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Highlanders Tactics

Where the Highlanders Couldn’t Beat the Blues | Highlanders Tactics

The Highlanders had the unwelcome honour of being the first New Zealand casualty of the Blues since 2016. The Highlanders tactics were solid for the most part, but there was one area where they handed the Blues the ascendency...
Chiefs v Hurricanes

The Chiefs Incredible One-Week Transformation | Chiefs v Hurricanes

Last week we summarised the Chiefs major problems in the article how NOT to beat a rush defence. They were kicking the ball away needlessly against the Crusaders and refusing to change their ways. During the Chiefs v Hurricanes...
Hurricanes Tactics

What To Expect From The New Hurricanes Tactics

With Super Rugby 2019 in full swing, it's important to understand what your team (and their opponents) are trying to achieve on the field. The Hurricanes tactics are a little different from their kiwi opposition, and the skills of...
England v Scotland tactics

The Truth Behind Scotland’s Comeback | England v Scotland Tactics

Scotland's comeback to retain the Calcutta Cup was a great moment of Rugby history, and it was no accident. The Scots used a combination of clever tactics and phenomenal individual skills to stay in the contest and claw back...
England v Scotland

England’s First-Half Tactical Masterclass | England v Scotland

Before we begin, I must ask you to suspend reality for a few minutes and forget what happened in the second half of England v Scotland. We will talk about Scotland's comeback separately, but this article is all about...
Wales v Ireland

Why Ireland Failed To Fire Against Wales | Wales v Ireland

Joe Schmidt is known to accept nothing less than perfection on the pitch. It came as a surprise then when Wales completely bossed his side around the park, and the final whistle blew without Ireland really firing a shot....
Grand Slam

These 3 Classic Tactics Just Won Wales A Grand Slam

Wales' victory over Ireland to win a Grand Slam was a testament to sheer determination and the will to win. A look at their tactics reveals a return to an old brand of Rugby that Ireland's computer code-like systems...
Ireland v France

Can Ireland’s Lineout Steal The 6 Nations? | Ireland v France

Ireland love building moves and structures around lineouts. They provide the perfect foundation for the computer-like chess moves that Joe Schmidt like to coach. And during Ireland v France, both the good and bad aspects of the Irish lineouts...

Gatland’s Two Forms of Welsh Defence | Scotland v Wales Analysis

We have discussed how Wales used two forms of attack to beat Scotland, and now it's time to look at their two forms of defence. The following clips provide an interesting glimpse into how an international side varies their...
Scotland v Wales

Wales’ Two Attack Structures That Beat Scotland | Scotland v Wales

With a chance of a Grand Slam on the horizon, Warren Gatland has shown his hand on both attack and defence during Scotland v Wales at Murrayfield. In both areas, Wales flow seamlessly between two separate structures. This paved...

The New England Way Part 2: The Kicking Attack

Power, pace and precision. When looking at England's new attacking ethos, we must look at what England now have, that they didn't in the past two years. The kicking attack... It does not take a rugby savant, to realise that...
Highlanders Defence

Can THIS Highlanders Defence Win a Super Rugby Title?

In this year's 6 Nations, we have noticed a trend of building a gameplan around defence. England used this style of play to beat Ireland, backing their rush defence to do the business around the park. The Highlanders defence...
Super Rugby 2019

How NOT to Beat a Rush Defence in Super Rugby 2019

Rush defences are becoming the new hot tactic in World Rugby, and teams are being forced to adapt on attack. Only one Kiwi side couldn't figure it out in round 4 of Super Rugby 2019. Here we will investigate...
Crusaders Attack. Three lines.

Why the Crusaders Attack Won’t Be Stopped In 2019

The Crusaders undefeated streak is growing round by round, and complacency is nowhere to be found. In fact, their attack is still levelling up with each game. Here we will look at the structures behind the Crusaders Attack, and...
Chiefs v Sunwolves

The Chiefs v Sunwolves Tactics That Helped Make History

The Sunwolves made history in Round 3 of Super Rugby 2019, picking up the first away win in their history. We will uncover the tactics of the Chiefs v Sunwolves clash that made this upset possible. And show that...
Super Rugby Teams

The Surprising Weakness Super Rugby Teams Are Targeting In 2019

When we think of beautiful Rugby attack, a sweeping backline move with a winger scoring in the corner may spring to mind. But there is a surprising weakness in Super Rugby teams this season that we think teams are...
Wales v England 2019

Warren Gatland’s Unexpected 6 Nations Attack | Wales v England 2019

As we built up to the first Wales v England 2019 fixture, it was difficult to see any chink in England's defensive armour. The fearsome white defensive wall were fast, armed with chop-tackles, and fought for every millimetre of...
Wales v England Tactics

Gatland’s Genius 6 Nations Backfield Defence | Wales v England Tactics

Warren Gatland came into this game knowing he needed to prevent England from kicking his side to defeat. To do this, he came up with some genius ways to stack the backfield and unsettle the English kickers and chasers....
Wales v England

Liam Williams Killed England’s 6 Nations Kicking Game | Wales v England

Liam Williams put in a man of the match performance during Wales v England as he consistently shut down one of the world's most dangerous kicking games. England had manipulated Ireland and France into submission with kicks, but the...
Crusaders v Hurricanes 2019

Crusaders v Hurricanes 2019 | How The Hurricanes Can Recover

The first Crusaders v Hurricanes 2019 showdown was hotly anticipated. But after watching the Crusaders run up a first-half 31-0 scoreline, Hurricanes fans may have started to think their side was a lost cause this season. After a stronger...
Crusaders v Hurricanes Tactics

