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Hello Hogie…! Excellent look at the Australian game for #SuperRugbyPacific. When I’m not emotionally involved as a fan, I’m always drawn to smaller or less financially powerful teams. I’m not sure this is the case for FOR. I think that the group of Argentine players who worked since 2020 (Cubeli, Miotti, Lezana, Medrano and Montoya) and of which only Santiago Medrano survives today, could awaken my predilection. But once #SuperRugbyAU was released first and #SuperRugbyTransTasman later, some FOR stats were really interesting to me: 84% effectiveness on defense, and quite an effective breakdown, sometimes outperforming even RED. We will certainly have a competitive #SuperRugbyPacific.

Preseason excitement coming from the Force and the Rebels

Only 11% of the Argentine players who made up the Los Pumas squad in AutumnSeries_2021 are based in Argentina. But 100% of the team has not played friendly matches or #RugbyChampionship in Argentina for 2 years. In my opinion, this is too hard a test…

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Good morning Madwiki and Ozinsa…! This material that I share with you was generated by WorldRugby in the final of the Buenos Aires Rugby Union tournament (URBA, December 2021): https://fb.watch/aFPfsI6NJb/
I assure you that the same fervor that can be seen in the clip runs through each stadium and fuels unique sensations in each team in Argentina.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

I agree 200% with you: yes, 200%. I am a passionate fan of my home club, CRAI (Club de Rugby Ateneo Inmaculada. Santa Fe, Argentina), despite the fact that my children are already top-level players of Duendes RC (Rosario, Argentina), the cradle of many Pumas and Jaguares. Although I have not lived in Santa Fe for more than 30 years, I follow the alternatives of my club’s game and participate externally in certain analysis of the game (particularly the breakdown). Nothing could beat that “engagement”. Soon I will tell you in detail how we live rugby in Argentina.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

If you are an ardent follower, you will have few alternatives at hand, because your passion will push you to the maximum. But if you consider that the quality of the game is a fundamental part of what happens in the stadium, you will have the opportunity to see how both sides optimize their game and develop their learning. Despite the sporting failure of Western Force, for example, he had a super acceptable role in defense (84% effectiveness in #SuperRugbyAU and #SuperRugbyTransTasman) and an efficient Breakdown (in #SuperRugbyAU he positively executed 25 rucks before losing 1 vs 23 of the champion ).
All opportunities are open.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

How are you Ozinsa…! Traditionally preferences favor the weakest. The key is in the relationship that teams can build with their fans. Without that solidly planted axis, everything would be more difficult. Other than BLU, my favorite team is @MoanaPasifika_ and I don’t plan on losing any games they’re involved in.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

What an interesting read Hazel…!
I think it’s important to take risks whenever possible. There is no other way to assess your best play style and game plan.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Hello Bent Nuc…! During 2021 I have focused on monitoring the Kicking game of the sides of the southern hemisphere. Particularly in the tests with the greats from the north in Autum Series_2021. But I also extrapolated it to #SuperRugby, where the distinguishing feature is still the expansive game with kicking game inflections. AUS teams scored 17% kicked Possession vs. 21% for the Kiwis in #SuperRugbyAU and #SuperRugbyAotearoa respectively. In #TransTasman relationships are maintained (AUS: 21% / NZL: 25%).
If the island teams manage to sustain that strategy, they will undoubtedly add danger to their attack.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

All good here, surfing the third wave of Covid-19: very contagious but less lethal. Let’s hope it doesn’t affect the championships to be played in ARG or the training sessions of Los Pumas that remain in the country. Everything looks like a tense calm but the different teams continue adding resources to grow in sports, but also in the management of the clubs. I think something different may be brewing because of the Covid-19 disruptions.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Hello AI..! When we talk about processes to build cohesion, we also refer to the fans. They are processes that clearly complement and feed each other: the fans and the team

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Kiwiboy…! They say that hard blows strengthen even more. Personally, I can confirm that thought. My best thoughts and respects to all the Tongan people.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Hello Jeznez, how are you…! The news coming to us from both WAR and FOR is quite encouraging. They are talking about a mental reconstruction that will result in an improved game. The perfect equation. We’ll see how it turns out, cheers…!

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

If some of the attacks in #SuperRugbyPacific were to take wide leads, it wouldn’t be too long before defenses neutralize them again – it’s part of the necessary alternations in the game.
Greetings NickoM…!

