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In his first Jersey interview confirming

27 Nov 2017 at 06:47pm
In his first Jersey interview confirming

Those who assume this has been just another routine autumn of Test rugby have not been paying Mike Vernon Jersey sufficient attention. France failing to beat Japan at home, Scotland sticking 53 points on Australia, Ireland hammering South Africa 38-3, Romania defeating Samoa … not only have there been some eye-catching results but it has proved a difficult November for defence coaches.

Scotland’s three home fixtures against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia produced 28 tries, 16 of them for the home side. The All Blacks, in scoring five tries to two in a frantic game in Cardiff, burst through the 500-point barrier for the calendar year, making them the first team ever to do so in consecutive years. Chris Archer Authentic Jersey The stylistic trend is universally faster, snappier, more dynamic: up-the-jumper dinosaurs are now formally extinct.

There is only one catch. To play the “new” Test rugby requires a palette of skills and a battery of pace not yet possessed by every team. Eddie Jones has been emphasising this reality for some time; why attempt Authentic Kyle Turris Jersey to take on New Zealand at their own, broken-field game when his English players are more traditionally suited to taking them on at closer quarters? He has a point but rare nowadays is the victorious Test team which fails to score at least three tries.

In 19 Tests involving Six Nations sides this autumn – Wales still have South Africa to play outside the international window on Saturday – 14 of the 18 winning sides satisfied this modern requirement. The exceptions, aside from France’s 23-23 draw with Japan in the new U Arena in Paris which has placed their head coach, Guy Novès, under more pressure, were Italy’s win over Fiji, England’s dour effort against Argentina, Wales’s grind against Georgia and South Africa’s /a> scrambled success over France. Bad weather, underfoot conditions and officiating can all have an impact but a pattern is emerging: sides without a serious cutting edge will be exposed sooner or later, regardless of their goal-kicking.

Under Gregor Townsend Scotland have embraced this onrushing reality more enthusiastically than anyone, cheerfully abandoning the doom-laden cellar they have inhabited for much of the professional era. Happily they appear to be relishing the challenges of Test rugby again and their results are improving accordingly.

In Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and the sharp Huw Jones they have more than enough speed and guile to make all their 2018 Six Nations opponents slightly apprehensive.

With /a> Ireland – 10 tries scored, five conceded – and England enjoying unbeaten autumns, it makes for a tantalising tournament. /a> Why bother obsessing over New Chuck Bednarik Authentic Jersey Zealand’s visit to Twickenham next autumn when Jones’s team are due at Murrayfield in February? The Calcutta Cup showdown is shaping up as a definitive test for both sides, with England’s optimum XV still not entirely established. England’s autumn return of 13 tries scored and three conceded, however, is even better than Scotland’s in terms of scoreboard dominance. With Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell and, perhaps, Manu Tuilagi lurking in the wings, there is definitely further improvement in them. /a> /a> /a> /a> /a> /a> /a>

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