Boot Recommendations for Fly-Halves (First Fives)
The men who control the game, who conduct the way the team plays and direct the traffic around them. The fly-half is the player who makes the decisions when his team has the ball; the player who calls the shots and determines whether a conservative approach is called for, or whether it's time for all-out attack!
Regardless of whether a Fly-Half takes the shots at goal (in most sides this will be the case) they are always required to kick out of hand. Whether producing clearing kicks from their own 22, strategic kicks to earn terriroty, or attacking kicks to create scoring opportunities, a Fly-Half's boots must fit perfectly, have a large surface area, offer plenty of traction and possess attributes which enhance their ability to create power and accuracy when putting boot to ball.
Here are some of the best boots on the market currently for Fly-Halfs -
adidas Predator Incurza – Feedback from the likes of Dan Carter led to the development of the Predator Incurza, a boot featuring numerous technological advancements. Designed with kickers in mind both the 'precision zone' and the 'sweet spot' enhance the ability to generate power and accuracy when putting boot to ball, while the superior fit makes them one of the most popular boots on the market.
Nike Tiempo Legend – With Nike's unique All Conditions Controll built-in the Tiempo is a high-performance boot which delivers regardless of the weather or ground conditions. A moulded inner with increased heel support enhances stability and comfort, while a mix of moulded studs and blades creates grip and disperses pressure, lessening the stress on the lower limbs.
Puma evoPOWER – Puma's latest offering in their iconic range of evoPOWER boots comes in a range of bold colourways and exhibits attention to detail and excellence in execution at every turn. The AdapLite upper and the GripTex technology make this an ideal boot in any conditions, with kickers benefitting from the AccuFoam across the instep, and traction being assured by the innovative positioning of the moulded studs.
Nike Hypervenom – Nike's Hypervenom is a football boot which can be converted into a rugby cleat. The boot replaced the T90 football boot range in mid 2013 and it is aimed at providing powerful striking of the ball. The split-toe sole system ensures less slipping while the NIKESKIN upper ensures a snug and flexiblie fit and feel. The Hypervenom gives fly halves another option when it comes to boots for kicking.
The number 10 is the pivotal position in the team. The fly half is a key decision maker, as he will often decide the direction (left or right) and the width (close or wide) of the next play, or the depth of the kick (short or long). He could also decide to run the ball and make a break. He will make his decisions based on the strengths of his team, good forwards or back, or sometimes both. He must have almost a telepathic understanding with his scrum half and trust his centre to support his plays.
Boots for number 10′s or fly half’s
In attack the fly half should decide how flat he can take the ball (close to the gain line) in order to threaten the defence. He may attempt to break or retain possession on contact. He is also responsible for bringing his centres, wings and forwards into play with a variety of passes or kicks. The 10 can work as a pivot taking the ball stationary and moving on to runners. he should also work to have the ability to change pace, with quick acceleration and sidesteps.
In defence he plays a full role as a tackler and he will help to co-ordinate back line defence from set pieces. He should work hard to ensure his line goes up at the pace of the slowest player cutting down the options for the attackers.