Hoggy hoggy hoggy!
I literally can’t wait to see Stuart Hogg turn out for Exeter Chiefs.
Hogg is an equally dangerous runner as he is a kicker which can transform a backline.
When Chiefs have the ball deep, they will be able to move it to a wide channel where Hogg can kick or run. This is difficult for teams to defend because they need to have players back covering the kick from 9 or 10 which creates space to run!
For many teams this is high risk but if Hogg gets into trouble or if the space is closed he can kick on the run and ensure he can relieve pressure. This could be just what Chiefs need to get to the next level in Europe especially.
Broadly speaking it is unusual for the ‘best runners’ to also be the ‘best kickers’.
When Jason Robinson came to rugby union everyone saw that his running was unbelievable. The challenge was to get his kicking to international standard in a relatively short length of time. Dave got to work and with Jason’s exemplary attitude they managed to do it.
At School of Kicking one the challenges we love is to help ‘great runners’ become ‘great kickers’. We really believe good runners can become fantastic kickers too.
It does take hard work and commitment and this can be tough especially true if you feel like a natural runner but not a natural kicker. We feel at School of Kicking with our approach there is no reason why individuals and teams can’t have more players like Hogg and reap the benefits together.
Our forthcoming free guide will be a great place to start. Keep your eyes peeled on the website.