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Six Nations nearly men Scotland and why the numbers do lie.
Guest blogger (and ardent Scotland fan) Tweetsport tries to discover why her beloved team are so low in the Six Nations table when the figures would suggest otherwise and asks “Head vs Heart, can Scotland beat the French?”
My heart rules my head, always has, so maybe that explains why I am a Scotland fan. It certainly isn’t for the trophies we win! It’s never been easy following my country’s team in any sport, but the rugby squad at the moment are proving very difficult to love.
Despite LineoutCoach Gavin Hickie’s best efforts, there is a part of me which still thinks rugby is a made up sport. 15 big guys run at 15 other big guys to see who can get a weird shaped ball across a line? Really? And the tight tops are because…? The Scotland Team under Andy Robinson which has taken to the field so far in the 2012 Six Nations clearly seem to be making it up as they go along.
Looking at the Six Nations table after two matches, I’m hoping someone doesn’t know their ‘ascending’ from their ‘descending’ and really Scotland are flying high in this year’s championship. Unfortunately I have seen the matches, and I can confirm the data is correct.
Losing to the English in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand was bad enough but losing the opening match against them (at home!) when they were a completely new England team with little or no international experience and a new manager also marked the end of the unbeaten record at fortress Murrayfield against the ‘auld enemy’ in the Calcutta Cup. The shame was enough to drive Dan Parks into retirement.
Then came Wales and 9 minutes of madness that saw the sin bin occupied and the Welsh score at will. Things were not going to plan. It was ok, the Welsh had apparently forgotten how to kick. Then Leigh Halfpenny remembered. Damn you Halfpenny!
We Scots look for the smallest glimmer of hope and I think you’ll find that despite the lack of points, tries or victories the other Six Nations stats tell a very different story.
So here are 5 reasons why I still believe the Flower of Scotland can send those French homeward tae think again in this years Six Nations.
1 Six Nations Lineout
I am reliably informed that lineouts win matches. No one appears to have told the Scots because they are top in nearly every Six Nation stat but have yet to win. 96% of lineouts won with Richie Gray top of table with 11, hookers Ross Ford 17-1 throws won, Scott Lawson 4-0. Pretty healthy Gav, nothing much you need to work on here.
|Lineouts Won||Scrums Won|
|Six Nations Player||Team||Mins||Lineouts Won||Lineout Steals|
|Six Nations Player||Team||Mins||Throws Won||Throws Lost|
2 Six Nations attacking options
Scotland can in fact claim 7 of the top 10 places in the Six Ntaions most carries table. Clearly none of them involved carrying the ball over the try line as they failed to feature in the tries table top half.
|Six Nations Player||Team||Mins||Carries|
3 Six Nations metres gained and defenders beaten
Rory Lamont at 239m is top player and there are 3 others in the top 10. We also have 4 of the top 6 defenders beaten. So if we know which direction the line is in and we can avoid people stopping us getting there, how are we losing Six Nations matches?
|Six Nations Player||Team||Mins||Metres gained|
|Six Nations Player||Team||Mins||Defenders Beaten|
4 Six Nations Tackles
The Scots are equal top in the number of successful tackles with 93%. Only problem is they share that Six Nations success rate with the French. But still, it’s good right?
|Tackles||Missed||Tackles %||Pens Con||Turnovers Con|
5 Six Nations Superman
The name on everyone lips, well rugby pundits watching Six Nations matches at least, is Dave Denton, Scotland’s new number 8.
The exciting young Zimbabwean, born of a Glaswegian mother, plays his team rugby for Edinburgh and has had 35 carries so far this tournament, gained 117 metres and won man of the match in the Six Nations match against England despite being on the losing side.
Hey, a win is a win! I’d rather have ‘Dents’, ‘Dento’, ‘Double D’ on our side, that’s for sure.
How can you argue with numbers like that? Somehow the Scotland team keep defying these odds and snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the Six Nations and we may well be in for a “gubbing”* by the French. (*Scottish word for badly beaten to the point where you just want to give up and go home. We use it a lot when talking about Scottish teams.)
Much praise has been heaped on the new players coming through and there is a lot to look forward to but they need to start learning to win. I believe they can. Ok, so maybe it’s more in hope than expectation but sport isn’t about logic, it’s about passion.
I love Scotland – first, last, always – so it’s really too late to change now. I’ll always be #backingblue , even if at times they are a bit pants!
