Jack Willis vs Ben Curry – Ruck Analysis
Apr13

Jack Willis vs Ben Curry – Ruck Analysis

The clamour for England to have a “true” openside has escalated over the course of this 6N but for the most part (as we'll demonstrate), the larger issue for England was the lack of a true flanker at 6. Courtney Lawes could be very effective for the right side at 6 but he simply doesn’t fit within the balance of England’s current pack. To cut to the chase England need a scrapper at the breakdown. Not necessarily someone who wins...

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England Ruck Analysis vs France
Mar12

England Ruck Analysis vs France

With England's struggles at the breakdown the current focus for discussion, I decided to undertake an analysis of their rucks during the England vs France Six Nations Match. I decided to base my analysis on the Ruck scoring method originally designed by the brilliant Demented Mole blog, linked here: https://dementedmole.com/2013/10/30/ruck-marks/ I mean why re-invent the wheel? In an attempt to get away from the almost meaningless...

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Wasps vs Harlequins – Final 20 Analysis
Jan19

Wasps vs Harlequins – Final 20 Analysis

Good game management is huge in Rugby Union. Ask people what game management is and you’ll likely be pointed in the direction of a kicking fly-half or halfbacks. Of course, kicking from 10 is part of it, but collectively it’s about the direction the team moves in at any given time, the approach they take to that period of play and how accurately they execute it. It can halt a team in its tracks, stealing their momentum. It’s a way for...

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The Anatomy of a Try – Elliot Daly vs Leicester December 2017
Dec06

The Anatomy of a Try – Elliot Daly vs Leicester December 2017

I'm going to be honest here, I'm a bit of Wasps fan. I've supported them since way back in the early 90's, when the club was based at Sudbury and you could stand anywhere in the ground you liked, just as long as you could squeeze in. It was the days of players like Rob Andrew, Steve Bates and Dean Ryan were all front and center. Rugby and Wasps have come a long way since the and been through some rough times and a few...

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Anatomy of a Try – Reiko Ioane vs Wales November 2017
Nov27

Anatomy of a Try – Reiko Ioane vs Wales November 2017

A good attacking play is about using space when it's presented to you. That space can be created that in a multitude of ways by building phases and momentum, counter-attacking or a 1st phase set play (or a strike move). With the complexity of modern defensive systems you'd be forgiven for thinking that you need more and more complex moves to break them down, but in reality, you just need to execute simple things well and this...

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