Dubai Sevens 2017: How the Blitz Bokke won the final – Part Two
Nov27

Dubai Sevens 2017: How the Blitz Bokke won the final – Part Two

In part one of our look at the 2017 Dubai Sevens final we looked at the opening three tries from South Africa’s win vs New Zealand. Today we’ll look at what South Africa did when New Zealand have the ball. Speak to anyone in sevens and ask them to describe the Blitz Bokkes and I assure you defence will feature prominently. It would be too simplistic to say their game is built entirely on defence but they conceded only 8 tries in the...

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Dubai Sevens 2017: How the Blitz Bokke won the final – Part One
Nov19

Dubai Sevens 2017: How the Blitz Bokke won the final – Part One

The opening round of the HSBC World Series, the Emirates Dubai Sevens is one of the Jewels in the World Series Crown. There are very few occasions you'll see social Rugby played alongside the Elite level of the game. It has a unique flavour that no other tournament around the world manages to emulate.  In last years main event South Africa's Blitz Bokkes took the Dubai Sevens Cup home after a bruising 24-12 win over New...

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Anatomy of a Try –  Nathan Earle vs Gloucester September 2018
Oct04

Anatomy of a Try – Nathan Earle vs Gloucester September 2018

Transition! It's a word often used in Rugby. You’ll often hear coaches talking about transitioning, nomrally that's from defence to attack, or attack to defence. It’s essentially how a team move from getting the ball into their attack patterns or from losing the ball into a good solid defensive system. Of course the proverbial masters at it are New Zealand but this try from Harlequins Nathan Earle is a wonderful example of...

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The Cipriani Sideshow
Sep13

The Cipriani Sideshow

Few players in the English game are as high profile as Danny Cipriani. Luckily he’s been able to put the embarrassment of the summer behind him and in his first games for his new club delivered two scintillating pieces of skill resulting in tries for Matt Banahan and Charlie Sharples. Two reactive left to right passes under the pressure of the defence, one of them over 20m? No two ways about it, they were both sublime pieces of skill...

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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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