Scotland Captain and Hooker Ross Ford shared his new pants (underwear) with Twitter.
Note: I didn’t sit with a pen and calculator, Six Nations stats by Opta Sports!
Tweetsport.co.uk is a real-time sports site covering rugby news and other things which involve balls and scores.
Created by a girl. Who knew?
Six Nations – the best in Europe meet to compete for the coveted title.
It is that time of year again! The Six Nations is here and you can see all the highlights of every game right here on LineoutCoach.
The Six Nations is a tournament steeped in tradition, national pride and top quality rugby. Each year throws up a surprise result and the Champions are rarely decided before the final week of games. Last year saw England claim the title but a year is a long time in rugby and their performance at the World Cup sees a new team and coach face the auld enemy, Scotland, at Murrayfield in the opening match.Catch all the action here on LineoutCoach
Who will win this year’s Six Nations Championship?
Will it be Rugby World Cup Finalists, France?
Some fresh faces in the squad and new direction under Phillipe Saint-Andre gives France a very good chance of winning the Grand Slam.
Six Nations Player to watch: Captain and World Player of The Year – Thierry Dusautoir
World Cup semi finalists, Wales will also fancy their chances of winning the Six Nations tournament. Wales have some very exciting, fresh talent emerging. Players like Toby Faletau, Alex Cuthbert and young captain, Sam Warburton will all become very familiar names over the course of the 6 Nations.
Six Nations Player to watch: George North
Ireland will still be hurting from that Rugby World Cup defeat to Wales and will want to set things straight. The absence of skipper, Brian O’Driscoll gives a great opportunity for a fresh combination in the midfield for this Six Nations. Fergus McFadden will wear the 13 jersey against Wales. McFadden is well capable, but has some big rugby boots to fill!
Six Nations Player to watch: Stephen Ferris
Scotland appear to have been a team in transition over the recent seasons and I am expecting big things from them in the near future. Scotland’s record points scorer, Chris Patterson retired after the Rugby World Cup. His presence will be missed but Scotland have a dynamic and exciting team for this years Six Nations. Hooker, Ross Ford takes over captaincy. Expect a big upset…
Six Nations Player to watch: James Hamilton
Italy will continue to improve in the Six Nations. Their historic win over France last year will give them renewed belief in this year’s tournament. Teams always know that they face a very tough battle against Italy. Let’s hope new Coach Jacques Brunel can build on the great work of departed Coach Nick Mallett.
Six Nations Player to watch: Martin Castrogiovanni
The rugby world are watching England very closely. The World Cup and all the antics that went with it are in the past. For better or worse, the majority of the management, the captain and some familiar faces have been replaced. England start with a clean slate for the Six Nations and must be allowed time to gel as a squad. World Cup 2015 will be held in England and the 4 year building cycle has already begun.
I am excited to see the new look England…
Six Nations Player to watch: Chris Robshaw
Six Nations Fixtures
|4th February||France v Italy||Stade de France|
|4th February||Scotland v England||Murrayfield|
|5th February||Ireland v Wales||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|11th February||France v Ireland||Stade de France|
|11th February||Italy v England||Stadio Flaminio|
|12th February||Wales v Scotland||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|25th February||England v Wales||Twickenham, London|
|25th February||Ireland v Italy||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|26th February||Scotland v France||Murrayfield|
|10th March||Ireland v Scotland||Aviva Stadium, Dublin|
|10th March||Wales v Italy||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
|11th March||France v England||Stade de France|
|17th March||England v Ireland||Twickenham, London|
|17th March||Italy v Scotland||Stadio Flaminio|
|17th March||Wales v France||Millennium Stadium, Cardiff|
Six Nations action gets underway. Looking forward to a classic.
Gavin Hickie, The LineoutCoach, is a former Ireland, Leinster and Leicester rugby player now based in California and taking rugby to the USA. He writes for RugbyMag.com and other publications when not coaching for Belmont Shore and blogging on lineoutcoach.com
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The 2011/12 Heineken Cup is up and running. The main surprises to date have been Northampton’s disappointing form in the competition as well as Ronan O’Gara’s incredible match winning drop goals!
Due to the layout of the competition, teams will play against each other twice over the next two weeks. This always promises to be a season defining period for many of the competing teams.
