Anatomy of a Try – Ben Smith New Zealand vs England June2014

It's been a couple of weeks since our last Anatomy of a Try, or Video, but we touched on this try in our article focusing on the second test. It's an absolute gem and a lot happens in the sequence so I wanted to come back and break it down in a bit of detail.

England had a great start to this test match but you're never going to sit on a  lead against the All Blacks, so it can't have been much of a surprise that within minutes of the restart Ben Smith was dotting down under the posts.

There are a few things that are interesting in this clip, the approach work by England that leads to the Turnover is worth looking at as it highlights the real difference between these two sides.

We go into some detail in the video, but key points to look out for from New Zealand in the opening clip:

  • Try scored in under 5 phases (two to be exact)
  • accurate execution of the overlap
  • their support running

It changed the game, and signaled the start of a New Zealand onslaught that England never quite recovered from.



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