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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sevens video highlights on the 'web - and other tactical guides

Mark was suggesting on Sunday that you might gain from watching some sevens. I've been looking around and the best video seems to be England vs New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games final (you need RealPlayer).

Its just highlights - so unfortunately you do not see very much of the passing and build up that Mark was talking about as you might like - but there is still a good nine minutes or so of action here, and some useful things to note...

  • 0:48 Kick-off. New Zealand immediately recover the ball from their own start, nearly scoring straightaway as a result - and indeed they do score shortly afterwards.
  • 1:53 England win the restart this time, move the ball quick through hands across the pitch, and score.
  • 3:15 New Zealand find the left wing crowded - but rather than trying to breakthrough physically they stop, pass back (giving up some ground) - and then move the ball quickly across the field to find space. And score.
  • 4:07 Making tackles is important!
  • 5:59 A masterclass in making space by selling dummies from the New Zealand No. 5.
  • 6:59 As at the start again, dealing with the restart properly is essential. New Zealand recover their own restart - and this time they do score.
  • 8:25 Move the ball around until a gap appears...

There are also some interesting highlights of the pool games - watch out for the neat bit of thinking - and clever little kick - by the one of the Niue Islanders against Scotland.

Meanwhile if you want to read something, there is a lot more on tactics here.

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