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Hello…! In an article I published a few weeks ago I analyzed the topic of “cohesion” in ARG, from # RWC2019 to # TRCH2021. It is interesting to see the correlation between the lower degree of cohesion and the lack of points or tries. The link to the article is: https://www.theroar.com.au/2021/08/04/why-los-pumas-cohesion-is-their-greatest-asset/ 🏉

Los Pumas make six key changes after demoralising defeat

New variation in the creative axis of ARG (There were 5 different combinations from #RWC2019 on 9-10). Loss of cohesion in that sensitive segment of the game’s creation could translate into a lack of tries at #TRCH2021, where he scored only against RSA.

Los Pumas make six key changes after demoralising defeat

Thanks Nick, great comments …! I follow the kicking game of this #TRCH2021 with particular interest. Especially the ARG receiving game and the RSA executions. I think that of the four participants, RSA and NZL are the most prepared to use this tactic. Greetings to all…!

Coach’s Corner Issue 26: Is Dave Rennie thinking outside the 'Boks?

How are you Stillmissit…! The RSA pack feels comfortable when it dominates the game, when it presses and imposes its physicality. In fact, this is the heaviest pack of # TRCH2021. They will surely try to develop that strategy. But I also think it’s important to expand the attacking options for the backs, based on the dominance of 12 and 13 and the launch of a more expansive game. They will do it…?

‘Still stinging’: Smarting Springboks out to hit back

Hello Dean…! The reception of the passing game has been a pending issue for AUS. Also the efficient execution of the kicking game, which against NZL ended up offering a clear attack platform from the backfield. Without a doubt it will be the most attractive clash of Rd.4

‘Still stinging’: Smarting Springboks out to hit back

I like clashes in which the luck of different styles is played. That will happen at #AUSvRSA, Rd.4.

‘Still stinging’: Smarting Springboks out to hit back

Exactly…!

How the Springboks can overcome the All Blacks – and not just this year

Everything works fine until something starts to go wrong: it’s the strictest and most defining rule I know of, and it applies 100% to the current RSA game plan.

How the Springboks can overcome the All Blacks – and not just this year

Hello Emery Ambrose..! #AUS conceded 17 penalties of which 5 were executed to the sticks with a 60% effectiveness. By just raising the degree of effectiveness and validating some canceled tries, #RSA would have been the winner in Rd.3

How the Springboks can overcome the All Blacks – and not just this year

Hello Fresney…! I think if RSA tries to generate a more expansive game, controlling midfield, it could raise the possibility of victory. But the expansive game, combining speed and precision is the original brand of the NZL game. The best defense of # TRCH2021 should defeat the best breakdown of the championship and vice versa. Will they make it …? Personally, I always hope that the attacks will achieve their goals.

How the Springboks can overcome the All Blacks – and not just this year

Hello JC …! Certainly, RSA missed try opportunities and invalidated tries also fell by the wayside. The truth is that they took advantage of 43% of their arrivals at 22 M Opp compared to 20% of AUS compared to a relentless Cooper in shipments to the sticks. And that movie might not repeat.

Analysis: How Cooper improved the Wallabies' cohesion and decision-making

Hello Stu…! It is convenient for RSA to vary and adjust its game plan to contain the expansive game that AUS introduced. Against ARG, on Rd.2, he showed a more open and less aerial game. We will likely see some of that on Rd.4. Don’t you think so …?

Analysis: How Cooper improved the Wallabies' cohesion and decision-making

Hi Nobrain…! Argentina has tested from # RWC2019 to the current # TRCH2021 five combinations between 9 and 10. The line up to face NZL shows the first association between Bertranou and Carreras. Undoubtedly, this generates predisposing conditions for a low degree of cohesion in the creative axis.

'We're expecting a huge response': All Blacks make 11 changes and brace for Pumas revenge mission

Strongly agree Nick …! Execution and outstanding breakdown details is what defines a great team. A half second delay or one wrong path to the next ruck and you will probably lose it. This is how things are today. Greetings to all…!

Coach’s Corner Issue 25: Is defence really the best means of attack?

RSA has raised variations and adaptations to the game plan in RugbyChampionship. And with these differences it has been able to mark notable advantages over ARG. In my opinion, the breakdown and the cluster of skills that a good execution of the attack demands, remains the weak point of AUS.
Excellent comments, Nic. Greetings to all…!

