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#Tactics

'The one thing we really take out of it is that we've got the game plan and the skill'
# Belief
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# Belief

'The one thing we really take out of it is that we've got the game plan and the skill'

Mar 30th 2021, 3:29 PM 10,412 Views 27 Comments

Munster senior coach Stephen Larkham feels the Pro14 final was “fairly evenly matched.”

Scotland expect 'the same kicking accuracy that you’d get with Murray'
# Box Kick
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# Box Kick

Scotland expect 'the same kicking accuracy that you’d get with Murray'

Mar 12th 2021, 3:36 PM 5,327 Views 10 Comments

Gregor Townsend feels Ireland’s strengths haven’t changed too much under Andy Farrell.

'It seems big teams get the big calls. Referees know all these players by first name' - Cavan boss
# Tactics
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# Tactics

'It seems big teams get the big calls. Referees know all these players by first name' - Cavan boss

Nov 17th 2020, 4:10 PM 8,363 Views 3 Comments

Mickey Graham says the lower division sides “aren’t cute enough” in trying to influence games.

Conor Murray only box kicked twice for Ireland against Italy. This is why
# Strategy
From The42
# Strategy

Conor Murray only box kicked twice for Ireland against Italy. This is why

Oct 25th 2020, 12:09 PM 50,950 Views 26 Comments

Ireland had encouraging variety in their kicking game as they beat Italy in Dublin.

Munster's Springboks-esque game plan a dispiriting sight for province's fans
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Munster's Springboks-esque game plan a dispiriting sight for province's fans

Sep 5th 2020, 1:17 PM 17,653 Views 26 Comments

The tactical approach from Johann van Graan’s side felt far too familiar as they came up short again.

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game
# Kick To Score
From The42
# Kick To Score

Analysis: How the Crusaders hurt the Hurricanes with their classy kicking game

Jun 22nd 2020, 7:30 PM 4,745 Views 1 Comment

Scott Robertson’s side used a variety of kicks to cause major problems in Wellington.

Farrell's Ireland have chance for a perfect start as Scotland visit Dublin
# Moving On
From The42
# Moving On

Farrell's Ireland have chance for a perfect start as Scotland visit Dublin

Feb 1st 2020, 7:00 AM 11,196 Views 14 Comments

The World Cup is in the rearview mirror as Johnny Sexton and co. bid to get up and running.

How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory
# Resurgence
From The42
# Resurgence

How Rassie Erasmus returned from Munster to lead the Boks to World Cup glory

Nov 3rd 2019, 5:12 AM 14,135 Views 9 Comments

The 47-year-old told his players they could lift the trophy 18 months ago.

'We're mixing it up' - Ireland steer clear of box kicks for now
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

'We're mixing it up' - Ireland steer clear of box kicks for now

Aug 29th 2019, 6:30 AM 11,048 Views 6 Comments

Joe Schmidt’s team have been experimenting with exits from their own 22.

Ireland defend themselves after Wallabies question 'blocking' tactics
# Escorting
From The42
# Escorting

Ireland defend themselves after Wallabies question 'blocking' tactics

Jun 19th 2018, 8:30 AM 15,874 Views 25 Comments

‘We didn’t feel like we did anything that any other team in the world isn’t doing.’

Schmidt seals status as Ireland's greatest ever coach with Grand Slam success
# Mastermind
From The42
# Mastermind

Schmidt seals status as Ireland's greatest ever coach with Grand Slam success

Mar 17th 2018, 5:45 PM 11,325 Views 28 Comments

The Ireland head coach’s class told once again as his side delivered a controlled performance.

Schmidt's Ireland show typically clinical edge from close-range against Scots
# Tactics
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# Tactics

Schmidt's Ireland show typically clinical edge from close-range against Scots

Mar 10th 2018, 5:26 PM 10,434 Views 23 Comments

The close-range set-pieces were crucial for Ireland as they set up a Grand Slam shot.

Video analysis: Schmidt's set-piece strikes and the "new breed" of Irish forward
# Tactics
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# Tactics

Video analysis: Schmidt's set-piece strikes and the "new breed" of Irish forward

Feb 3rd 2018, 8:10 AM 9,213 Views 9 Comments

The November Tests were extremely encouraging for Ireland from an attacking point of view.

