Comparison of Successful and Unsuccessful Forward Play during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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Due to the growth in participation and performance within Rugby Union, combined with the demand of team success has resulted in performance to be analysed (Jones et al., 2007). Franks and Miller (1991) found in a study of 45 international level soccer coaches where they only recalled 45per cent of the key incidents in the game correctly (O’Donoghue, 2010). Further studies such as Franks (1993) cited in O’Donoghue (2010), conducted an experiment of experienced and inexperienced gymnastic coaches to have an overview of how they perceived two performances. The study found that experienced coaches were no more accurate to the inexperienced coaches in reporting and justifying why the performances were different. As a result of these findings from such studies it is crucial that coaches do not rely on memory and eyewitness accounts of player and team performances, as unreliable and inaccurate observations can allow a coach to negatively impact the players as well as the coaching process. During this experimentation the primary focus consisting of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Which according to Van Rooyen et al., (2010) is one of the pinnacle moments in a rugby players career as is only played once every four years. An in depth analysis will consist of eight teams, combining a total of 43 games. The aim of the study is to identify the comparisons of both successful and unsuccessful forward play, and determine whether this has an impact on their overall standings within the competition. Due to recent finding it is evident that teams who have an overall successful forward play, has an increasingly significant outcome in their final tournament standings. New Zealand’s superiority from retaining possession from set plays, also their tight defence had an instrumental impact on their performance and success.
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