Back to the day job of the league and we are not the run in with people trying to figure out who will make the playoffs. It’s going to get a bit disjointed as we flip between the league and Europe over the next 6 weeks. Anyway here are my predictions for round 18 of the Aviva Premiership. Continue reading
Let’s hope the round has a little less controversy and we can concentrate on the rugby. Here are my rugby predictions for round 7. Continue reading
We are a third of a way through the regular season and so no more excuses about slow starts or early season rustiness. Here is my review of the round 6 action. Continue reading
It was fitting that the final would be a thrilling match after all the 6 Nations games this weekend. It went right down to the final whistle, here is my review. Continue reading
Wow what a day of rugby that was! A scoring fest as the sides knew that it was all going to come down to points difference. Here is my review of the 5th and final round of games from the 6 Nations. Continue reading
Sharing Sunday: A post from a few weeks ago but still a good reminder about playing smarts and discipline.
Originally posted on Ned Davy and The Order of The Black Heart:
One of the cliches that commentators used to reach for was “the top two inches”. Maybe it doesn’t sound as good in metrics.
The idea is right though, that smarts is what separates the best from the pack of physically-capable players. The ability to see the situation, analyse the options, and do the right thing, all in a micro-second.
Then there are the players whose personnel files should be stamped “Darwin Contender”. Who, more or less frequently, see the situation, analyse the options, and do exactly the wrong thing. In a hyper-physical sport such as rugby, this especially applies to discipline.
The opportunities for little or big nudges, prods, pops and hits mean the individual has to constantly be thinking about where the line is between competing and penalty. Ma’a Nonu used to be one such player when playing for the Hurricanes. You could count on him to give away…
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It’s gone down to the final weekend, all the talk of deciding games has proved to be premature. Here are my predictions for the final round of games. Continue reading