Analysis: Ireland's poor preparation and tactics costs them against Denmark
# Woe
From The42
# Woe

Analysis: Ireland's poor preparation and tactics costs them against Denmark

Nov 18th 2017, 7:00 AM 5,846 Views 10 Comments

The Boys in Green’s World Cup dream died in humiliating fashion at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

'I was feeling that I need my bench but we had no bench' - Mourinho
# Excuses
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# Excuses

'I was feeling that I need my bench but we had no bench' - Mourinho

Oct 14th 2017, 4:33 PM 8,712 Views 22 Comments

The Red Devils boss also had a pop at his Liverpool counterpart after today’s 0-0 draw.

Analysis: How Down can get at Tyrone, the Red Hand's speedy counter-attack and the kick-out battle
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Analysis: How Down can get at Tyrone, the Red Hand's speedy counter-attack and the kick-out battle

Jul 16th 2017, 7:35 AM 1,960 Views 0 Comments

3 key tactical questions ahead of today’s Ulster final showdown between Tyrone and Down.

Finally, the rugby can do the real talking on this Lions tour
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Finally, the rugby can do the real talking on this Lions tour

Jun 29th 2017, 10:25 PM 15,513 Views 16 Comments

Warren Gatland and Steve Hansen have an intriguing tactical battle ahead.

Analysis: What will the first Test between the Lions and All Blacks look like?
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Analysis: What will the first Test between the Lions and All Blacks look like?

Jun 24th 2017, 1:00 AM 20,701 Views 25 Comments

Murray Kinsella takes a look at the key areas in today’s clash at Eden Park.

No surprises from the Lions' 'washing machine' but a major step forward
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

No surprises from the Lions' 'washing machine' but a major step forward

Jun 11th 2017, 10:00 AM 25,340 Views 21 Comments

The Crusaders were frustrated to get drawn into a kicking battle, but the Lions’ class showed.

'There is still a deep-rooted superiority complex with English football'
# Interview
From The42
# Interview

'There is still a deep-rooted superiority complex with English football'

Jun 4th 2017, 7:00 AM 7,769 Views 4 Comments

Football journalist Michael Cox chats to The42 about the evolution of tactics in the Premier League era.

'I want them to express themselves' - Gatland backs Lions to bring x-factor
# Warrenball
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# Warrenball

'I want them to express themselves' - Gatland backs Lions to bring x-factor

Jun 2nd 2017, 5:00 AM 5,531 Views 0 Comments

The Lions boss has split the tour into two parts in his planning.

Analysis: What will today's Pro12 final between Munster and Scarlets look like?
# Tactics
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# Tactics

Analysis: What will today's Pro12 final between Munster and Scarlets look like?

May 27th 2017, 5:10 PM 9,249 Views 4 Comments

The title decider at the Aviva Stadium should be an intriguing clash.

Attack, attack, attack - Mourinho's transformed Man Utd must not repeat Anfield Alamo act
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Attack, attack, attack - Mourinho's transformed Man Utd must not repeat Anfield Alamo act

Jan 14th 2017, 1:32 PM 5,716 Views 6 Comments

The Red Devils boss was criticised for being defensive against Jurgen Klopp’s men last time, only to see the attack change their season since then.

'If we do the same things we did last year, we won't be in the top six'
# Only The Start
From The42
# Only The Start

'If we do the same things we did last year, we won't be in the top six'

Aug 18th 2016, 6:30 AM 5,828 Views 8 Comments

Pat Lam’s Connacht know they will have to bring new attacking ideas into the mix.

Analysis: Australia's 1-3-3-1 shape looking to drag England series back
# Tactics
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# Tactics

Analysis: Australia's 1-3-3-1 shape looking to drag England series back

Jun 16th 2016, 5:00 PM 40,138 Views 7 Comments

Michael Cheika’s side are extremely difficult to defend against.

The42 Rugby Show: Stander's red, playmaking Marshall and Ireland without Sexton
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

The42 Rugby Show: Stander's red, playmaking Marshall and Ireland without Sexton

Jun 14th 2016, 9:15 AM 23,028 Views 17 Comments

Johne Murphy joined Murray Kinsella to look back on an historic weekend for Irish rugby.

Schmidt's biggest challenge yet is also an opportunity for Ireland
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Schmidt's biggest challenge yet is also an opportunity for Ireland

Jun 11th 2016, 7:00 AM 5,601 Views 10 Comments

There are many fascinating elements to today’s clash with the Springboks.