Crusaders v Hurricanes Tactics | The Crusaders Are Evolving In 2019

The Crusader's skills were so good in the first half against the Hurricanes, they may have sucked the attention away from the new tactics Scott Robertson and co. were quietly putting in motion. These tactics came in the form...
Crusaders v Hurricanes

Crusaders v Hurricanes | The Epic Skills From The Crusaders Win

The Crusaders v Hurricanes fixtures are usually tense and competitive affairs. But in this one, the Crusaders won the first half 31-0 in one the most complete performances of the competition so far. Sure, the Canes were down a...
Super Rugby Explained

Super Rugby Explained | How The Bulls Used Springboks Tactics To Win

We have already covered the brilliant tries from Rosco Specman in Round 1 of Super Rugby, and now it's now time to get into the truth behind why the Bulls dominated the Stormers around the park. In this article, we...
Super Rugby Analysis

Super Rugby Analysis | Can The Stormers Recover From Bulls Loss?

The Stormers were handed a heavy 40-3 thrashing at the hands of the Bulls in Round 1 of Super Rugby 2019. Their errors were visible across the park, and the Bulls were happy to inflict as much damage as...
Super Rugby 2019

Super Rugby 2019 | How The Bulls Built Two Brilliant Specman Tries

A big talking point after the opening round of Super Rugby 2019 is the incredible tries from Rosco Specman, a 7's star turned Super Rugby winger. The underlying point though is the great form of the Bulls in Round...
Super Rugby Skills

Super Rugby Skills | The New Skills From The Kiwi Sides In Round 1

In our previous article on the Kiwi teams' scrum domination tactics, we finished on a brilliant pass from Ryan Crotty to send Ennor through a non-existent gap. In this article, we will continue on that theme and analyse some...
Super Rugby Tactics

Super Rugby Tactics | How The New Zealand Teams Will Win Territory

The Super Rugby tactics from Round 1 have given us a few hints at what the Kiwi teams are up to when playing for territory. Here we will look at the smarter kicking being used, as well as a...
Super Rugby Round 1

Super Rugby Round 1 | The Kiwi Teams’ Scrum Domination Tactics

There's a stereotype persisting among certain commentators that scrums in Super Rugby are an afterthought. If you watch the highlight reel from Super Rugby Round 1, it's easy to see why people think it's a place where skill and...
Italy v Wales tactics

Italy v Wales Tactics | Can Wales Keep Their Unbeaten Streak Alive?

Wales have had an ace start to the 6 Nations in terms of results, beating France and then going back to back to dispatch Italy. They will now face a more daunting task as they prepare to take on the...
Scotland v Ireland Tactics

Scotland v Ireland Tactics | Joe Schmidt’s Power Plays In Depth

With Townsend and Schmidt at the helm, the Scotland v Ireland tactics were always going to be on another level. We have already broken down the moments that cost Scotland the game, and here we will go through Joe...
Italy v Wales

Italy v Wales | Italy’s Game Management Problems Explained

After Wales almost stumbled against France in their opening 6 Nations match, Italy had a slim chance of an upset here. Italy v Wales at the Stadio Olimpico should have served as a turning point for Conor O'Shea's men, as they...
Scotland v Ireland tactics

Scotland v Ireland | The Moments That Cost Scotland Victory

In this years 6 Nations, Scotland v Ireland pitted two mastermind coaches against each other. Both Joe Schmidt and Gregor Townsend understand the dark arts of elite level strike moves and generating defensive mismatches. Ireland won, and that result...
England v France tactics

England v France Tactics | Why France Failed to Expose England

France were unceremoniously demolished at Twickenham by an England side that appeared to have no weaknesses. However, the truth is France were sometimes just a few passes from finding space. Let's look at the England v France tactics and...
England v France

England v France | England’s Multi-Phase Moves Revealed

England v France should have been another tense affair, with England grinding a second win in their first home game of the 6 Nations. Instead, we witnessed a 44-8 annihilation. England's plans for beating France were constructed over multiple...
The England Way

The New England Way Part 1: Defence

"We Go Again" Since 2016, these three simple words, screamed by players and captain alike, symbolise The England Way. Hartley repeated it in the changing rooms after the Australia tour. Billy Vunipola screamed this to his players before their final first...
Scotland v Italy tactics

Scotland v Italy Tactics | Why Italy Can’t Keep Up In The 6 Nations

I don't write this article as a disrespectful criticism of Italy. But after their opening 6 Nations loss to Scotland, a wave a deja-vu must be washing over their fanbase. Every 6 Nations Italy tout improvements, but can't quite keep...
Scotland v Italy

Scotland v Italy | Scotland’s Game-Changing Innovation

While other international sides modify structures slightly to suit their purposes, Scotland is busy re-writing the book from scratch. In this Scotland v Italy 6 Nations clash, Scotland played barbarian-style rugby at times while also retaining a ruthless streak. This...
France v Wales analysis

France v Wales Analysis | Was Wales Win Luck Or Skill?

After Wales overcame a 16 point deficit to beat France, it wasn't entirely clear whether they had earned their victory or were gifted the win through French mistakes. The answer could determine whether Gatland's men can keep their win streak...
France v Wales

France v Wales | How France Blew A 16 Point Lead

With all the pressure associated with the first game of the 6 Nations, this France v Wales clash was bound to be a spectacle. France would deliver a beautiful first-half performance to build a formidable 16 point lead, then...
Six Nations Momentum Chart

Six Nations Momentum Chart

Momentum in the Six Nations can't be ignored. Here we look at graphical representations of what a Six Nations Momentum Chart looks like. Six Nations Momentum Chart The first plot (with orange and grey bars) visualises the win record for the...

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