Analysis of attacking play by successful and unsuccessful international teams in the mens 2003 rugby world cup
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This research seeks to analyse the attacking strategies of successful and unsuccessful intemational rugby teams within the Rugby V/orld Cup for men, 2003. By utilising post match video analysis techniques and a specifically designed hand notation system attacking performances vrere recorded. Eight international teams were selected for this research, all of who were analysed across 3 games. Four teams represent successful sides, England, Australia, New Zealand and France and four unsuccessful, Argentina, Fiji, Samoa and Italy. Teams were analysed according to: try scoring ability, origin of tries, quantity of phases and possessions, lineout options, penalty options, quantities of passes, runs and kicks, kicking options, ability to cross the gain line, ball retention and width of attack' Statistics referring to the comparability of the two categories of teams were produced. The results of this research illustrate that successful teams ouþerform their less successful counterparts across aî an:ay of attacking variables. Successful sides pass and nm more frequently, kick more accurately, cross the gain line more regularly whilst retaining possession and exploiting width in attack. The decision making associated with penalty options performed by these successful sides is directly related to position and points, which is not a characteristic of their less successful counterparts. Surprisingly, the unsuccessful teams scored considerably more tries than the successful teams. This research has presented an insight into the various attacking strategies employed by successful and unsuccessful teams. It suggests there is no single attacking component that influences the success of a team, rather a compilation of components and variables. The author proposes that certain aspects of the research system can be further advanced and there are numerous feasible future related studies.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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