Anatomy of a Try: O’Brien vs Connacht May 2024
Jun01

Anatomy of a Try: O’Brien vs Connacht May 2024

Leinster spanked Connacht 33-7 in the penultimate round of the URC and pick of the scores was this O’Brien finish after great work from Foley, Frawley and Pendergast. It’s always enjoyable seeing a good quality strike move come off. However, whilst a clean kill is always satisfying the notable thing here is the excellence of the execution and how, when one player makes a mistake Leinster are able to adapt and maintain their...

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Anatomy of a Try – Reiko Ioane vs Wales November 2017
Nov27

Anatomy of a Try – Reiko Ioane vs Wales November 2017

A good attacking play is about using space when it's presented to you. That space can be created that in a multitude of ways by building phases and momentum, counter-attacking or a 1st phase set play (or a strike move). With the complexity of modern defensive systems you'd be forgiven for thinking that you need more and more complex moves to break them down, but in reality, you just need to execute simple things well and this...

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The Anatomy of a (No)Try – Marika Koroibete
Nov24

The Anatomy of a (No)Try – Marika Koroibete

As a coach, there are lots of things to worry about but all fall into the single category of things you can control. The ref’s and their decisions aren’t one of them so post-game analysis has to focus on two things "what did we do well and what can we have done differently"? Koroibetes no try against England, while a highly debated and controversial decision, is in fact a fantastic example of where analysis can...

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Anatomy of a Try – Jacob Stockdale
Oct14

Anatomy of a Try – Jacob Stockdale

After a good 2016/17, this season has proven to be a difficult one for Wasps. A series of injuries has seen them lose a large chunk of the squad and having topped the table last year they now sit 3rd from bottom in the Aviva Premiership. In Contrast a lacklustre 2016/17 for Ulster has seen them kick on and currently they top their pool of the Pro14. Contrasting seasons then and on a wet night at the Kingspan, the major...

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England – Strike Move Analysis
Nov27

England – Strike Move Analysis

The pressures of winning test matches, along with the set piece fiasco of late, have led to a decrease in 1st phase strike moves. Most test sides, at least in the northern hemisphere, have started taking the safer option of creating space through phase play, more often than not crashing up a runner first to set a platform they can build from. However with England, much as he did with Japan, Eddie Jones has started...

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