Best Boots for Scrum-Half and Fly-Half
If you are the 10 you are the general tactician for the team. No matter what type of fly half you are you are going to need to kick. The type of boot you need differs greatly from those in the forwards, the boots you use need to reflect your requirements on the field. Whether you prefer it or not kicking is a big part of the scrum and fly halves requirements, the design and technology around kicking has changed the design of boots over the last 20 years. The demand for that has primarily come from football but as the likes of Jonny Wilkinson have increased the popularity and demand for these boots in rugby.
Here are our top 3 choices for the fly half, scrum half and other players around the back line who consider themselves a kicking player.
1. Adidas Predator Malice
The predator has and remains the boot of choice for many of the top players, if you take your kicking seriously these are the boots to have.A boot designed for those in the team guiding the team around the field from the boot. Designed with a larger sweetspot with the asymetric lacing system you don’t get any better.
The core of these boots is based on kicking accuracy. The updated predator technology is designed to ensure more power, swerve and controlled kicking in all conditions. A 10mm raised heel helps to reduce injury and keep the player in a more aggressive starting position.
An important factor to bear in mind with these boots is that this Predator Malice is designed for rugby, not football. Before these boots were designed I’ve worn boots for football and they are ripped apart, these boots are built for the rough and tumble of rugby and you can tell that quality when you get onto the pitch.
Whilst they are pricey these boots will last the distance of a rugby season, our top-rated boots for the 10 or kicking 9.
- Predator tech in forefoot for power, swerve and control
- HybridTouch for lightweight softness
- Asymmetric lacing for increased sweet spot
- the Sprintframe for better traction and stability
- Speedtraxion for high-speed movements and acceleration
- 10mm heel raise for aggressive starting position and injury limitation
- Soft Ground (SG) for soft muddy surfaces
2. Nike Tiempo Legacy
The Nike Tiempo features some innovative technology, the unique NIKE GRIP technology helps to lock your foot in the boot whilst still being comfortable. The upper of the boot is made from kangaroo leather which provides great in boot feel and touch. Designed to help with kicking out of hand and off the tee.
These boots are actually a football boot though are popular amongst some of the rugby elite, that includes the England International Owen Farrell. These boots are a leading competitor for the Predator but for us they lack a design based around rugby which the Predator’s provide.
- Premier Kangaroo leather upper for excellent touch of the ball
- NIKE GRIP helps keep your foot secure inside the boot
- Fly Wire cable lacing system
- Hyperstability plate provides lightweight traction
- Soft Ground (SG) designed for soft muddy surfaces
Canterbury Control 2.0
Canterbury are rugby, there boots are all about rugby so you can be rest assured of one thing. These things are built for the game. These are there answer to the kicking backs needs. Designed with a close to foot fit with supportive neck and toe box to give a great feel on ball contact.
The control 2.0 has raised heel to help with stance and lower limb strains. The boots feature a stitched upper that provides a great sweet spot.
These are designed essentially for the half back’s of a team and are a good value option in comparison to the more premium Nike and Adidas offerings above.Buy Canterbury Control Boots
The scrum half is becoming a bigger part of the kicking game in the last few years, to make it at the top level a scrum halves kicking game is a must, delivery for box kicks can make or break a team. In some cases it is the basis of a teams attacking play if they are targeting particular wings or full backs with high balls. The ability to deliver the ball on box kicks into right areas, getting length and distanced can be tricky with the opposition pack within a metre of you. To increase your percentages these boots are designed to maximize the sweet spot of a boot.
Boots for the 10 or Fly Half
In attack the 10 will run the teams game plan, there are plenty of different styles to achieve that based on the individual and the requirements of the team. The 10 will decide how close to play to the gain line and how flat to carry the ball, this will depend on the style and move that is being played out. They may attempt to break the gain line themselves, pass or kick.
What can make or break a player who wants to be at Fly Half is in defence, being the closest back to a ruck, maul or scrum can mean sometimes you have to mix it up with the big lads in the forwards, especially if your back row is having a bad day.
The boots above are designed for the good and the bad moments in rugby. Imagine you could be getting terrible scrappy ball from your forwards because they are under the cosh, you are off balance with defenders flying up and you need to get as much contact with the ball as you can, and it needs to go out. Which boot would you want to be wearing?
If you can’t afford the top dog Adidas then hit the links and look at the alternatives. You can always get great deals on the Adidas and Nike ranges and go through the searches to find the type of boot that fits your needs. If you’re still not sure, then get in touch. All the lads at Gain Line Rugby are happy to help and generally chat anything rugby related. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.