The Anatomy of a Try: Sean Maitland vs Bath November 2019
Nov30

The Anatomy of a Try: Sean Maitland vs Bath November 2019

If I had to define what makes Saracens so good as a team it would be two words “Work Rate”. Saracens love a challenge. Which is why when you see the returning raft of internationals for the visit to Bath you know their current Premiership position is something they are out to fix. But regardless of the issues behind Saracens Squad depth, buying players is only part of it. How you put team together is important. 15 guys on the pitch...

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The Anatomy of a Try: Jonny May vs Australia October 2019 Pt 2
Oct21

The Anatomy of a Try: Jonny May vs Australia October 2019 Pt 2

Much of the talk before this England Australia game was around the midfield, England opting for a starting 10-12-13 of Farrell, Tuilagi and Slade. Australia opting for Lealiifano, Kerevi and Petaia.Part of Englands decision was to nullify Kerevi (and Petaia) but there was never much in the way of deception around how England would in turn play, it was about going forward both in attack and defence, brute forcing the Australians.Of the...

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Anatomy of A Try: Jonny May vs Australia October 2019
Oct20

Anatomy of A Try: Jonny May vs Australia October 2019

As Australia found out knock out Rugby is a cruel mistress. You can have all the ball, try to play all the rugby. But if you aren’t accurate, don’t put the points on the board when they are on offer. Well, then you simply aren’t giving yourself much of a chance, are you? Knock out Rugby changes peoples mentality. The temptation is to play 100mph for 80 minutes with the intention of blowing your opponents out of the water. But the...

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The Anatomy of a Try: Marika Koroibete – Australia vs Fiji
Sep21

The Anatomy of a Try: Marika Koroibete – Australia vs Fiji

This years World Cup has got off to a scintillating start.  Argentina and France battered each other for 80 minutes, scoring a bunch of brilliant tries along the way.  Russia were certainly no push over for a strong Japanese side in the opening game and Fiji nearly caused the upset of the tournament by running Australia closer than the score suggests (yes, I know there’d only been one game at the time but even so). Fitness was...

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England XV vs The Barbarians: June 2nd 2019
Jun07

England XV vs The Barbarians: June 2nd 2019

For all intents and purposes the game should’ve been an absolute mess. A star studded, underprepared, over imbibed Barbarians side played and slightly less well known, equally underprepared and less inebriated England Saxons side (England XV just doesn’t sound right). I learnt long ago not to get excited about these fixtures, either the international side is way too strong for the Barbarians, or so weak they get walloped....

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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...

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