Comparative analysis on the areas of the field and its influence on the outcomes of turnovers and kick receptions.
University of Wales
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Match analysis in rugby union has rarely focused on the ability of teams to react to a particular situation such as the turnover or a kick reception. Performance indicators were selected with the intention of identifying actions that occurred following a turnover (origin, initial response, distance gained and outcome) and a kick reception (initial response, distance gained and outcome). Games from the Welsh Principality Premiership were selected with turnovers (n=400) and kick receptions (n=400) each being exported ready for detailed post match analysis using Sportscode. Sasaki et al. (2007) recognized that the success of each individual team was the relationship between the defensive performance and turnover situations. Sasaki et al. (2003) also stated the importance of the turnover in possession during his research by identifying that the top teams, for every one turnover they produce, they would certainly produce one point. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationships between the areas of the field, and the success rates of each turnover produced as a result of a various indicators. Non-parametric statistical analysis tests were used the Freidmans and the Wilcoxon’s exploratory test which reported significant differences for origin, initial response, distance gained (p<0.05), but failed to find any significance for the outcomes (p>0.05) for both sets of data. An overview of the analysis showed that the initial reactions from turnovers which happened in the amber defensive (44.81%) were more likely to be kicked (26%), pass (23%) and run (20.9%). In comparison, the initial reaction from a kick reception (55.9%) within the same amber defensive zone, kicked (31%) and passed (23.1%). In conclusion, teams were more likely to change the point of attack when they turnover ball (amber defensive), with comparison to being prepared to gain territory through the use of the boot when received a kick within the same area of the field.
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