Analysis of attacking play during a line-break in rugby union.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The main purpose of this study was to assess the angle changes made during an attacking run during a line-break. The player's movements were analysed using both SportsCode and Dartfish software to maximise the context to which each line-break was to occur. The SportsCode software was used to label each instance so that the environment that each line-break took place in could be mapped. The Dartfish software was used to track the movement patterns of the attack and defence so that they could then be measured. Each angle change and distance measurement was taken and logged into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Prior to any data collection taking place a reliability study took place to ensure that the results produced were reliable. The results of the study suggested that the in general the attacking players changed angle between 16.90° and 34.10° which conflicted to similar research. When assessing the context of each line-break it was discovered that 50% of the line-break occurred when there was a distance between the defenders of 5.94 metres to 10.62 metres. This suggested that there may be a link between line-breaks and defensive organisation and that this may be an area for further research. It was concluded that due to the limited amount of research into this area further analysis would be required to confirm the results of this study with alterations to ensure that all variables are accounted for.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT COACHING
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