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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

USA v England - judge for yourself

Video from last night's USA v England is now available at (check the videos on the right of the screen). It is bitty and annoyingly it freezes at exactly the same points that live feed did, so you can relive what live viewers lived! Even so, you can judge for yourself how harsh (or not) my review of the game was.

One final puzzle, though. Will some coach explain to me what the thinking is behind the deep kick down the middle of the field? Kick to touch I understand, but what the heck is this all about? All it does is give away possession to the opposition, while also allowing them to run back at you. England's first try - and arguably USA's too - came possession kicked away in this way. USA even adopted this tactic in the dying seconds, kicking the ball away when holding onto it made way more sense.

Similarly what is it with deep sevens-style restarts - again allowing the opposition to gain possession unmolested and then run it back?

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