Analysis: Connacht's 2-4-2 a symbol of their collective drive under Lam
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Analysis: Connacht's 2-4-2 a symbol of their collective drive under Lam

Apr 18th 2016, 5:50 PM 43,923 Views 32 Comments

We take a look at the unity behind the western province’s continuing rise.

'Leicester players were afraid of Italian tactics'
# Looking Back
From The42
# Looking Back

'Leicester players were afraid of Italian tactics'

Feb 9th 2016, 2:58 PM 7,999 Views 8 Comments

The Foxes, who are now title favourites after beating Man City on Saturday, made a pre-season pact with Claudio Ranieri.

Schmidt: 'The game plan in the World Cup, I thought, served us really well'
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Schmidt: 'The game plan in the World Cup, I thought, served us really well'

Jan 28th 2016, 10:01 PM 9,489 Views 77 Comments

The Ireland head coach says his side don’t have just one set of tactics.

Analysis: Foley's Munster hit a new low with capitulation in Paris
# Failure
From The42
# Failure

Analysis: Foley's Munster hit a new low with capitulation in Paris

Jan 11th 2016, 3:06 PM 25,621 Views 62 Comments

Anthony Foley’s side were comprehensively beaten by 14-man Stade Français.

Munster's game plan won't change as Murray looks to ease fans' frustration
# Tactics
From The42
# Tactics

Munster's game plan won't change as Murray looks to ease fans' frustration

Dec 18th 2015, 6:30 AM 4,660 Views 9 Comments

The 26-year-old doesn’t think Ian Keatley needs special treatment this week.

'We know that Joe's game plans are going to work' - Ireland firm in belief
# PlayBook
From The42
# PlayBook

'We know that Joe's game plans are going to work' - Ireland firm in belief

Oct 6th 2015, 3:17 PM 5,504 Views 6 Comments

Ian Madigan is excited for Ireland to unleash some of the plays they have been holding back.

Celta Vigo used some pretty unsophisticated tactics to stop Suarez last night
# Robust
From The42
# Robust

Celta Vigo used some pretty unsophisticated tactics to stop Suarez last night

Sep 24th 2015, 4:18 PM 8,077 Views 10 Comments

Barca were on the end of a rare 4-1 defeat in La Liga last night

The Warriors and Rockets are going 'full small ball', and it's creating fascinating NBA chess
# Hoops
From The42
# Hoops

The Warriors and Rockets are going 'full small ball', and it's creating fascinating NBA chess

May 21st 2015, 8:25 PM 5,871 Views 0 Comments

We’re all about those Xs and Os.

Analysis: Munster and the Chiefs do damage with open-play mauls
# Tactics
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# Tactics

Analysis: Munster and the Chiefs do damage with open-play mauls

Apr 2nd 2015, 7:00 AM 6,413 Views 4 Comments

There were tries from the clever ploy in both the Pro12 and Super Rugby last weekend.

'Mickey Harte can f*** off and play behind closed doors if you're not in the business of entertainment'
# Destroying The Game
From The42
# Destroying The Game

'Mickey Harte can f*** off and play behind closed doors if you're not in the business of entertainment'

Mar 31st 2015, 12:01 AM 22,514 Views 48 Comments

Joe Brolly believes negative tactics in Gaelic football are destroying the game.

Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck
# Innovation
From The42
# Innovation

Analysis: Intelligent Chiefs push the boundaries by refusing the ruck

Mar 26th 2015, 6:30 AM 96,130 Views 24 Comments

This just doesn’t look right on first viewing.

Analysis: 5 keys if Joe Schmidt's Ireland are to beat France in Dublin
# Tactical Preview
From The42
# Tactical Preview

Analysis: 5 keys if Joe Schmidt's Ireland are to beat France in Dublin

Feb 14th 2015, 11:58 AM 15,397 Views 10 Comments

We look at the kicking game, Bastareaud, the breakdown, France’s maul and Camille Lopez.

Analysis: Munster's O'Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try
# Stepping Up
From The42
# Stepping Up

Analysis: Munster's O'Donnell announces Ireland arrival with superb try

Feb 9th 2015, 2:40 PM 8,937 Views 40 Comments

The openside flanker was on the end of a sweeping Ireland attack to seal victory for Joe Schmidt’s side in Rome.

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