Coach’s Corner Issue 25: Is defence really the best means of attack?

Clearly, you can see how the intensity of the AUS game oscillates, rises and falls against the AA.BB. It is undoubtedly about problems in the game, but also about a mental instance that should not be neglected in any way. For example, AUS reached NZL 22M 12 times but converted only 3 tries / 21 points. Instead ZNL arrived 11 times but scored 6 tries / 38 points. This perhaps reflects better scoring skills but also patience and creativity in executing the game plan. Regarding what many people think about Lolesio’s game, I think that no 10 that we have seen played in SuperRugbyAU or TransTasman is at the height of being able to intelligently drive the axis 10-12-13 // 10-12-15. O’Connor is an orderly, stable and intelligent attack platform but somewhat limited for the game in speed. Quade Cooper …? I think his play was sensational until the opponents began to read his playing patterns. Ultimately, I think the problem is not Lolesio, but the complete functioning of the creative axis 9-10-12-13: no unpredictability and no explosion for the attack game.

Stick or twist?: Ex-players call for Noah's removal as Wallabies weigh up No.10 options

Hi Brett …! I am convinced that the great teams and the best players differ from the rest based on excellence in decision-making, that is: resolutions under pressure and at maximum speed. With 60% possession, AUS generated 12 visits to 22 M Opp in Perth. The difference was that NZL invoiced tries in 63% of the visits it made, which was 11, and AUS only in 25% (in RugbyChampionship). The talent to manage is nothing without the skill of converting facts into points.

Wallabies need an urgent injection of composure ahead of Springboks and Pumas

Carlos, the video analysis we do for clubs in ARG counts a “carrie” as a carry with a displacement of 2 meters or more from the point where you take the ball. With a “rush defense” or a “pass on contact” attack, carries are likely to be lower than tackles. OPTA statistics (stats perform) originate data from artificial intelligence, so they depend on the algorithm configured to “read” and analyze each sequence of the game. I send you my regards…!

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

Carlos, this is the link we are talking about: https://super.rugby/therugbychampionship
There you can explore the Match Center and collect the data. If you prefer, let me know and I will send you the spreadsheets. This is my email: rugbyanalysisok@gmail.com. Greetings…!

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

AUS could succeed if it adjusts its playing performance, logically. But at times, from what I saw at SuperRugbyAU, TransTasman and every AUS game this year, I think the Australian player doesn’t have in his DNA what it takes to beat RSA and NZL. Some call it the X factor. We are probably going back to the depth of Australian rugby today.

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

Biltong …! RSA has already won both games easily against ARG and with substantial changes in the game plan. I think RSA can do the same against AUS and come out on top. But against NZL it could get complicated. I think of 5 wins and 1 loss against NZL.

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

Hello kabous …! It’s good to note that your JLB readings bring us closer to a broader understanding of the Boks game. This usually does not happen. The truth is that here we are postulating the return of a historically powerful nation under a different clothing. “The other, the same” from JLB …? Greetings…!

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

Hello Wayne …! It is fascinating to analyze the performance of RSA. As you well point out, we have had the opportunity to see their evolution from # RWC2019 to Rugby Championship 2021, where they can change their strategy and go from an attack game based on kick to a more balanced one with expansive play. Power is the basis of its consolidation: power and precision. Regarding their clash with NZL, it will be very timely to know the positioning of each side and see how they prepare for the match. Surely RSA will tweak its attacking game even more, but we can’t say the same for NZL, where things are in full review. Thanks for the The Dead Ball Area reference – I’m your follower on twitter and I really enjoy your approaches. Greetings…!

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

Carlos, the data provided by SANZAAR indicates more tackles from RSA than carries from ARG. ARG also maintains that relationship. AUS and NZL, who have proposed a more expansive and dynamic game, have another relationship. Greetings. Time to rest here in Argentina.

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

I still think that the key to improving AUS is to enhance the breakdown. Especially the maintenance of control over the rucks. At Rugby Championship Rd.1, AUS easily delivered continuity in the game by running 18 rucks before losing 1. Undoubtedly, it is a pending account to improve.

Will the real South Africa please stand up?

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