Two easy changes to be competitive against the Kiwis


Effectively after what was a enjoyable Tremendous Rugby AU, every thing went crashing to earth very fast in opposition to the Kiwis.

What will get me is that each one the problems with why we lose to the Kiwis are tactical and are simply fastened. I simply can’t see how any of the teaching arrange within the Australian groups don’t see it.

The problems have been the identical for no less than the final 5 years no less than and haven’t been correctly addressed.

I seemed over the past weekends Tremendous Rugby matches and two areas actually stand out.

Pressured turnovers on the breakdown
NZ: 26
AUS: 13

Kicks into opposition 22 from basic play
NZ: 29
AUS: 10

Yep, there you’ve gotten it. The Kiwis pressured twice as many turnovers on the ruck. This isn’t because of them being magically higher on the ruck it’s only a proven fact that they contested extra rucks and 1-15 contest rucks each time the chance is there (even Damian McKenzie pressured a penalty within the drive recreation).

The New Zealand groups additionally kicked nearly thrice as a lot ball into our 22 than we did to them. After we get the ball across the half approach line we predictably run it (usually one-out).

They Kiwis combine up their recreation and so they usually purpose to place kicks into the corners and stress our full backs and wingers with nice chases. David Havilli did this on a number of events for the Crusaders and Mitch Hunt did the identical for the Highlanders.

(Picture by Graham Denholm/Getty Photos)

In reality, in final weekend’s video games not one Australian group gained extra ruck turnovers than their opposition nor kicked into the opposition 22 extra usually.

I don’t understand how any groups count on to win when their opponents win twice as a lot ball on the ruck and hold them pinned of their 22 thrice as usually.

The options
1. Flood the ruck!
Make the Kiwis combat for each tablet! If you happen to don’t win the ball again on the very least it’s going to give the likes of Aaron Smith gradual messy ball.

Each participant doesn’t must be David Pocock to do that affectively. If everybody from 1-15 seems to be to counter ruck or pilfer when the alternatives are there penalties will nonetheless come from opposition gamers coming the aspect.

On the very least you’ll draw normally two opposition gamers to wash you out. Alternatively, simply choose extra gamers who’re naturally sturdy over the ball.

2. Kick and chase
When taking part in the ball close to midway have your ten and out of doors backs put in nicely chased kicks to the corners if there isn’t a momentum after the primary couple of phases.

As a Reds fan, if I had been Brad Thorn I might be making some modifications within the battle in opposition to the Crusaders this weekend.

To strengthen the ruck I might have Fraser McReight at 7 and Liam Wright at 6. Wright had an important recreation in a overwhelmed group in opposition to the Highlanders.

These two gamers had been the highest two poachers in AU final season. However 1-15 should be seeking to pilfer and counter ruck as a lot as attainable (simply because the Kiwis do).

Additionally, I might give James O’Connor, Bryce Hegarty and Hamish Stewart the order to place extra kicks to the corners.

Each O’Connor and Stewart have performed this sometimes through the AU season, however we simply have to up the frequency.

Bryce Hegarty additionally has an correct boot typically play and the 2 cross-field kicks to Suliasi Vunivalu had been a pleasure to look at and actually capitalised on Vunivalu’s brilliance within the air.

These identical two points have been plaguing Australian rugby the previous 5 yr. A few easy tactical modifications can go an enormous technique to turning issues round in opposition to our rivals from over the ditch.

The Ewen McKenzie-coached Reds had a file of 14 wins and solely 5 losses versus Kiwi opposition from 2010 to 2013.

If you happen to watch the replays of the 2011 semi ultimate versus the Blues or the ultimate versus the Crusaders you’ll be able to see why.

They performed sensible rugby. The attacked dominated the ruck and it wasn’t simply the backrow – James Horwill at lock, Anthony Fainga’a at centre and even Jono Lance at fullback pressured turnovers.

Additionally they kicked very sensible and located grass within the 22 as a lot as they might.

Come on Australian rugby coaches, make some tactical modifications and play sensible rugby once more!


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