Try scoring analysis of the 2011 Rugby World Cup
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to anaylse the build up of the tries scored during the 2011 Rugby World cup to identify any key trends or patterns. All tries during the competition (n=262) were analysed and coded using SportsCode Elite package (Version 8.5.2). Footage was gathered from ITV of each game then the tries were cropped and placed into a database. A clearly defined set of performance indicators was established to analyse performance. Each individual try was analysed using the code window including all the performance indicators, the time for each final possession was also added as a label during the capturing process. The procedure tested reliability using the Kappa levels of agreement as suggested by Altman (1991). The introduction of line breaks into the study based on previous suggestions proved to be important with results showing 45% of all tries involved a line break that led to a try being scored. Initial origin analysis showed that almost an equal amount of tries were scored from the try scoring teams own half (34%) and the oppositions 22m – try line (32%). Own set piece possession as hypothesised proved to be the most fruitful source of possession with 47% of tries beginning with either the try scoring teams own scrum or line out. This study contributed to existing knowledge with many of the performance indicators, however with the inclusion of line breaks and the results this indicator achieved it is clear that it has a big impact on the act of try scoring. Further analysis should be done on the defensive team against the try scoring possessions to identify links between kick returns, turnovers and line breaks with regards to an un-organised and out of position defence.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
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