Sunday 22 September 2019

Tactics talk: Conway's work ethic rewarded with scintillating try

 

As soon as Joey Carbery gets the ball, Conway (red) is already on the move and runs a line (yellow) back into heavy traffic in midfield.
As soon as Joey Carbery gets the ball, Conway (red) is already on the move and runs a line (yellow) back into heavy traffic in midfield.

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Last Thursday, Andrew Conway spoke publicly about his frustration in letting a golden opportunity to impress in Chicago pass him by.

The winger was starved of possession against Italy but by his own admission, he didn't look enough to make himself involved in the play.

But the elusive Munster flyer had spotted a major mismatch with two front-rows – tighthead Paul Mullen and hooker Joe Taufete’e. Conway (red) doesn’t need a second invitation to make the pass to Rhys Ruddock on his outside and then crucially make that run (yellow) through the two forwards, who have been badly exposed.
But the elusive Munster flyer had spotted a major mismatch with two front-rows – tighthead Paul Mullen and hooker Joe Taufete’e. Conway (red) doesn’t need a second invitation to make the pass to Rhys Ruddock on his outside and then crucially make that run (yellow) through the two forwards, who have been badly exposed.

"I need to be better at coming off my wing - bossing work and moving lads around and getting my hands on the ball," he said.

Conway certainly did that against the USA on Saturday as he scored his second hat-trick of his professional career. His first try was a snapshot of exactly what he meant by coming in off his wing and trying to make something happen rather than waiting for it to happen.

Ireland have scored a variety of cracking tries this month and this one was their reward for looking to play the ball from deep rather than playing for territory. There has been a shift in that mentality throughout November and the attacking rugby has been a joy to watch.

Ruddock’s (green) footwork is sublime and look at how Conway (red) has continued his support line on his skipper’s inside. Again, it leaves the covering defender in no man’s land and Ruddock has the acceleration to power away.
Ruddock’s (green) footwork is sublime and look at how Conway (red) has continued his support line on his skipper’s inside. Again, it leaves the covering defender in no man’s land and Ruddock has the acceleration to power away.

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By this point, Conway (red) has run a superb switch line (yellow) onto Ruddock’s (green) outside, which isolates Will Hooley (blue). From here, it’s all about the timing of Ruddock’s pass but for a player of his quality, that was never going to be an issue as he puts Conway over for a stunning free-flowing try.
By this point, Conway (red) has run a superb switch line (yellow) onto Ruddock’s (green) outside, which isolates Will Hooley (blue). From here, it’s all about the timing of Ruddock’s pass but for a player of his quality, that was never going to be an issue as he puts Conway over for a stunning free-flowing try.

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