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U20 RWC Post Mortem: Was it the Coaches or the Cattle?

U20 RWC Post Mortem: Was it the Coaches or the Cattle?

 

After the tournament you could add:

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  • poor goal kicking and kicking from hand;
  • poor wet weather play;
  • poor scrummaging against France (first half, first game) and Argentina;
  • two wingers (normally a 12 and a 13) who had to learn the position on the job (they also lacked speed and were punished by the French on defence and could not outrun them on attack);
  • poor game selections (e.g., Godwin retained at 10 though out of form, while the Frisby-Lucas combination was not used, and winger Crook not used enough, and not as the goalkicker though he was slotting them when training with van Straaten); and
  • poor tactics: (e.g. versus France in the second match, trying to maul against the opposition’s strength, and hogging the ball in the midfield instead of getting it wide — see video at bottom).

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On TV the team looked poorly coached, except against Scotland. I attended one training session, a small sample I know, and I thought the content and the instructions were good, but you have to criticise the coaching staff for not making a difference in what the lads did on the park.

This was our poorest IRB tournament ever – but was this a year we didn’t have the cattle? (Nor did England?) Did they take a squad that was half Under 19-qualified just because there weren’t enough good older guys?

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