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Shaun Treeby scores for the Highlanders from Mike Delaney class

It's not. You're right I probly took it too seriously. Shit, I probly take rugby too seriously. But it's a passion, so what are ya gonna do.

But this kind of play, yes it was much more common in the SH (still is). Attacking rugby, tactically, much of it comes from SH innovation.

But it's not the point. The point is that this is one of the oldest tricks in the book.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Shaun Treeby scores for the Highlanders from Mike Delaney class

First of all I'm not from NZ, and don't support NZ teams.
But as anyone who follows rugby knows, they are probably the best of all time, yes.
That's very hard to debate. South Africa is the only country that could really debate that (and I'm not a Saffer either).

They are pretty much always at the cutting edge of rugby tactics and strategy. They are responsible for many of the games' innovations, and still produce many, probably most, of the best coaches in the game. They have the best development pathway of any country, and overall, the most successful rugby.

There's alot to learn from them.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Shaun Treeby scores for the Highlanders from Mike Delaney class

Your idea that the no look inside pass (a move that has been used in NZ for decades, literally decades) was invented or even popularized by Leinster is a sad indictment on both your knowledge of rugby and your understanding of Leinster's rugby tactics.

The first thing that you need to be made aware of, is that this is a move that goes back generations. People have been doing this since the 70s at least, in NZ and Aus (and elsewhere too). This is one of many basic moves that were developed long ago, so long ago that their origins are lost in time. The inside pass, the no look pass, or both combined are as old as the wrap around, dummy runners or the cut out pass. These aren't new ideas.

The second thing you need to be made aware of, is that this kind of play is more common in the SH (or historically was, though there were exceptions, like the Welsh teams of the 70s).

The third thing you are no doubt aware of is that Leinster's coach is a NZer. He was raised being taught how to play this way, suing moves like the inside no look pass. He is the guy who drilled that into Sexton and the other Leinster backs. He learned it in NZ.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

"SA and Australia are just the same as the NH nations."

Even though they both have a much better record, historically and recently? Even though they both have two world cups each?

I think that's ridiculous.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

"and a general willingness to pull of riskier plays (for whatever reason - some may suggest it is due to the lack of a relegation system)."

It has more to do with confidence based on slightly better fundamental skills.
SH offloads stick more often, they produce flashier players overall.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

I agree that there isn't a huge gap. But there clearly is a gap. Its patently obvious that SH teams are more succesful and that most NH tactics are drawn directly from the SH.
However the NH is getting slowly closer.
At this point the gap is down mostly to slightly better tactics and slightly better skills from SH teams, as well as a more attacking mentality from SH teams (possible because of the better skills).

There's no difference in athletisicism, physicalty, the basic skills or the set piece (the NH even has the edge in the scrums alot of the time).
There used to be, even fifteen years ago NH teams lagged behind in all these things.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

Hey whatever you want to believe. Overall SH teams have a much better record and always have. There's lot of reasons why, but having a bad defence isnt one of them.
SH teams gernerally have excellent defenc,e in fact most of the tactics employed by NH teams are imported from the SH and many are implemented (especially at club level) by SH coaches.
As a famous All Black said over 100 years ago, "Yes you invented the game. We just taught you how to play it."

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Joe Pietersen's sensational try for the Stormers against the Highlanders

The defender couldn't tackle him while the chip was in the air, even though he was next to him.
That's the whole point of a little chip and chase like that.
Otherwise the guy just would have clobbered him.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Jannie Du Plessis slapped with off-field yellow card after starting dust-up

It's more just a disincentve to using the yellow. If the ref isn't 100% sure, he can issue a hite instead of a yellow for something like this.
I understand that it can be reviewed anyway, but alot of the time stuff doesn't get looked at.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

Edinburgh Rugby upset Toulouse in Heinenken Cup Quarter Final

The no 6 knocks it on.

2 Years, 5 Months ago

 
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