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Hello Moaman …! I think that Crusaders comes in a kind of stabilization of their game. His defense is being much more compromised despite his dominance of the breakdown. Obviously TransTasman offers Crusaders against the Australian teams the possibility of improving some aspects from a numerical point of view. The pending issue is still defense and changes could come with the search for new talent and new additions to the team.

Breaking down the New Zealand sides' dominance in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Hi how are you…! This series of indicators are part of a set that evaluates the ‘Game Management’. Therefore, it does not delve into the success of the game measured in points. The point sets are indisputable and show NZL’s superiority. On the other hand, we can see that there is no Australian team that does not have an encouraging perspective in some indicator of the game. Australia’s drawbacks stem from flawed decision-making and flawed execution. In this regard, I think that the game plans are a direct consequence of the available talent.

Breaking down the New Zealand sides' dominance in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

everything is usually possible my friend …!

Breaking down the New Zealand sides' dominance in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Hello Puff…! Excellent analogy for the garden and weeds …! These skills and abilities recovery processes take time. I think it is time to bet on the future by revisiting the mistakes of the past.

Breaking down the New Zealand sides' dominance in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Excellent comment…! We are playing rugby with a lot of physicality and that price must pay some tribute. It is the best way to keep the player safe.

Understanding the high tackle framework

Exactly Nick …! Argentina in particular has been developing in academies financed by the UAR (Argentine Rugby Union) the entire physical preparation and skills program for each player. We privilege the physical type and we develop it in relation to its genetics and the position in which we want to place it. We have had good performances in the RWC U20 with this player training policy. Also, I am one of those who believe that a simple change in the laws of the game can put a successful player format out of combat.

Back to back row: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Twodogz …! Your mention of Argentina’s use of a 4 or 5 instead of a 6 or 7 is trending in rugby today. Currently they are comparable positions if they are versatile players with good ball handling in hand, so that they can perform as dueling and evasion players as well as impact. It is an excellent strategy and highly valued when organizing a roster of players for championships or world championships. As a counterpart to the analysis about Hooper, we see in Pablo Matera, for example, he is a super specialized player for his position, even very skilled with the use of the foot. We are going to see him play in the 2022 season for Crusaders.

Back to back row: When the going gets tough, the tough get going

Hi Nick…! Australia’s last performance was on the TriNations2020 series. Facing Argentina, we noticed some difficulty in identifying the blind spots of the Argentine defense. These points were located precisely at the ends of the defensive line and in the intermediate zone between the defenders’ backs and the pendulum line where the 10 and 15 are stationed. They have progressed in the rapid identification of critical points of the opponent and improved the player communication on the field of play …? I think that in the AUS game during 2020 you have been extremely critical points.

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Interesting article…! In Argentina we have a similar situation. Our structure is nourished by club rugby, which have suffered almost 40% player desertion due to COVID-19: simply unsustainable. But the history of mistakes goes back some time ago when the UAR (Unión Argentina de Rugby) suspended the Argentine Championship of Rugby Unions to promote, even financially, the Regional Championships. This financing (catering, travel, transfers, hotels, etc.) came mainly from the income generated by Jaguares in Super Rugby and Los Pumas in Rugby Campionship. Today we do not fully have these assistance lines and the game is canceled and in the hands of the government’s health regulations. Today we do not have Rugby. But there is a reality in addition to COVID-19, and that is that the UAR no longer has observation platforms to recruit young talents, except for the work of the national academies. This scheme is fallible and many young players who went unnoticed by local recruiters were later discovered thanks to the high exposure of playing rugby abroad and at a high level. Having eliminated the national union championships, it could perhaps mean a limitation for the national coaches in a direct way, and indirectly it could also affect the encouragement of players who no longer have that privileged observation platform and the hope of being ‘observed’ . I share this comment with the intention of contributing to a state of affairs that has not yet found the best way out towards its recovery. I support the idea of ​​further developing the domestic competition in Australian rugby.

To TT or not TT, is that the question?

