European Rugby can really bring out the best in some teams, and last weekend Toulon, Bath and Saracens all delivered some outstanding rugby. To be honest we could have looked at any number of brilliant tries. However we're going to have a little look at Saracens 1st try by Chris Wyles and Saracens break the Munster defence down using their attacking structures.
Saracens are often labelled a boring team that don't play attacking Rugby and while they are certainly a pragmatic side, they have a very strong attacking structure that when executed well causes some real issue for opposition defences.
With the game finely balance Munster out half Keatley dropped a huge clanger by kicking the ball dead in open play allowing Saracens an attacking scrum on the Munster 10m line.
Mistakes happen, but this proved particularly costly. Munster had just weathered 20 minutes of sustained pressure by the men in black and conceded only 3 points. It was a good position to be in, Saracens had thrown a lot at them but the Munster defence had stood up, and despite having been unable to play their way out of their half they must have been confident of kicking on and working some pressure on Saracens when Keately kicked the ball dead.
Saracens needed no second asking and launched a sequence of phase play that four recycles later saw the Munster defence decimated and Wyles dotting down behind the line.
It's a good try and shows how a good simple attack structure, coupled with intelligent decision making can easily break down the most physical of defences.
There are a few interesting things to watch out for in the sequence, pay particular attention to Goode stepping in at 1st receiver, also watch how Farrell, Billy Vunipola, Goode and Farrell all quickly reload in a fashion that allows them to exploit the mismatch their attack has delivered.
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