Bob Dwyer - 6/8 - Green and Gold Rugby

Bob Dwyer

  • All Blacks
    Dwyer’s View: Boks cop another hiding

    In the words of the New Zealand commentator, the Springboks were given ‘a good old-fashioned bath’ by the All Blacks, to the tune of 40 points to 7 in Wellington last night. In their first two Tri Nations matches this under-strength Springbok team have conceded 79 points to 27, including 11 tries...

  • Video analysis: Ben Alexander try

    In my Coaching Manual I say that ‘Attack is not about scoring tries. Attack is about “asking questions of the defence”.’ Counter-attack is the same, if we can get ‘enough players quickly back behind the ball to present a number of possibilities for our attack.’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0ObYodspAE In this excellent team try, finally scored...

  • Dwyer’s View: Wallabies Take Must-Win Test Match With Style

    The Wallabies went into Saturday’s Test against a depleted Springbok lineup with a ‘must win’ imperative, so victory alone was never going to be enough. To convince themselves – and the rest of us – that they are the real deal, they had to be dominant. That they did! To convince the...

  • Rugby
    Video analysis with Bob Dwyer: Kane Thompson Try

    Samoa played well against Australia on Sunday. This was not simply a team of wonderfully gifted athletes...

  • Samoa
    Dwyer’s View: Samoa Climb Another Mountain

    The tiny Pacific Islands nation of Samoa humbled the might of Australian rugby yesterday at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Yes, humbled! Because the scoreline of 32–23 and four tries to two does not do justice to the superiority of the visitors. Thirteen of Australia’s points came when Samoa were reduced to 14...

  • Queensland Reds
    Dwyer’s View: Reds Super Rugby Champions 2011

    Last night at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, the Queensland Reds completed one of the great turnarounds in world sport by winning the massively competitive Super Rugby competition for 2011. After finishing near bottom in 2008 and 2009, they completed their rise to the top by defeating hot favourites Canterbury Crusaders by 18...

  • Northern Provincial Rugby
    Dwyer’s View: Reds Brilliant, Crusaders Irresistible

    The Reds were brilliant in their disposal of the Blues at Suncorp Stadium, with Quade Cooper and Rod Davies probably the brightest of the bright. The Crusaders simply shut the Stormers out of the match at Newlands and were dominant in all phases of the game. The fact that both losing teams...

  • Dwyer’s View: Waratahs and Sharks bow out

    The Waratahs and Sharks both travelled to New Zealand on the weekend for the first round of the sudden death play-offs for the Super Rugby title. The Waratahs were massively, almost unbelievably, under-strength due to injuries and were over-powered by a resurgent Blues team, while the Sharks were unable to stem the...

  • Dwyer’s View: Waratahs stand up, at last

    The Waratahs, with the most miserly defence in the Super Rugby competition, added an outstanding attacking display to totally overwhelm the Brumbies by 41 points to 7. They scored five tries to a solitary last-minute consolation try for the Brumbies. Waratahs fans have waited a long time for this sort of attacking...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Dwyer’s View: When the Going Gets Tough…

    At the business end of the SupeRugby season the going certainly gets tough but, rather than the tough getting going, it’s the talented who are coming to the fore. Pretty much across the teams, it’s the world-class players who are lifting and giving their team that winning edge. Some of these players...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Dwyer’s View: Memo to Jamie Joseph – Pride Cometh before a Fall

    A couple of weeks back, Jamie Joseph, ex-All Black and the Highlanders’ first-year coach, was quoted as belittling the Australian Super Rugby teams: ‘they’re like schoolboy games’ compared to those featuring South African and, of course, New Zealand teams. He is a new boy at this level of coaching, but he will...

  • Queensland Reds
    Dwyer’s View: Reds Take Another Huge Scalp

    The Queensland Reds held onto top spot on the Super Rugby table with a thrilling last-minute win over the Canterbury Crusaders in front of an ecstatic full house at Suncorp Stadium this afternoon. Following their earlier home victories against competition big guns Blues and Bulls, and a stunning away win over the...

  • Heineken Cup
    Dwyer’s View: Leinster joins the greats

    There’s a whole lot of rugby being played at the moment. In the south, the Super Rugby tournament is entering the final lap leading in to the play-off series. In the north, the Aviva and Magners premierships have played their semi-finals and the European finals – both the Amlin Challenge and the...

  • Northern Provincial Rugby
    Dwyer’s View: Reds at top after a weekend of upsets

    Pretty much the happiest teams in the Super Rugby competition, this weekend, were those with the bye. The Sharks, Waratahs and Western Force each picked up four points – same as for a win – while on the pitch, favourites were going down like nine pins. It’s hard to choose the biggest...

  • Super Rugby
    Dwyer’s View: What a win!

    Away from home, against the best that the South African conference can offer, and you’re without your two very best players – arguably the world’s two best players – and your starting scrum-half and both your starting locks and your regular bench prop – all of them All Blacks. This was the...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Dwyer’s View: Aussie teams off pace, but squad firming

    All five Aussie franchises played in the Super Rugby tournament on the weekend and just one of...

  • Dwyer’s View: Significant results, but are teams playing better?

    There were a few Super Rugby matches played this weekend that carried more significance than just the table points normally available. The competition had reached the halfway point and already some fancied teams were in danger of slipping off the list of likely finalists. Others needed to prove to themselves and their...

  • NSW Waratahs
    Dwyer’s View: A Tale of Two Teams

    Rugby appears, on the surface, to be a complex game. The ball remains in play through the...

  • Dwyer’s View: Super Rugby Tells a Story for Top Nations

    The current IRB rankings show the SANZAR nations in the top three spots: New Zealand on top, then Australia and then South Africa in third – indeed this order has been consistent for some time now. The Super Rugby provincial competition between these nations is therefore hugely significant in assessing the potential...

  • NSW Waratahs
    Dwyer’s View: Making Mistakes!

    Of all of the questions that I get over the season from fellow coaches, the most common...