Sunday 24 September 2017

Peter Bills: Brain drain hurting the modern game

Peter Bills

Statistics, statistics -- in a politician's hands, they invariably end up as damn lies.

But even so, some interesting stats emerged from last weekend's Six Nations rugby matches. If accurate, they contain a highly-significant message for the game worldwide.

In the Ireland v Wales game in Dublin, Wales completed 187 passes and achieved just one line break. We saw an endless procession of passing the ball backwards and forwards across the field in front of the Irish defence with hardly a single moment of straight running or penetration that broke the defence.

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