Wallaby Attack Analysis: Follow Up

Wallaby Attack Analysis: Follow Up

At least this week the Wallabies attack was less about one out runners trying to crash through walls!

Following on from my look at the Wallabies attack structure last week, here’s a follow up to see what effect the reintroduction of Quade Cooper had.

I saw three areas of improvement:

  • A flatter attacking line playing closer to the line, even when Giteau stepped into first receiver;
  • Faster realignment so Genia had players ready to receive the ball and hence, faster ruck ball – this was helped by the flatter attack line so players didn’t have to run back as far to get into position;
  • More structure to move the defence around and create space.

Those improvements can’t all be put down just to Quade Cooper but there was a more positive attitude in attack this week from most of the team, and that can probably be put down to his return to the team.

The continuing negatives were:

  • Squandering of opportunities – the Wallabies need to become finishers (not just of games but of the little battles within each game);
  • A lack of innovation from first phase attack.

Scott is one of our regular contributors from the old days of G&GR. He has experience coaching Premier Grade with two clubs in Brisbane.

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