matches, and it is something we practise as a team. It is about the wingers and about them making that call for me to make that kick. If you're looking for pinpoint accuracy the end over end is the way to go and if it works out you look pretty sweet."

Wellington, New Zealand

Round 4
6-7 February 2015
Venue: Westpac Stadium
City: Wellington
Capacity: 36,000

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
ENG39
RSA37
WAL35
POR33
Pool B
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FIJ39
NZL37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
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CAN39
ARG37
SCO34
USA34
Pool D
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AUS39
SAM37
KEN35
TON33
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Photos
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  • Sherwin Stowers
  • NZ Sevens - Gillies Kaka