Effective attacking strategies in rugby union

Wheeler, Keane W., Askew, Christopher D., & Sayers, Mark G. (2010) Effective attacking strategies in rugby union. European Journal of Sport Science, 10(4), pp. 237-242.

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Evasive change-of-direction manoeuvres (agility skills) are a fundamental ability in rugby union. In this study, we explored the attributes of agility skill execution as they relate to effective attacking strategies in rugby union. Seven Super 14 games were coded using variables that assessed team patterns and individual movement characteristics during attacking ball carries. The results indicated that tackle-breaks are a key determinant of try-scoring ability and team success in rugby union. The ability of the attacking ball carrier to receive the ball at high speed with at least two body lengths from the defence line against an isolated defender promoted tackle-breaks. Furthermore, the execution of a side-step evasive manoeuvre at a change of direction angle of 20–60° and a distance of one to two body lengths from the defence, and then straightening the running line following the initial direction change at an angle of 20–60°, was associated with tackle-breaks. This study provides critical insight regarding the attributes of agility skill execution that are associated with effective ball carries in rugby union.

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ID Code: 46345
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Rugby Union, Agility, Match Analysis, Ball Carries, Try Scoring
DOI: 10.1080/17461391.2010.482595
ISSN: 1746-1391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > HUMAN MOVEMENT AND SPORTS SCIENCE (110600)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 European College of Sport Science
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [European Journal of Sport Science, 10(4), pp. 237-242]. [European Journal of Sport Science] is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 07 Oct 2011 03:28
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 16:46

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