Hello Tj Force an …! I admired the game of England Rugby. My comments visualize a medium-term reading. In the immediate future, the scenario in which French rugby is immersed is that of COVID-19, including its quarantine of admission in Australia. But don’t forget that Argentina went through the same situation at TriNations2020 and their changes were quite consistent and effective. They travel to test themselves in front of a front-line squad, they seek to measure themselves, trying to know at what level they are with respect to the southern hemisphere and that includes young talents. Australia, on the other hand, is in full reformulation and needs to reaffirm the leading role it always had. Fortunately, rugby is a permanent challenge to overcome. And in that certainty we are all together.

Too little, too late: What we needed to see more of from the Aussies in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Good observation Mzilikazi…! The truth is that France has managed to develop more than one player for its key attacking leadership positions: the last 6 Nations was a great testing lab for them. I think it is a situation that even New Zealand is not prepared to deal with. It will be a great opportunity to see the young talents of both teams in action in next month’s friendlies.

Too little, too late: What we needed to see more of from the Aussies in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Thanks Brett …! It’s about finding new foundations and amplifying points of view. I greatly appreciated your comment. Regards.

Too little, too late: What we needed to see more of from the Aussies in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Brett …! We establish the relationship between successful own tackles and the amount of the opponent’s carries. In Rebels’ case he has 323 positive tackles and receives 444 carries from opponents. This defensive effort is greater than that of other teams, since in proportion Rebels must use 1.4 tackles to oppose 1 carrie Kiwi. The ratio between New Zealanders is more stable, ranging between 0.9 and 1 tackle per Carrie Aussie. The latter looks much better, since I consider that the need for a greater defensive effort is a sign of weakness.

Too little, too late: What we needed to see more of from the Aussies in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Hi TjForceFan…! France comes from raising an excellent 6 Nations postulating the best attack of the tournament in 2021, and only an excellent defense would give Australia the opportunity to block the French attack. We must remember that the current defense coach of France is Shaun Edwards, who made a relentless Wales to defend at RWC2019. But it is also good to remember that France is a Latin team. And like any Latino team, it suffers from periods of confusion and deconcentration. We can see the deep valleys of inaccuracies and bewilderment in Argentina versus France, in the last rugby world cup (both Latin teams). France is a team in full reformulation after hitting bottom several times and Fabien Galthié, their new coach since 2019/20, is leading the systematic transformation in an orderly manner, with new and young players. Facing France will be very hard work that could show Australia’s new level of game.

Too little, too late: What we needed to see more of from the Aussies in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Great article and a revealing title Brett…! The differences have been remarkable and we must not wait for the end of the championship to draw conclusions. The attacking effort of the Aussies has not had a counterpart in points and tries. As you mentioned, the Australians who led SuperRugbyAU went from lowest to highest and they still have one more Round to show more changes. There are no areas where improvements are not required in the game. From the Reds I expect more control of contact, as they lose one ruck or give up possession every 20 rucks, which is especially developable. His counter part is Warathas who has optimized the control of the game to the maximum (1 ruck lost every 24 executed). From the Rebels we need a massive defensive adjustment, as they need 1.4 tackles to oppose a carrie from the Kiwis. If the Brumbies perfected their attack they would be ready to play another character, as they use the least amount of Carries to penetrate the defense. Western Force, finally, need to grow in the defining stages in 22 opp and in their general management of the game. But the projects are demonstrated by walking, right …?

Too little, too late: What we needed to see more of from the Aussies in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

Geetings Geoff..! At this point and with the SuperRugby Transasman in the process of decision between New Zealand teams, things begin to take another color. Even the various points of view with which we approach the analysis or discussion. Changes are frequent and favorably affect the health of the game. There was no empire that lasted a thousand years on the face of the earth, and fortunately rugby is in charge of showing it to us minute by minute. I think it’s about going out and seeing what happens out there, listening to both club needs and professional demands to get the best ‘algorithm’.

The Wrap: So where was TJ when the Hurricanes needed him?

Wre01 …! Excellent approach. I partially agree with the central idea of ​​your article. I think the New Zealand teams outperform the Australians in all phases of the game, which does not mean that test rugby runs to the same fate. With the passing of the game, the gap has just closed, thanks to the two victories of Reds and Brumbies. But I still have in mind that the best defeat of an Aussie team evaluated in points, has been the Western Force (vs Chief) by a difference of 1 points and the worst that of Revels (47 points). Players like Rob Valetini, Harry Wilson or Lachlan Swinton are invaluable both in defense and attack, but they lack replacement among the finishers. Neither do fly halfs like Lolesio and O’Connor. I guess that’s another matter. Australia should rebuild its degraded gaming identity over several years. But also to add depth to the replacement bench and give top priority to young talents. If Argentina and France have been able to reformulate their style of play -adjusting details that the Latin idiosyncrasy could not put in shape and multiplying the options of explosive attack- I do not see why Australia cannot do it. It is only a matter of decision and attitude that makes a team develop its game round after round, year after year.