Lineout Coach picks from Round 2
Castres Olympique 24 27 Munster
Unbelievably, Munster’s fly half, Ronan O’Gara scored another last minute drop goal to win the game for his side. Munster are looking dangerous and with O’Gara’s current form, I expect them to beat the Scarlets. Unfortunate news about the injury to Munster winger, Doug Howlett broke this week. Howlett will miss the rest of the season, but this gives the exciting Simon Zebo a chance to shine.
Gloucester 9 – 28 Harlequins
‘Quins are on fire this season. I have huge respect for Harlequins after the club endured a tough few years. Connor O’Shea deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround in Harlequins’ fortunes but so too do the players. The ‘Quins squad are a tight bunch of guys and the news of winger Ugo Moyne signing a new contract this week, will have given the whole club a boost. Harlequins sit top of the Aviva Premiership with 10 wins out of 10. Huge challenge awaits them over the next 2 weeks as theyface the mighty Toulouse.
Heineken Cup Results – Round 2
|Pool 1 Castres Olympique 24 – 27 Munster
Northampton Saints 23 – 28 Scarlets
Cardiff Blues 24 – 18 London Irish
Edinburgh 48 – 47 Racing Métro 92
Leinster 38 – 13 Glasgow Warriors
Bath 16 – 13 Montpellier
|Pool 4 ASM Clermont Auvergne 54 – 3 Aironi
Leicester Tigers 20 – 9 Ulster
Benetton Treviso 26 – 26 Ospreys
Biarritz 15 – 10 Saracens
Gloucester Rugby 9 – 28 Harlequins
Connacht 10 – 36 Toulouse
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Heineken Cup Fixtures
Friday, 9 December 2011
Cardiff Blues v Edinburgh, Pool 2, 20:00
Harlequins v Toulouse, Pool 6, 20:00
Ulster v Aironi, Pool 4, 19:30
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Castres v Northampton, Pool 1, 13:30
Connacht v Gloucester, Pool 6, 13:30
Racing Metro 92 v London Irish, Pool 2, 15:40
Saracens v Ospreys, Pool 5, 18:00
Scarlets v Munster, Pool 1, 15:40
Treviso v Biarritz, Pool 5, 13:30
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Bath v Leinster, Pool 3, 12:45
Clermont Auvergne v Leicester, Pool 4, 15:00
Glasgow v Montpellier, Pool 3, 12:45
Friday, 16 December 2011
Biarritz v Treviso, Pool 5, 20:00
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues, Pool 2, 20:00
Ospreys v Saracens, Pool 5, 20:00
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Aironi v Ulster, Pool 4, 13:30
Gloucester v Connacht, Pool 6, 15:40
Leicester v Clermont Auvergne, Pool 4, 13:30
Leinster v Bath, Pool 3, 18:00
London Irish v Racing Metro 92, Pool 2, 15:00
Montpellier v Glasgow, Pool 3, 15:40
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Munster v Scarlets, Pool 1, 12:45
Northampton v Castres, Pool 1, 15:00
Toulouse v Harlequins, Pool 6, 15:00
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Aironi v Clermont Auvergne, Pool 4
Glasgow v Leinster, Pool 3
Harlequins v Gloucester, Pool 6
London Irish v Cardiff Blues, Pool 2
Montpellier v Bath, Pool 3
Munster v Castres, Pool 1
Ospreys v Treviso, Pool 5
Racing Metro 92 v Edinburgh, Pool 2
Saracens v Biarritz, Pool 5
Scarlets v Northampton, Pool 1
Toulouse v Connacht, Pool 6
Ulster v Leicester, Pool 4
Saturday, 21 January 2012
Bath v Glasgow, Pool 3
Biarritz v Ospreys, Pool 5
Cardiff Blues v Racing Metro 92, Pool 2
Castres v Scarlets, Pool 1
Clermont Auvergne v Ulster, Pool 4
Connacht v Harlequins, Pool 6
Edinburgh v London Irish, Pool 2
Gloucester v Toulouse, Pool 6
Leicester v Aironi, Pool 4
Leinster v Montpellier, Pool 3
Northampton v Munster, Pool 1
Treviso v Saracens, Pool 5
Gavin Hickie, The LineoutCoach, is a former Ireland, Leinster and Leciester rugby player now based in California and taking rugby to the USA. He writes for RugbyMag.com and other publications when not coaching for Belmont Shore and blogging on lineoutcoach.com