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Scotland v England Second Screen

Video: Scotland v England Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Scotland v England match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in Edinburgh. The action areas for one...
Ireland v Wales Second Screen

Video: Ireland v Wales Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Ireland v Wales match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in Dublin. The action areas for the...
France v Italy Second Screen

Video: France v Italy Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the France v Italy match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in Marseille. The action areas for the... From...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 6: The Grubber Game

As I have mentioned earlier in this series, Scotland like to use the grubber kick close to the wings. In fact, they like it a lot. It is too much of a coincidence that this play occurs to be a...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 5: The 3-1-Tip-on

This passage of play is what showed me that Scotland are a true, heads-up rugby team. The reasoning behind this was that their wide men weren't fully ready, weren't correctly aligned, which stresses the need for another playmaker in...

Video: Six Nations Week 3 Preview

France v Italy Ireland v Wales Scotland v England From The Shed Check out The 1014 Rugby Six Nations Tournament Preview here and the Week 1 Preview here. If you want to understand the gameplans check out our detailed analysis for England, Ireland and...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 4: The 3-3-Tip-on

In this article we take a look at another Scottish variation of the traditional 1-3-3-1. The 3-3-Tip-On This is where the same thinking behind the exploiting of Samoa's Rush 10 Defence, was used so astutely on the All Blacks. The...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 3: The 3-Tip-on-3

I already stated earlier that this is the hardest series I've had to write, and you'll see why in the next stills. Like I've said, Scotland maintains a very fluid framework within their structure. To manipulate defences, they want...
What will Joe Schmidt be coaching

Ireland v Wales: What will Joe Schmidt be coaching?

Joe Schmidt will have a right to be happy. He is 2 from 2, and his next game is in the Aviva Stadium, a place where he hasn't lost a Six Nations match since he became the Irish coach. He...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 2: The 1-3-3-1

Scotland uses the 1-3-3-1, but they use it in a different way to Ireland who are quite regimented with it. They use it differently to Australia, who are traditionally far more adventurous and Barbarians like. They use it almost...

Rugby World Cup Expansion Could be the Vehicle for Global Development

The fallow weeks of the Six Nations can often be an exercise in killing time until the next instalment of the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby tournament comes around. However, take a look around the wider international spectrum and there...

Welsh Back Row Depth

Recently the Welsh back row has been known for its immense talent. For instance, despite injuries to Talupe Faletau, Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate Wales are still dominant in the back row. Aaron Shingler and Josh Navidi came to prominence...
What will Gregor Townsend be coaching

Scotland v England: What will Gregor Townsend be coaching?

Scotland's performance against France, especially in the last 20 minutes personified their fitness and edge. They rectified a lot of problems from their run out against Wales. Their defence was better, though still not good enough. Their attack around their...

Scotland’s patterns and tactics part 1: Tenets

Scotland were my performers of the Autumn. No doubt about it. They have built on the great work of Vern Cotter and continued where he left off. Gregor Townsend has come in and brought continuity, adventure, heart, fitness and most...
Eddie Jones Interview from The Rugby Site

Video: Eddie Jones Interview

The 1014 Rugby were fortunate enough to get access to an Eddie Jones Interview from The Rugby Site. And as you would expect it is full of incredible insights into what makes him tick and possibly what has transformed...

Changing centre play

The play of the weekend was the diagonal kick from Owen Farrell to Jonny May to touch down in the corner. Once the ball came loose from Watson's aerial challenge, May was reactive. He was immediately aware of which...
Scotland v England. What will Eddie Jones be coaching?

Scotland v England: What will Eddie Jones be coaching?

Eddie Jones will be happy with aspects of England's performance against Wales, and regardless of public persona, furious with others. To not score any points in 60 minutes of a game will particularly irk him, especially due to the fact...

Video: Six Nations Week 2 Review

Six Nations Week 2 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Week 2 of the Six Nations were: Will Furlong and Henshaw be fit for the next match? What did Joe Schmidt say about the new players and...
Scotland v France Second Screen

Video: Scotland v France Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Scotland v France match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. Quick stats How the teams lined up in Edinburgh. The action areas for the...
England v Wales Second Screen

Video: England v Wales Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the England v Wales match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. England suffocated the Welsh and forced them into errors all over the park....
Ireland v Italy Second Screen

Video: Ireland v Italy Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Ireland v Italy match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. Ireland looked composed and assured on the ball in the first half, however,...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 6: Kicking Strategy

