All posts tagged "Analysis"

  • Analysis: Quade defending at 15 – the fallout

    In last week’s G&GR podcast, Drew Mitchell was happy to openly state his dislike for a transfer of the Reds defensive structure (where Quade drops back to fullback) across to the Wallabies. “My personal opinion is that if you’re picked in the back 3 you should be given the right to counter...

  • Rugby
    Austin’s TN1 Match Review and Statistics

    After an ordinary start to the 2011 international season against Samoa, the Wallabies bounced back with an...

  • Dwyer’s View: Wallabies Take Must-Win Test Match With Style

    The Wallabies went into Saturday’s Test against a depleted Springbok lineup with a ‘must win’ imperative, so victory alone was never going to be enough. To convince themselves – and the rest of us – that they are the real deal, they had to be dominant. That they did! To convince the...

  • Rugby
    Video analysis with Bob Dwyer: Kane Thompson Try

    Samoa played well against Australia on Sunday. This was not simply a team of wonderfully gifted athletes...

  • Wallabies
    Video analysis: Pat McCabe as Wallaby 12

    A little eyebrow-raiser this morning when reading the Wallaby team sheet for the Boks match was the inside centre position. I had (for better or worse) solidly expected to see the familiar name of Matt Giteau there, but instead the man chosen to help dig the Wallabies out the merde they created...

  • Rugby
    Kicking difficulty: who’s the top gun in the Tri-Nations?

    Despite the media lauding a goal kicker’s stats, G&GR readers often remark that doesn’t take into account difficulty. It’s a well repeated comment that hasn’t been resolved due to a lack of data, until now. I too have been frustrated, so I wrote an article applying difficulty to the comparison of two...

  • Queensland Reds
    Who’ll Be Smiling After Saturday Night?

    The bookies think it’ll be the team in Red… sorry, Grey! I feel most people think the Crusaders are the favourites, and most Aussies hope it’s the Reds but suspect it might be the Crusaders. Before the semi-finals I was asked for my predictions – I went with the Reds over the...

  • Queensland Reds
    What’s Got Link Smiling?

    What are the factors that will give Link and all Reds fans reason to smile as the...

  • Queensland Reds
    The Five Key Grand Final Battlegrounds

    This final is going to be a close one. In all likelihood it will be a grinding encounter, where both sides will look the winner at some point. In the end it will come down to five key areas, in my opinion. These are the battlegrounds on which the game will be...

  • Queensland Reds
    What’s Got Link Worried?

    As the Reds approach their first Super Rugby final, there are a few areas of concern for...

  • Queensland Reds
    Analysis: penalty goals in Reds & Cru matches

    In dispatching the Stormers from the finals last weekend, the Crusaders relied on Dan Carter’s kicking tee rather than pressing for territory and tries. Carter kicked five penalty goals from seven attempts and was taking shots from beyond halfway. What does this mean for the Reds? Come Saturday, will they be vulnerable...

  • Northern Provincial Rugby
    Dwyer’s View: Reds Brilliant, Crusaders Irresistible

    The Reds were brilliant in their disposal of the Blues at Suncorp Stadium, with Quade Cooper and Rod Davies probably the brightest of the bright. The Crusaders simply shut the Stormers out of the match at Newlands and were dominant in all phases of the game. The fact that both losing teams...

  • Rugby World Cup 2011
    The Three Wallaby Selection Conundrums

    When Robbie Deans and the Australian selectors meet to pick the Wallaby side for the domestic internationals and beyond, they won’t have to work too hard to pick the front-line XV. Let’s face it: most positions are already foregone conclusions, with the only debate being who are the bench players and wider...

  • Dwyer’s View: Waratahs and Sharks bow out

    The Waratahs and Sharks both travelled to New Zealand on the weekend for the first round of the sudden death play-offs for the Super Rugby title. The Waratahs were massively, almost unbelievably, under-strength due to injuries and were over-powered by a resurgent Blues team, while the Sharks were unable to stem the...

  • Dwyer’s View: Waratahs stand up, at last

    The Waratahs, with the most miserly defence in the Super Rugby competition, added an outstanding attacking display to totally overwhelm the Brumbies by 41 points to 7. They scored five tries to a solitary last-minute consolation try for the Brumbies. Waratahs fans have waited a long time for this sort of attacking...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Analysis: Rocky’s blindside replacement by the stats

    After sixteen rounds of this Super Rugby season, the Wallaby Captain and Blindside Flanker has played a total of 84 minutes – less than 7% of it. With Rocky Elsom unlikely to play any rugby before the Tri-Nations, it must surely be an understatement to say that the Wallabies blindside flanker position...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Dwyer’s View: Memo to Jamie Joseph – Pride Cometh before a Fall

    A couple of weeks back, Jamie Joseph, ex-All Black and the Highlanders’ first-year coach, was quoted as belittling the Australian Super Rugby teams: ‘they’re like schoolboy games’ compared to those featuring South African and, of course, New Zealand teams. He is a new boy at this level of coaching, but he will...

  • Queensland Reds
    I Love a Bit of Controversy…

    … particularly when it involves Richie McCaw. Sunday’s game between the Reds and Crusaders didn’t disappoint with...

  • Queensland Reds
    Video Analysis: Putting the boot into the Crusaders

    As discussed on our Podcast with Richard Graham, one of the key ways to nullify the key...

  • Queensland Reds
    Reds v. Crusaders Threat Analysis

    As we head towards what I think will be the game of the season to date I...