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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...
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...
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...

Southern Hemisphere Rugby Digest – Week 14

Welcome to another Southern Hemisphere digest, which was dominated off the field by the All Blacks squad announcement and a high profile race-related incident in South Africa. On the field, the Waratahs convincingly beat the Highlanders to end the...
Blues vs Crusaders

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Blues vs Crusaders

Historically the Blues vs Crusaders fixture is one of the most hotly anticipated matches on the calendar. This year the two big Kiwi rivals square up in contrasting circumstances. The Crusaders are sitting pretty at the top of the standings,...

Southern Hemisphere Rugby Digest – Week 13

Welcome to another Southern Hemisphere digest, likely to be the last for a few weeks as other commitments approach. There was something for everyone this week in Super Rugby. Plenty of close contests with a mixture of free-flowing and scrappy;...
Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 13. Sunwolves

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 13

The Hurricanes and Crusaders continued their fight for pole position, the Highlanders and Chiefs picked up crucial wins, the Sharks and Bulls continued to hunt down the Lions, and the Sunwolves produced their best performance of the year. These...
Major League Rugby water breaks

Thoughts of a rugby elder. USA’s Major League Rugby crosses the line.

Some pundits are crediting the USA’s new Major League Rugby competition with the potential to revolutionise rugby not only in the USA but around the world. This time the sleeping giant WILL awaken. But if what unfolded on opening weekend...
Crusaders vs Waratahs

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Crusaders vs Waratahs

The New Zealand conference-leading Crusaders take on the Australian conference-leading Waratahs in Week 13s match of the round. The Ominous Crusade: Things are looking rosey down in Christchurch as the Crusaders look to ramp up their charge for another Super Rugby...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest

Welcome to your Super Rugby digest, covering two weeks this time, as my life was taken over by a different project last week. This edition: Los Jaguares have well and truly come of age Three kiwi teams lose to foreign opposition… none...

3 weeks in May – all on the line for Leinster

Leinster have looked like the most complete team in Europe this season, now is the time to prove it. Last season was a disappointing one for Leinster. Emerging from a few turbulent seasons they reached the semi-finals in both the...
Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 12. Ben Lam

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 12

The Hurricanes and Crusaders showed exactly why they are favourites for 2018, the Chiefs and Highlanders cracked under pressure, while the Jaguares and Sharks kept pace. These are your Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 12 1. Hurricanes The Canes hold...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Hurricanes vs Lions

The match of the round this week comes out of Wellington where the inform Hurricanes battle the Lions in a repeat of the 2016 final. The Hurricanes have won 7 on the trot and will be looking to enhance their...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 11

The Hurricanes, Crusaders and Highlanders continued on their merry way, the Lions slipped up in Brisbane and the Jaguares made it three on the trot. These are your week 11 Super Rugby Power Rankings. 1. Hurricanes The Canes remain on top after...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 11.

A sad weekend for Australia Welcome to our weekly down under digest. My apologies that there won’t be one next week as I have other commitments. This week we have tributes to two retiring legends, reveal which overseas-based Springboks are on...
Super Rugby - Round 14.

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Bulls vs Highlanders

In another enticing round of Super Rugby action, this week's much-anticipated match comes out of Loftus, as the Highlanders go running with the Bulls. Both clubs have shown a defiance to play ball this year and will no doubt...
The International Pro14

The International Pro14

A look at the international aspect of the Pro14 With the League Stage of the Pro14 coming to an end I thought I'd take a look at the relative performances not of individual teams but of the nations involved. To do...

PRO14 Final Round

The last round of the regular season. The day which can sometimes decide if a team's year is a success or a failure. Saturday 28th April is also a Derby day where teams will only play other teams in their...
Super Rugby Power Rankings - Week 10

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 10

The Highlanders, Lions, Crusaders and Chiefs kept pace with the Hurricanes. The Bulls and Jaguares made their move and the rest of the pack continued a brutal push for playoff positions. These are your week 10 Super Rugby Power Rankings. 1....
Pro14 Shakeup

Champions Cup – Munster and Leinster chasing the white whale

The white whale For the third time in the history of European club rugby's premiere competition, Munster and Leinster are looking down the barrel of a derby final. Leinster have already had the pleasure against Ulster in 2012, but to...
USA Rugby Revolution

Video: USA Rugby Revolution

The 1014 Rugby predict a USA Rugby Revolution. We examine the new structures put in place. How the Olympics changed rugby forever. And we look at the exciting MLR, Major League Rugby as it starts up. A brief history We touch on...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 9.

Another new leader in Super Rugby, another hard-hitting, high-speed kiwi derby, another South African outside back scores a hat trick, and another player gets life-changing help from the rugby community in their hour of need. Another great week in...

Super Rugby – Game of the Week: Waratahs vs Lions

The big dance this week comes out of Sydney, Australia where two conference-leading teams square off in a tussle that will have huge overall ramifications towards the playoff race. The Waratahs host the Lions at Allainz Stadium looking to continue...

Super Rugby Power Rankings – Week 9

The Hurricanes continued their dominance over Kiwi opposition, the Highlanders kept their perfect home record intact, the Waratahs won the battle at the SCG, the Blues scored their second win of the season, the Rebels blew another one in...

Southern Hemisphere rugby digest. Week 8.

<h4Lots of very important stories in Southern Hemisphere rugby this week. A worrying injury toll for the All Blacks, the Rugby Australia response to the Folau controversy, a significant change in selection policy in South Africa, an initiative tackling the...
Hurricanes vs Chiefs

Super Rugby – Game of the week: Hurricanes vs Chiefs

The two form teams of the competition go toe to toe in the capital on Friday night. Both sides come into this match with identical records and similar aspirations. Expect a gruelling battle between two of New Zealand's elite...

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