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Re: "That is the blueprint for Bath"
Posted by: opti
Date: 08/01/2018 15:35
Healey irritates the hell out of me - but then I think that's the point of Healey. The one who i can't stand is Ben Kay. His forensic dissection of every single micro-aspect seems to say that the entire game of rugby has been invented technically in a coach's mind, the 10,000-repetitions-rule carried out on the training ground, and then mechanically executed on match-day. It's as if every single player is Geoff Boycott, when the reality is half of them are David Gower and they've given less thought as to how a piece of skill happens than they have to their next Instagram post.

Having said that .... I did think that two Sarries players - Schalk Burger and Farrell - 'executed' a skill in a very premeditated manner yesterday. Both of them carried the ball to the line with the ball in two hands and then made as if to tuck the ball in to take into contact, only to flip it out one-handed with their right hand coming over the top of the ball. It's not a new skill as such - but it's usually something spontaneous that happens as a player is being tackled and they free an arm. They both used it very deliberately to draw the tackler towards them, but offloaded it just before contact. I might be imagining it, or may have completely missed it happening several hundred times before, but it felt like something they'd rehearsed - a variation on the George Ford delayed pass.

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