Wales implementation of their attacking kicking strategy has been done very, very well. This has been a part of their game for long before the World Cup. Warrenball dictates that the kicks from the back 3 remain in field, so...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 5: On the break

This article shows Wales' keenness on moving the ball wide. It also illustrates that the players need change only one thing in order for it to become fully effective. In the following example, we know the call that was made...
Six Nations Week 2 Preview

Video: Six Nations Week 2 Preview

Ireland v Italy All the talk in Ireland this week has been of the Johnny Sexton wonder goal and rightfully so, but has it hidden Ireland's inability to create chances. With nigh-on 70% possession you would expect at least one...
Scatter graph from Expected Wins Contributed analysis

Expected Wins Contributed (xWC). The holy grail of statistical analysis?

The holy grail of statistical analysis in any sport is to have one metric that fits all. Not only does it fit all, but it can accurately evaluate a player’s quality. Existing examples of this from other sports include “Wins...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 4: The 3-3-Tip on

The 3-3-Tip On is the same principle as the previous pattern. However, the lack of screen differentiates it. The pattern is very similar if not identical to the Scottish Tip-on pattern. Here we see exactly the same set up as...

Video: Six Nations Week 1 Review

Six Nations Week 1 Review from The 1014 Rugby The big talking points form Week 1 of the Six Nations were: What happened to Scotland? Where did their November form go? Wales, OMG, Wales. Incredible turnaround and beautiful rugby to boot. France...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 3: The 1-3-3-1

In this, the third article on Wales we take a look at their use of the 1-3-3-1 system via some examples. The Welsh have a long openside which they can use in this example. They have lined up a 3...

What should the Wales back 3 be against England?

After an exhilarating and amazing performance versus Scotland, Wales now look ahead to England. Welsh captain Alun Wyn Jones said before the tournament that Wales would change their game to cater the threat of each individual opponent. Will the...
Allister Coetzee seen here at the World Cup draw. He will not be at the World Cup as the Springboks coach.

A Defense of Allister Coetzee

Allister Coetzee's career as Springbok head coach was marked by an 11-25 test record. This includes four wins against France, three against Argentina, and one against Italy. This record also includes two wins against Ireland, and one against Australia. The...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 2: The Tenets

This article takes a look at the new Welsh tenets. I say new, as they appear to be just that after years in the "Warrenball" wilderness. New Wales attacking tenets: Players must offload more. Players must quickly use the width...

Brisbane Global Rugby Tens Preview

Back again for its second year, the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens looms as an exciting start to the Southern Hemisphere rugby season. This year, we’ll see the Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby sides, including last year’s champion the Chiefs,...
France v Ireland action areas. Ireland should have been out of sight by the time the hooter went.

No change with Ireland

41 phases of play and one big punt from the middle of the field, is what saved Irish blushes in Paris on Saturday. It should never have come to this. Ireland, clearly in control of the game from the...

Wales’ patterns and tactics part 1: Introduction

First and foremost, you'll have to forgive me, as this is the most polarising series I've ever written. Mainly, because of frustration. There's a popular theory about the definition of insanity by Einstein. Even though it was debunked that it...
Italy v England Second Screen

Video: Italy v England Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Italy v England match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. The clinical play of England was not really a surprise, but what was...

Wales v Scotland Reviewed: The Scarlets Effect

Ladies and Gentlemen, I did not expect this. Wales were brilliant today. Fast, full of endeavour, their handling was crisp, their timing of their runs on point, their lines good and their alignment; Oh, their alignment was something else....
France v Ireland Second Screen

Video: France v Ireland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the France v Ireland match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. You will want to see Gareth's reaction to both the Teddy Thomas try...
Wales v Scotland Second Screen

Video: Wales v Scotland Second Screen

The 1014 Rugby watch the Wales v Scotland match live on YouTube and Facebook. Check out the reactions and insights from The Shed with Gareth and Steven. And if that wasn't enough reason, as far as we know, this is...

Ireland’s patterns and tactics part 7: Altering Patterns

As we know from the prior articles Ireland essentially have two attack patterns (or families); namely the 1-3-3-1 Looper and the Twos. But this does not mean that Ireland sticks to them rigidly. They have variations, they have cases...

Player height/weight + caps based Six Nations Week 1 predictions

Finally, the Six Nations has arrived, it's time to make some Six Nations Week 1 predictions. And for this Kiwi who has generally been disinterested and bored with the Six Nations (and northern hemisphere rugby in general), I’m truly excited...

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