Anatomy of a try video analysis - Kurtley Beale

Anatomy of a try video analysis – Kurtley Beale

Anatomy of a try video analysis – Kurtley Beale

Kurtley Beale, whilst never quite delivering at 10, has brought a passing game to 12 that has drawn out the best in Bernard Foley. Beale has allowed Foley to concentrate on the basics of the outside half  position, safe in the knowledge he has options outside him. Foley’s solid game management has in turn allowed Beale to float, do what he does best and open defence’s with clever runs and big drifting passes that bring runners into the gap.

Previously we looked at Foley’s try in the Super 15 semi final (here), but in the June test series against France two tries really caught my attention. Nick Cummins and Kurtley Beale’s in the first test.

Cummins try was exceptional for it’s complexity, a strike move with runners coming from everywhere. Beales try on the other hand particularly stood out for a couple of reasons. The first Beale’s excellent pass, the second his support running, but also the fact that all the dummy runners in the first wave are forwards who seamlessly interlink and hold the French defence enough to create the opportunity for Kuridrani to make the break.

Beale works well when he’s allowed to pull a defence where he wants them to go, at 12 there is less need for him to hold the defenders and he can identify the space and exploit it and he does this perfectly here.

It’s also worth noting that the try comes from a turnover by way of a poor kick from France, who sinfully surrender valuable possession not once but twice in the whole sequence without ever relieving the pressure being placed on them. The difference in work rates from the two teams is also quite telling and something I believe really illustrates the different mindsets the two teams took onto the field.

  • Wanabe Wallaby

    Does this not also display that Kurindrani DOES have attacking ability?? Why pick horne over him..

    • nebby

      AAC was picked over Kurindrani, not Horne. Kurindrani is too slow for the wing and Horne’s defense is a big plus out wide.

      • Wanabe Wallaby

        From what i can see Horne is playing and Kurindrani isn’t so therefore i would say they he was dropped for horne, a non-specialist winger, great idea…

        • topgun

          AAC is a real class act and his position IS outside, Kurindrani’s attack is lacklustre at international level.horne has been amazing for the Tahs(on the wing) this year and has been picked on form not reputation

        • RubberLegs

          Tah fans have waited a really long time for Horne to become “amazing.

        • topgun

          and now he is… did kurindrani even go on?

  • Graeme

    Great stuff. I hope the Dead Ball Area becomes a regular on G&GR

  • wilful

    Nice video, thanks. But how about a voice-over instead of text. I read faster than some, it seems like a long while on the text. But some freeze frames while talking would be great!

  • Cameron Mee

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an Englishman living in France, Graeme runs the Rugby Analysis website He coaches in his spare time, is an IRB qualified coach and you can catch him on twitter lazily re-tweeting other peoples comments.

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