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Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Mama Mia....

4 Weeks, 1 Day ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

That was probably the stupidest one dimensional blind as shit head down let's go piece of play I've ever seen in any sport....

I've never worn a 'gridiron' helmet, so I'm not sure how your vision is affected, but it says a lot for having a quick glance at things.....

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

I understand it might have been petty, but have you not noticed in the past when games that are out of reach for some teams they tend to either play a B team to keep their A's safe, or they play their younger inexperienced players to blood them, nothing like baptism by fire....

Italy looked at where they are in the world of rugby, they looked at England and figured... Yup, they're stronger all over than us..Chances are they watched tapes on England and saw a repeating pattern of rucks leading to good field placement, perhaps something they felt England relied on. The Ford Farrell 10-12 pivot is so key with England, if you can disrupt it so they never get clean ball then it can't work... And maybe Italy said, if we play conventionally we'll get stuffed... So let's mix it up.

It's certainly not infallible and certainly won't work for 80 mins, however it's a tactic that can be adopted and brought into their regular playing style because it DID work to some degree....

4 Weeks, 2 Days ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

What gets me is the fact that he was part of a team that developed 10 man rugby... Of course the RWC had a valuable input from many of the 10+ lot, but that get within 50m and JW can slot a penalty or a drop goal kind of stuff is also surely not real rugby either?

Or is real rugby the same kind of rugby where you are allowed to score umpteen expected points and enjoy a 1st's V 2nds training match against another country...

1 Month, 3 Hours ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

No it's not, the tackle area is designed to stop people playing the scrum half as soon as his greasy mits touch the ball, otherwise you literally hover over the bloke until he touches the ball then you sit on him... 1 metre gives him some small breathing room.

1 Month, 3 Hours ago

Scotland end 10 year drought with famous win over Wales

Certainly not arbitrary, 3 points is a nice number for a penalty kick, so it's a nice quick deduction.. It is however based on my new introduction of these laws. If this continues in the next round of 6N (my second round!) then the points deduction will be increased by a factor of 1.5 - this increase will continue to increase by the same factor each game with continuing petulance (it will also decrease depending if lessons are learnt and petulance is left in the changing rooms!)

1 Month, 6 Hours ago

Ireland get past France in Dublin round two battle

He was not on the ground...So technically he was in the process of being held up...

1 Month, 8 Hours ago

2017 Six Nations: Best of Social Media from round 3

Totally agree, complete bitch of a man..

1 Month, 9 Hours ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Totally agree with you mate, I think Italy has been insulted over and over and I think the way they reacted this time was brilliant, of course it didn't pay off completely but it really worked.

I remember seeing games between NH and SH teams where the NH teams decide to slow the game right down (within the laws) so it suits their hard up front stuff!

1 Month, 9 Hours ago

Italy ruck tactics bemuse England and agitate coach Eddie Jones

Actually, Poite stated the law, what he didn't do was answer Haskell's pleas of "what do we need to do?"

1 Month, 9 Hours ago