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Analysing Performance.

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Introduction

2 Brief Introduction to Participant Name of Player - Scott Williams Activity - Rugby Position - Open-side flanker & vice-captain Amount of Time Playing the Activity - All of life, played for a team for six years Awards - 10-a-side league winners in 1997-98 season 12 Important Skills/Techniques Needed To Play Open-side Flanker Open-side flanker is a forward situated in the back row. The number an open-side flanker wears is no.7. A decent flanker must be able to: * Possess all-around rugby skills * Demonstrate speed * Show excellent tackling skills * Prove ball-winning and retention skills * Manage advanced tactical decision-making skills (back-row players will have their hands on the ball quite a lot) As in any position, commitment is a definite if you are serious about playing rugby. If you are committed to the team then your skill and ability will increase making you have a better all-round game. In my position, you must be extremely fit. Stamina must be at peak level to perform well in this position because you must be the first to rucks and mauls to make sure the ball is won. The scrum-half depends very much on the open-side flanker as it is my duty to protect and support the scrum-half when he has the ball. 13 The open-side flanker tends to do more running than the blind-side flanker. This is because I have to cover more of the pitch than the blind-side flanker. If we lose a scrum, then the man that I have to tackle is either the scrum-half, no.8, or the outside-half depending on which side of the scrum the ball goes. Seeing as a flanker is in the forwards, strength is very important as well. A flanker should also be reasonably big to be able to put in the tackles if they run from the scrum but unfortunately I am still quite short but thanks to my strength I can still cope with other players running at me. ...read more.

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23 Saturday - Rugby match A home game against Ysgol Strady gave me another chance to prove myself for the firsts and I think I played quite well. I had a whole game in my preferred position and it was nice to be on the winning side for once. I made all my tackles and actually came close to scoring twice. We beat Ysgol Strady by eight points which was a good win. 16 Weaknesses I think that my main weaknesses are my fitness, tackling and my passing. My fitness is the worst so I am looking to build on that the most but I always make my tackles but I think that I need to put a lot more strength into them. I will do this by going to the gym and building my muscles by using the weights. My passing can be improved by practising to pass off my right. My fitness is actually quite poor. I still manage to put in a good performance for most matches but I still feel that if I improve my stamina I will improve my performance by a lot more. Although my passing is very accurate and fast off my left, I still need to improve my passing off my right. I think that since I joined the senior team my passing off my right has improved but I think that my passing should be good which ever way I pass. Although the main thing is to make my tackles, which I do, I would also want them to really know about my tackles by making them a lot harder and stronger. Although this is not crucial, it would be a very beneficial improvement to me. Different types of training methods I could use could be continuous training, fartlek training, isotonic weight training, circuit training (I would use fixed load circuits) and I would also use callisthenics. ...read more.

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There are different varieties of pass, including the flat, direct spin pass; the short, close-quarters pop pass; and the floated pass - a long pass which an advancing player can run onto at pace. Kicking: Kicking forms a major part of rugby and is used to start and restart the game, score points, win territory, launch an attack or get a team out of trouble (known as a clearance kick). If the ball is kicked directly into touch by a player from behind his own 22m line, the resulting lineout is taken where the ball crossed the touchline. But if he is outside his 22, the lineout is taken level with the place from where the ball was kicked (except in the case of penalties). Players must be behind the kicker for all set-piece kicks, such as kick-offs. But if a kick is made in loose play, then players can be in front of the kicker, although they must not advance towards the ball until the kicker has put them onside by moving in front of them. Players use a wide range of kicks, such as the high, hanging up-and-under/garry owen/bomb; the end-over-end grubber kick; or the speculative chip-and-chase. 10 Tackling: Only a player in possession of the ball can be tackled. American football-style blocking is not allowed. A tackled player must release the ball after he hits the ground. Neither he nor the tackler can play the ball until they are on their feet. It is illegal to high tackle above the shoulders, or to "spike" a player by deliberately upending him onto his head. The same goes for the late tackle - taking the player after he has passed or kicked the ball. It is also illegal to punch, gouge, stamp on or kick another player. Heavy tackles are colloquially known as dump tackles, while an attempt to prevent the ball being released quickly is sometimes called a smother tackle. 1 Contents Contents.............................................................................1 Brief Introduction to Participant.................................................2 Rugby...............................................................................3 The Rugby Pitch..................................................................11 Important Skills for my Position...............................................12 Strengths...........................................................................14 Weaknesses........................................................................16 Six Week Training Programme................................................17 My Improvements...............................................................24 Factors Affecting Performance.................................................25 ...read more.

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