The Rugby World Cup in Japan is well and truly underway now, with the New Zealand All Blacks opening their campaign in the best possible way with a win over fellow contenders the Springboks of South Africa. The All Blacks dominated proceedings early, taking a 17-3 lead into halftime. And while South Africa managed to get back into the game somewhat with a strong start to the second half, the All Blacks weren’t to be denied, with penalty goals late in the game to Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett keeping the game out of South Africa’s reach. Here are five talking points from the game. 1. All Blacks seal top spot in Pool B The fact that the Springboks were unable to get within seven points of the All Blacks and acquire a bonus point makes this prediction all the more likely. Even if the All Blacks were somehow to lose one of their remaining three pool games, the Springboks would have to overtake them on points differential in order to finish at the top of the pool. … [Read more...] about Five talking points from All Blacks vs Springboks
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The Wallabies will be looking to replicate their shock 21-point win last week when they play the All Blacks in Auckland. The All Blacks could be knocked off the top of the world rankings this weekend. Regardless of the result in this match, a win for Wales over England would put the Welsh to No.1. A loss by 16 or more would drop New Zealand down to sixth, which would be a first for the Kiwis, who have only ever been as low as third. Last weekend, Australia brought their A-game. They’ll need to back it up with another just-as-strong performance if they’re to beat the All Blacks at Eden Park. If Michael Cheika’s men were to win, it’d be the first Bledisloe Cup series victory since 2002, and the first win at Eden Park for 33 years. The All Blacks aren’t invincible on home turf. They lost last year to South Africa, and in 2017 they went down to the British and Irish Lions. Last weekend was a diamond in the rough. The Wallabies severely underperformed in the … [Read more...] about All Blacks vs Wallabies: Bledisloe 2 preview and prediction
A Set small text size A Set the default text size A Set large text size The Wallabies have a chance to win the Rugby Championship, but to do so, they’ll need to beat New Zealand in Perth. To win the Rugby World Cup, teams will almost certainly have to beat the All Blacks at some point. This is Australia’s chance to cement themselves as contenders for the Webb Ellis trophy, and put a hand on the Bledisloe Cup, which they haven’t held since 2002. On paper, the Wallabies don’t have much of a chance. Their opponents have won nine of the last 10 meetings, and took the Bledisloe in a clean sweep last year, winning each game by an average of 23 points. Funnily enough, in odd-numbered years, the Wallabies tend to do better. They upset New Zealand in 2011, 2015 and 2017, while results in even-numbered years are less frequent. The Aussies have claimed the Rugby Championship in the last two World Cup years, at a time when the SANZAAR tournament is almost an … [Read more...] about Wallabies vs All Blacks preview and prediction
Tune into coverage of Australia vs New Zealand on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action from 10am By Michael Cantillon Last Updated: 09/08/19 6:20am Vote for your combined Australia-All Blacks XV ahead of Saturday's final day Rugby Championship Test in Perth. For the Wallabies, James O'Connor will make his first Test start for six years as part of four changes when Australia take on New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship finale.For the All Blacks, Steve Hansen has made six changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash but retained Richie Mo'unga at out-half with Beauden Barrett again slotting in at full-back. But who would make it into your combined XV from the 30 men that have been selected? Have your say with our position-by-position vote below...Our coverage of the weekend's international rugby begins at 10am on Saturday as we bring you Australia vs New Zealand, live from the Optus Stadium in Perth on Sky Sports Action. … [Read more...] about Who makes your Australia vs All Blacks combined team?
The Rush 10 Triangle defence is formed of a three-to-four-man shoot portion that rushes up to pressure the first receiver, to make a tackle on him behind the gain line if it can be done. This urge to smash the receiver and get front-foot defensive momentum is a key element of why the shoot-drift gap is so exploitable. The drift portion outside the shoot holds back, dependent on the alignment of the opposition. Whilst the disconnect between these two portions is one of the biggest areas to manipulate, this begs the question: what happens when you get outside the first receiver? Understanding the dynamics of the drift portion and its implications is key to understanding how this area can be targeted. Weakness: The whip inside spacingsMethods: The counter trey, long inside pass, blind-open runners, re-use of inside options “Should the enemy strengthen his van, he will weaken his rear; should he strengthen his rear, he will weaken his van; should he strengthen his left, he … [Read more...] about How to target the All Blacks, Part 5: Exploiting the whip