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The Box Kick - Event Date: 08 Oct 2019

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Mark W-J View Drop Down
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mark W-J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Oct 2019 at 18:55
I'm staggered by the number of people who tuned in on Sunday morning expecting to see something different.  I tweeted the following last week:
Originally posted by Mark W-J Mark W-J wrote:

All Wales fans know that we don't score enough tries. But by my reckoning we've only scored four tries or more on four occasions in our last 50 meetings with 6 Nations/ Rugby Championship opposition, dating back to March 2015:
Italy in 2015, 2016 & 2018;
Scotland in 2018.
Originally posted by Mark W-J Mark W-J wrote:

Really excited about both semi-finals. Sat should be a great advert for rugby - two teams looking to attack at every opportunity. Sun will be more attritional, one for the purists. You'll be able to count the number of clean breaks on one hand and defenders beaten on the other.

Anybody who has watched Wales over the last 12-18 months knows what to expect.  We keep it tight, go through the phases until the opposition give away a penalty and then immediately move it wide, either through the big pass (Cory Hill's try against England) or kicks to the wingers (almost every other try we've scored this year).  Is it attractive?  No.  Is it entertaining?  No.  Is it effective?  Well, a Grand Slam, 14 game winning run and a World Cup semi-final would suggest yes.  So why would we change now?  Does nobody remember 1991, when England won a Grand Slam and reached a World Cup final playing ten-man rugby and then inexplicably changed their style on the biggest occasion of the lot?

Thirty years ago our ambitions didn't stretch any further than beating England - and we didn't manage that very often.  Now we're winning Grand Slams on a fairly regular basis and within one score of reaching a World Cup final, despite having a squad that contains players who wouldn't even be first choice at a number of Premiership clubs.  We don't have the luxury of selecting two from May, Nowell, Cokanasiga and Watson, or two from Farrell, Tuilagi, Joseph and Slade.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Monkey Boy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Nov 2019 at 19:56
Box kicks are used because limited coaches want to coach them. A very instructive action tell tell tell, repetition, repetition, repetition.

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