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

“First the breakdown, then everything else…” Don’t you think that’s a good phrase…? Greetings

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

I share your reading Nick…! All systems tend to imbalance, always. Greetings

England rugby at the crossroads: Which way will Eddie Jones turn (Part 1)?

Hello Rebel…! Today I wrote a comment to a review note by Nick Bishop in which he discussed the alternatives for the best ENG game development, leading up to #RWC2023. My idea is that all extremely solid attack or defense systems are eventually collapsed. Therefore, the development of an intermediate path is the best option: kick and defend, but taking care to insert a fast and precise expansive game variant; and vice versa…

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Hello JC…! The ability of small rivals to harm a giant is part of the story of David Vs Goliath. But it is also the story of my own rugby club in Argentina, where great victories against powerful rivals arose from muddying and messing up game conditions. The clash of styles will undoubtedly be the first factor in the game to be resolved by everyone.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

I regard the island game as a missing or unrecognized link in modern rugby, based on a combination of skill and speed. We all dream of playing as the Serevi mage, right…?
The opportunity to see two “island” teams in #SuperRugbyPacific seems like a true act of justice to me.

'It will be a sacrifice for our players': Fijian Drua to call Australia home in 2022 Super Rugby

Hola Bobby…!
Detection, Acquisition and Retention of talents are an essential part in the evolution of a team, not only in its economic aspect, but also as important elements to achieve more solid and consistent levels of cohesion. I think rugby is played at more and more different levels.
Greetings

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

As always, an interesting analysis Nick…! I have been a student of the ENG game in the Eddie Jones era. The game of kicks and defense is unbeatable because it stirs up the ghost of error (in the receiver or in the kicker, in the chasers, or in the coverage and support of the receiver). But I still think the salt and pepper of this game lies in the ability to interrupt those sequences and insert 100% expansive gameplay. As you mention, I really like the Harlequins game today. Spontaneous and aggressive beyond the 2nd phase. The next #6Nations will be great to start solving some questions.

England rugby at the crossroads: Which way will Eddie Jones turn (Part 1)?

Hello Bentruc, how are you…! I don’t know the profile or the performance of the players who are adding their services to the team. At least from ARG we do not have info available. The truth is that there is an area of extreme heat in SuperRugby and that is the fight for supremacy in the breakdown. At this point all Australian teams were inferior to the Kiwis.

How are Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua shaping up for their Super debut?

Hello Biltong, good year to all…! I don’t see them separately: “together they are dynamite”

'Wild and kicking arse': What Boks fans want from rejuvenated Rassie - South Africa’s brilliant rugby rascal

Definitely, I am not surprised by the hyper media profile that Rassie has assumed in recent times. It might even have been another assistant coach who fueled that spectacular operetta during the Lions Series at RSA. I think the rules of the game that embody the spirit of rugby caught up with him anyway and so far, his penalty has been a consequence of outburst rather than contravention. Undoubtedly, the ideal mix to relaunch the Boks continues to be Erasmus+Nienaber: thorough analysis+articulation with the selected game. Greetings to all and to you Harry…!

'Wild and kicking arse': What Boks fans want from rejuvenated Rassie - South Africa’s brilliant rugby rascal

Hello, Harry…! If COVID-19 allows it, we will have a great menu of games this year. These days I looked for material about the game of Fijian Drua to analyze, and I found it a very interesting bet. I wish you a better great year …! Hug

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

Hello, Harry…! Nice to read your articles again. I especially paused in reading the comments about game creators and kicking game strategists, because it is a topic that I am passionate about. I think that being a very sensitive area in the structure of the game it tends to vary constantly, but always based on the distribution of skills around the “triple threat”: Kick + Pass + Run. Today we are facing game creators and drivers much more participatory and collaborative, because the intensity of the game demands it. I still admire Quade Cooper’s skill pack and his (new…?) Eagerness to collaborate on the breakdown, but I marvel at the vision of the game by Ntamack or Finn Russell that makes rugby a “game of anticipation mental”. One last consideration in the form of a question: is it possible that we do not have an attacker with the capabilities of Samu Kerevy at present…? Greetings and good 2022 to all.

A crystal-ball look at the 2023 Rugby World Cup team of the tournament

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