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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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...

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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...

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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....

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