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Performance analysis of passing and tackling in rugby.

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Sam Cullen 1204 Mr Cassel PE TALK The phases I will be using to analyse my performer will be: * Preparation * Execution * Results * Recovery * Over all efficiency The main strength I observed during my analysis of performance was passing and tackling. Preparation: The performer has adopted a good body position by placing their hands straight out in front of them to create a target in preparation to receive the ball. The performer's feet are also positioned shoulder width apart with the outside foot facing the ball and the inside foot behind it. This creates a stable and functional body position to receive the pass. The positioning of the arms is crucial as it can help to move the ball away from contact efficiently and effectively. The positioning of the feet can also give the performer an advantage over the defence as they can easily and effectively sidestep the opponent or quickly change directions to draw their opposite number creating much needed gaps in defence. Execution: Now the performer is in the correct body position the execution of the pass can be assembled. Firstly if passing the ball to the right raise the right elbow just below shoulder level, then with the left elbow brings it inwards towards the ribs making sure a firm grip is placed on the ball. Once this position has been adapted, push the ball briskly across the upper torso keeping your arms out straight in front of you to assure optimum accuracy of the pass. Recovery: Once the pass has been executed the performer should follow the ball and try and hit new running lines creating more gaps in defence and greater options for his team mates, however, this can change quickly due to the environment as his team mate that has received the ball could have either dropped the ball or been tackled immediately. ...read more.


Also when committing to mauls it was clear that his weight and power were not sufficient to make a difference to this area of the game. To improve this factor when defending the a maul the performer could change the positioning of his body to create a stronger more sturdy framework to prevent players driving through easily. Action Plan: A noticeable weakness in the performer was his inability to offload the ball into contact. When the performer did this he would take the contact and wrap his arms around the ball rather than looking to free the arm and execute the offload. This could be due to a lack of communication with his fellow attackers or just poor execution of skills. To improve this weakness I would get the performer to visually learn how to execute an offload through the use of a video. This would allow the performer to paint a mental picture and have a great technical model to follow efficiently, fluently and consistently. A good example the performer could observe would be the All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams. Williams Consistently hits his target when offloading and execute the offload with great fluency and efficiency. To further improve the weakness of offloading in this performer's game I would start him on a six week programme which would focus solely on his offloading. This would take place 25 minutes before his normal training which is twice a week so he could still focus on his other team skills. I would give the performer a variety of skills to practice each week to prevent the training from becoming monotonous. After this period he should have moved into the autonomous stage of learning so therefore he will hopefully be able to apply these skills into his game and improve it no end. The first week I would get the performer to warm up by doing some basic handling drills, for example, running lines of four doing simple hands down the line. ...read more.


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