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Igoe's Analysis: 6 Takeaways From A Frenetic First Week Of The Autumn Internationals

Igoe's Analysis: 6 Takeaways From A Frenetic First Week Of The Autumn Internationals
By Brett Igoe
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There were wins for Ireland, France, Scotland, Italy, Argentina and New Zealand as the autumn internationals kicked off on Saturday.  A look at how the weekend went and the talking points after week one. 

Stats Alert

It makes for some intriguing reading to quickly scan the statistics provided on the Autumn Nations Series website. In comparison to their opponents, winning teams kicked more, had less penalties, and won more lineouts.

Try of the Round, nay try of the year

Australian centre  Lalakai Foketi, scored what was unquestionably the round's best try. This length of the field effort may even be try of the year.

Rassie’s ranting again


Rassie Rasmus keeps teasing World Rugby through his online engagements. His most recent cryptic post revealed a lot about his feelings regarding why South Africa lost against Ireland on Saturday. The footage emphasised several instances that the referee might have overlooked and that helped Ireland score their second try.



What happened to South Africa’s kicking game?

On Saturday, the South Africans' once-famous and-feared kicking game self-destructed as they committed error after error. On Saturday, a strategy they typically utilised to tighten the noose and put their opponents in a vice-like grasp failed them. The loss of Pollard, who could have steered the ship for them, has caused them much problems in this department. 

All hail the Centurions

What a fantastic achievement  it was on Saturday for both Conor Murray and the official Wayne Barnes. Both men have given so much to the game, and their excellent accomplishments were rightfully recognised.

Smart Set Piece Attack Thinking

The set piece strike play, a skill that had been lost in recent years, has made a comeback in the last 12 months in international rugby. Finally, attack coaches have realised that the set piece is when there is the greatest open space on the field. The strategy used by Emiliano Boffelli was directly taken from the Leinster playbook that Felipe Contepomi brought to Argentina.

Rio Dyer marked his debut with an epic starter play try against New Zealand. The Dragons player showed great pace and timing to get his first international try. 

Ben White scored one of the easiest tries you will see which looked like an unopposed training run try. Fiji struggled to deal with the sniping scrum half 

SEE ALSO: Owen Farrell Got Roasted In His Post-Match Interview After Argentina Loss


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