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Analysing my rugby skills and elite players.

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Physical Education - Coursework My sport of choice is rugby. Area of assessment 1 (Attack) - Left hand spin pass whilst sprinting, passing it long to left hand teammate. Self analysis - during a game of rugby passing left is a basic and key skill. My right hand is my stronger hand and a right hand pass is carried out with ease and the stages of making the pass are autonomous. However with a left hand pass I seem to be at the associative/verbal motor stage with a success rate of around 50%. My weakness starts at the preparation phase, the ball should be by my right hip with a relaxed flexion of the elbows. However, when preparing to do a left hand pass the ball is more near my torso, rather than beside it. Just before the pass is executed, the ball should travel across my hip line and as my elbows extend, a rapid abduction of the wrist should give it the correct angle of release. ...read more.


During the execution phase your body should move quickly to transfer your weight from your back foot to the front foot. Using both hands, release it with a flick of the wrist and fingers. Your arms and hands should end up pointing towards your target. Having the right technique results in a fast and accurate pass. Area of assessment 1 (attack) - joining maul following a line out catch. Self analysis - there is a big area of weakness in my mauling. As i join the maul my angle of attack is all wrong. Preparation - The flexion of my back around a frontal axis at my hips should be angled so that my shoulders are above my hips, contracting my trapezi and latissimus dorsi to keep my back and shoulders straight and firm, preparing for impact. However my angle is rather obtuse not optimizing the advantage of having a good angle. Slight flexion of the knee joint gives a chance of extending to give more of a push when making contact of the maul. ...read more.


Professional comparison - James Haskell James Haskell - my choice of situation for my comparison to a professional is the match- England V Ireland in the six nations 19-03-2011. His position number 7 - flanker - a maul formed after Dillan Parksley enters contact. Two English players are there already forming the maul. At a light sprint pace Haskell prepares for the maul by flexion of the knee joint giving eccentric contraction of the quadriceps and lowers his shoulder for a perfect angle of entry. He also abducts the shoulder to give a wide reach so that he can bind onto other players. Places his head in a gap so that the shoulders bare the shunt and the weight is distributed and handled by the contraction of the quadriceps and the extension of the knee joint. Rapid movement of the legs are essential, as Haskell is moving his legs as if he is sprinting. This results in a good forward momentum and pace. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ben Spencer ...read more.

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