Sunday 19 November 2017

'He watches too much video' - Luke Fitzgerald explains how Joe Schmidt 'manipulates' Ireland's rivals

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On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Luke Fitzgerald goes into detail about how Joe Schmidt finds weaknesses in an opposition defence.

Ireland are notoriously well-drilled under the Kiwi, and regularly exploit gaps with pre-planned moves - as happened last weekend.

On Saturday in Rome, an innovative set-play off a midfield scrum put Simon Zebo away down the left wing, an example of Joe Schmidt 'manipulating' an opposition defence.

Former Ireland international Fitzgerald joined Will Slattery for this week's Facebook Live (Watch below) edition of The Left Wing,  in association with Aer Lingus.

Every Monday during the Six Nations, The Left Wing features Luke's unique blend of analysis and opinion as he takes you inside the game to give an honest and informed assessment of the performance of the Ireland team.

On this week's show, Luke hailed the impact of Niall Scannell, the brilliance of Garry Ringrose while also dissecting the move that released Zebo.

"He [Joe Schmidt] watches too much video, he picks up on trends," Fitzgerald said.

"We talk about manipulating players, what an opposition coach does is try and set players up in positions to get you to go into positions that he wants you in, so he can capitalise."

Watch The Left Wing below, with Fitzgerald analysing the Zebo break from the 10 minute mark:

Six Nations coverage on The Left Wing, in association with Aer Lingus, the Official Airline to the Irish Rugby Team.

To be in with a chance to win an official Irish Rugby Jersey, signed by the team, thanks to Aer Lingus, see here

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