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Breaking the dominance of the New Zealand team in Super Rugby Trans Tasman

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While the tournament is not over yet, with four rounds of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman having passed, we can firmly say that the New Zealand teams have far outperformed their Australian counterparts in various aspects of the game.

Let’s move directly to the relationship we can establish between the number of attempts and the points in dispute. In the first round, Rebels-Blues gave an exaggerated measure of the game’s strengths.

The match ended 50-3 in favor of the Blues and netted a 47-point lead: to date, Trans-Tasman’s largest margin. In the same order, he is followed by a 36-point margin in favor of the Highlanders in their clash against Warata.

With an average of 35 points, the spreads are in favor of the New Zealand team. On average, the differences between the Australians, who counted on the Reds and Brumby’s victories, come out at -5 points – it’s a hard picture to bear, isn’t it?

New Zealand teams have boosted their performance since the inception of Trans-Tasman.

If we take the last Super Rugby Aotearoa as a parameter and focus on the result of the fixed configurations, we see that there will not be much difference in terms of effectiveness, as the lines and matrices have remained fairly stable.

But when working on the breakdown, we’ve seen clearly improving activity with a 2 percent improvement between the two leagues.

The state of control and stability of the game from the contact showed its most obvious aspect of the effectiveness relationship between the occasions when the opponent’s line of 22 was crossed and the number of attempts converted on such occasions.

The average is 55.3 percent effectiveness for New Zealanders, versus 39.7 percent for Australia. The chart below shows the distribution of this relationship among the New Zealand teams.

Following the standardization of Trans-Tasman’s contact positions, New Zealand teams’ progress in attack phases that can move into the following Test matches for the All Blacks (versus Italy and Fiji combined) should focus around line states and scrum as platforms.

But let’s get back to the situation again. In some comments on HadeerI pointed to the overwhelming control of the match from the collapse of the New Zealand teams, as they lost the ball every 30 to 16 that the Australians took.

Is it possible that the different physical preparation of the side has such a shocking result, or is it simply the abilities and skills that each player is endowed with?

In this breakdown, the Blues are clear leaders, leading the way with 37 successful balls before handing control of the ball to the opponent and reinforcing the principle of continuity in the game, a fact that contrasts with the 15 control games offered by the Rebels. .

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With only one game left and aiming to position themselves on a vibrant finish, the Blues, Highlanders and Crusaders are contenders for the first Trans-Tasman title.

In the meantime, Australian clubs must work to bridge the gap between them and the New Zealanders in the best possible way.

Nobody promised them a rose garden…

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