I have now been to see two WCC matches (St Helens vs Auckland and
Warrington vs Cronulla). In both cases I have been struck by how much
smaller the Aussie/NZ teams have looked compared to the ESL teams (well I
am used to seeing the Bulls every week!). So how are they winning so
They play simple rugby very very well
1) Their tackling is so well organised the European teams hardly ever make
a bust. Notice how quickly they come up at each tackle as an evenly spaced
line (there is seldom more than 2 metres between the front and back of the
2) In attack they always back-up runners and very rarely knock on.
3) They are very fit and very fast(I said it was simple!)
This is all down to good coaching of the basics.
So how do we beat them?
1) The starting point has to be tight defence. Unfortunately this only
comes with time so the ESL teams had better start practising!
2) In attack teams like Wigan and Bradford will have to use the power (and
weight) of players like Simon Haughton, Paul Anderson and Jon Scales to
wear down the defences and then the indivdual skills of players like Jason
Robinson, Tony Smith and Robbie Paul to create breaks.
3) Pay the Ref vast sums of money!
Teams other than Bradford and Wigan should concentrate on point 3.
Hopefully this posting will go out of date in the next few hours as Wigan
narrowly beat Canberra and the Bulls thrash the Panthers - we will see!
Anybody got any better ideas? (someone....please?)
<*><*> Come on you Bulls!