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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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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Wasps vs Harlequins – Final 20 Analysis
Jan19

Wasps vs Harlequins – Final 20 Analysis

Good game management is huge in Rugby Union. Ask people what game management is and you’ll likely be pointed in the direction of a kicking fly-half or halfbacks. Of course, kicking from 10 is part of it, but collectively it’s about the direction the team moves in at any given time, the approach they take to that period of play and how accurately they execute it. It can halt a team in its tracks, stealing their...

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