The gap is not as big as New Zealanders like to think

Thank you Moaman..! We are here to crystallize our small contribution to the great rugby of the southern hemisphere. It really was great rugby 🏉

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

How are you Soapit …! Without a doubt, physical fitness makes the difference in the rugby we are playing around the world. In Argentina in particular, we have had an empowering experience from Los Pumas during a physical preparation they did in Pensacola (USA) in the months leading up to a RWC. There they were able to strengthen the ties between the players themselves and strengthen the societies that intervene in certain functions during the game. An all-terrain experience with one goal: to develop physical endurance and a winning and fighting mentality.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

Hello Guess …! My impression is that if you achieve speed and precision at the top level, you would be in a different register than many teams. Even New Zealanders. Blues, for example, has shown during 2021 a fabulous attack combinatorial based on the kicking game of Otere Black and the young Zarn Sullivan. It was Aotearoa’s best attack and it would be, so far, the best of TransTasman: he is one step ahead of the rest, and that based on the optimal combination of the 3 basic skills in kick, passes and carries.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

good morning Cheika_mate …! As I mentioned in another post, both RED and WAR are showing a good level, but intermittently and sometimes empty in the defensive game. Both have shown good goals scoring 12 and 13 tries respectively. What are they missing to be really protagonists …? In my opinion, I think that the famous affective component in the game should take more participation. Today, with the level of play seen in AUS, it takes fire to face a Kiwi team and not die trying. No Australian franchise has the successful defense rate as that of Western Force (83.9%) although it contrasts with its effectiveness in the resolution of the attack (20%) and in the management of territory (it demands 18 carries to reach opp 22 against to 11 of RED, for example). Not all teams have it all, but some like RED and WAR have some of what it takes.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

Lara …! To provoke surprise and variation in the pattern of the game, many teams prefer to give up possession of the ball, as England does at the level of national teams or Jaguars in the old SuperRugby. To structure the attack we need to deconstruct the defensive instance. This is what we call ‘status change’. Australian teams may feel more comfortable in a comfort zone in which they defend strongly and react immediately to the change in status. In my opinion both RED and NSW have shown quite a dynamic attacking game that has paid them some dividends over the course of matches and could easily be strengthened with a more forceful defense. We can consider a good indicator of that greater dynamism in the attacking game to the number of passes made by RED and NSW evaluating only among Australians. Although we are faced with a background situation that speaks of reconfiguring the basic and advanced skills training program, each team is a configuration in itself: its own configuration.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

Thanks for your SSS considerations …! Sometimes I doubt if it is spontaneous attack formations in the face of a turnover granted or if we are in front of a luxurious machinery that builds the best and most efficient against attacks in the world. Most of the time I lean towards the second thought. It is also true that this speed and speed to build the solidity of the attacking game is usually paid for with a high rate of penalties conceded (182 of the NZL teams vs 165 of AUS) and turnovers (they are almost equal to the ratios of the Australian teams. ).
For the rest, I think that developing tremendous precision and speed work over 80 minutes requires a perfect match between the physical capacities and the technical skills we are talking about.

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

Good Morning jcmasher…! I agree with you in these of the basic skills. I approached the subject indirectly by mentioning that “Perhaps it is a cultural archetype that determines and conditions the style of Australian rugby; overcoming it would require time and effort in the basic work of rugby clubs, schools and unions …”
Faults or omissions in the training process of a player are usually paid dearly. And worst of all for us fans and analysts: they are obvious …

Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is not just a question of learning for Australia

Yesssssss …! 100% compatible. I had the opportunity to meet Irish (Celts) linked to rugby and live their relationship with rugby in a similar way to how we Argentines (Latinos) do. A bit fervent… 😊

Why there are more Townsville twists and turns to come for the Reds in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman

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