Russell wants to improve his drop-goal skills

Date published: November 22 2016

Finn Russell has vowed to perfect his drop-goal technique after missing two attempts against Argentina last weekend.

Scotland were narrow victors with a 19-16 win, prompting Russell to work on his drop-goal skills.

His first attempt was wide and his second charged down, but the fly-half revealed it was only the third and fourth attempts at a drop-goal in his career.

Captain Greig Laidlaw made up for Russell’s blunders by slotting a penalty at the death to seal the win.

“At that stage of the game it is my job I guess to try a drop kick,” Russell said.

“These were only the third and fourth drop kicks I have hit in a game. I’ve never really gone for a drop kick that much. The first two times were in the Six Nations against England and France and they didn’t go over either.”

The drop-goal has become a bit of a lost art in the game, possibly due to the introduction of bonus points at club level adding even greater value to tries.

“It is maybe because players are thinking more about tries,” Russell said.

“For me I am generally thinking about tries. I have never been in the situation to hit a drop goal to win a match. If I was looking at a drop kick it was mainly due to us having advantage but if we have advantage I would rather play it and try to score a try rather than hit a drop kick.

“I practice them in training but it is hard to get the timing. You can get a scrum-half passing you the ball in training but you don’t have the pressure of someone coming at you. So maybe it’s worth getting a few boys chasing at me.

“I am pretty relaxed and missing that first one didn’t put me off trying a second. I will not have these misses in the back of my mind if I have to go for a late drop goal against Georgia. I am happy to go for it again.”