Wallabies – It’s Time For A Fightback! Part 5 - Green and Gold Rugby

Wallabies – It’s Time For A Fightback! Part 5

Wallabies – It’s Time For A Fightback! Part 5

Today I’m going to look at how the Wallabies can set up a platform for attack in general play.

During the series against Wales and the first two matches against the All Blacks the Wallabies haven’t seemed to be attacking in general play with any consistency. They keep chopping and changing — from pick-and-drive to structured slow ball, to same-way attack, to an emphasis on kicking, to throwing the ball around from deep in their own territory.

It may be that the Wallabies are trying to be unpredictable with their attack but the disadvantage to these variations in attack philosophies within each match is that at times some of the players look like they’re not certain what’s coming next. Being a little predictable is better than not having all your players working together.

We all know the forwards have to get the ball over the gain line and provide quick ball for Will Genia if the Wallabies are to threaten opposition defensive lines.

As I showed in this article after the series against Wales the Wallabies have recently been very disorganised in attack.  In that series it often appeared that the team had hardly trained or played together.

I think the Wallabies have got to set a base attacking philosophy for the forwards that they use for the majority of times they’re attacking. This would allow the playmakers to leave the forwards running the base pattern until an opportunity arises and they call for the ball. The Reds have shown over the last three years in Super Rugby that this approach works very well.

What should that base attacking pattern be? It works best if your base pattern is simple and is something you’re already using – there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.

One thing I don’t want to see the Wallabies doing more of is using structured slow ball as I detailed in this recent article.

The following video shows the pattern I believe the Wallabies should adopt as their base pattern.

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It’s not rocket science, is it? This pattern is used by plenty of schoolboy teams, it’s used in club rugby and it’s the base pattern the Reds use. Whilst it may be very simple it’s very effective when all your players know what’s coming next.

As you can see from the video the Wallabies are already using the pattern and it’s been working, so why not use it more and develop it so the Wallabies forwards can get the ball over the gain line more than they currently do?

Part 6 of my series will cover the Wallabies’ defensive performance.

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen

    Great viewing & love the analysis.

    Personally the slow ball just frustrates the hell out of me and all I see happening with it is that the opposition gets plenty of time to reset their defence.

    I usually prefer to avoid following trends of other teams but I have to say the AB’s offloads in the forwards have really caught my attention.

    If our handling under pressure was better I’d like to see us go there to speed things up & catch the defence napping.

  • RJ

    Im sorry but I just dont see any attacking cohesion amongst the team. As an avid reds supporter who watches every game three times, I can see their game plan in motion and even sitting in the stands/watching on tv I know what the reds are going to do phase after phase. Its poetry in motion. It is so obvious that every player in the reds knows what everyone else in their team is doing.

    No one in the wallabies knows what anyone else is doing. They all look confused.

    This is not the players fault. I’d be confused too if my boss spoke to me in riddles.

  • Chucka

    I played for a club in the Townsville comp that recently adapted a similar game plan (we went 15-15) and as a fat useless prop (my own admission) knowing exactly which way the play was going made my job easier and more enjoyable. It didn’t matter if the opposition knew where we were going we were already set for the next play and scoring points was easy (when the backs could catch).
    Surely the wallabies coaching staff can see this when rewatching games if we can……..

  • johnny-boy

    Could be worse I suppose. Please don’t, as suggested yesterday, analyze the Wallabies kick offs and receipts, which the kiwi commentators have previously had a good laugh at as well. How much embarassment and humiliation can a koala bear ?
    Perhaps you could call this series – Naked Wallabies.
    McKenzie must be looking at these (and he is :))and thinking geez I could really do something with this team with the right players and some real coaching – instead of “just play whatever the hell is in front of you or do whatever you like because I have no idea and don’t care and at
    the Crusaders the players knew more than me anyway. I was just there to calm (dull?) their insecurities in case the aussie teams got organised or excited or the boks got jiggy. Wh cnt ye grsp tht ?”

  • johnny-boy

    What most rugby followers don’t realise is that kiwi coaches are now crippling other international teams by stripping them of their national indentity and passion and particular style of play and trying to teach them to play a kiwi style of rugby, that the All Blacks know and aren’t scared of and can more comfortably deal with. It’s when you take the All Blacks on with something they are not used to that they panic and freak out. The international infiltration of coaching by kiwis is just another insidious form of their insecure manic obsession with cheating to win.

    • redteam

      Let me guess jb the reds and mckenzie could of beat the abs rite?your patriotism is clouding your judgement.dont read too much into things the answers rite in front of us.poor,weak players

    • skyblue

      Yeah ok jb believe what you like. Not going to fix our problem

  • ooaahh

    Scott interesting in the offloads from game one is the similarity to how the Pumas played in game 2 of theirs against the Safas. Except they did it better in support and basic catch and pass skills. They didn’t even have to move it more than a metre width ways at a time and it paid dividends.

    As a former half back I can also attest to having play go in one direction and knowing that you’ll have runners. It speeds your team play up and provides assurance and game comfort.

  • sarina

    Insecure manic obsession with cheating to win!!!!!!!! Hahahahaha

  • p.Tah

    Hang on a minute, what’s that at the 1:50 mark, 4min 30 seconds into the start of the game ? Is that Genia leaving the ball at the base of the ruck for an eternity? Is that Genia pointing and telling the forwards to wait when they’re already lined up allowing the ABs defense to set again? 20m out from ABs line. Counter ruck… Turn over. Who would have thought?

  • TBoy

    Why when I click on the thumbs up “Pay That” does nothing happen? I’m using Chrome but that feature doesn’t work?

  • Mart

    Hahaha. pause pause pause. Kieran read picking the ball up from the base of our ruck at 39seconds….hahaha

    No penalty WTF!!!!!!!!

    • Patrick

      Not sure it was a penalty, ball arguably out – our fault for not friggin using it!!

      I’d actually rather that if Genia looks up and there’s nothing immediately suitable, he defaults to pass in front of QC who can, at worst, boot for touch.

      Better than hanging around waiting to get hammered in the next play if not lose it before that.

      • Pedro

        Agree. This is what made Larkham so good. He could make the best of a bad situation. Using the boot, passing or crash balling behind the ruck.

        • Chucka

          That and Owen Finnegan was usually on his hip ready to take a hit up……. None of the wallabies fowards seem to want to get out and give the 10 an option

  • pants

    Interesting to note that when we got over the gain line and had the play going towards the same side, the AB defenders running backwards were running towards the ruck, creating massive space out wide. If only our backs could get set up and Genia would pass it to them. We always seem to miss the opportunities when they are there.

    I’m a massive Genia fan but i can’t stand it when he leaves the ball in the ruck for an eternity. Nothing good ever comes of it. It should be put in the same basket as chip kicks and cross field kicks to the winger (which always miss their mark and either go out on the full or get caught by the opposition backs who then have an overlap).

  • stinger

    Excellent article again Scott. Good rugby is pretty simple. I think the WBs sometimes ‘overthink’ it or certainly make it more complicated then it needs to be. I agree with many posters about the offloads being important – if you have a set structure (or base) of 3 runners round the corner then you can spend your hours at training practicing some variations between these 3 (eg cross overs, switches, short passes, etc). In terms of being too predictable look at the really good teams. ABs – we know what they are gonna do but they’re so good at it we can’t beat them. Look at the Storm in the NRL – everyone knew/knows what their plays are but they run the effectively & over & over again and eventually you crack.

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Scott is one of our regular contributors from the old days of G&GR. He has experience coaching Premier Grade with two clubs in Brisbane.

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