ANALYSIS OF THE TACTICAL KICKING STRATEGIES USED DURING THE 2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
MetadataShow full item record
The objective of this analysis was to determine whether selected kicking performance indicators (PIs) revealed any convergence in playing trends or KICKING strategies between the top eight placed sides and the bottom eight placed sides of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The paucity in empirical research comparing the kicking strategies of sides during the Rugby World Cup highlighted a potential niche to which original research could be contributed. An overall mean average of 47 kicks per game was calculated for the games analysed. The study’s most significant finding was that the top eight teams averaged 15% more kicks per game than the bottom eight teams as the higher placed sides averaged 51 kicks per game whilst the lower placed sides averaged only 38 kicks per game. There was little difference between the kick success rates of the teams with the top eight ranked sides averaging 71% kick success rate whilst their lower ranked counterparts averaged 72% kick success rate. The majority of the kicks (42%) were made from the centre of the field from their own halves, and both sets of teams kicked the ball up field into the oppositions half (75%) with the majority of the kicks being struck towards the touchlines on both sides of the field (76%). It was also found that sides are more likely to kick from kick receipts or turn over’s than any other type of possession. In summary, this study shows that international competition that include teams from all nations are unlikely to show significant statistical kicking differences between the top placed sides and the bottom placed sides. Although the top placed sides are likely to kick more frequently than the lower placed sides.
Showing items related by title, author, subject and abstract.
Mainwaring, Kyle (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014)Within modern day sports, a great amount of emphasis is being placed on potential methods of improving performance. One potential method within performance is time motion analysis. One possible method used for conducting ...
Gregory, Scott Andrew Paul (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2017-06-01)The purpose of the present study was to assess the dietary adequacies of semi-professional rugby league players backs in comparison to forwards and comparisons to their RNI. Eight (4 backs; 4 forwards) male rugby league ...
Briggs, Kirsty (Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014)Aim: Therefore the aim of this investigation was to identify the relationships between jump height on a trampoline and measure of lower limb strength and power. Method: Eight National level trampolinists were recruited ...