Investigating lineout performance between the top and bottom four English Premiership rugby union teams in the 2016/17 season

MIGDALSKI, Adam and STONE, Joseph (2019). Investigating lineout performance between the top and bottom four English Premiership rugby union teams in the 2016/17 season. International journal of performance analysis in sport.

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Abstract

This study investigated lineout performance between the top and bottom four English Premiership rugby union teams during the 2016/17 season. A season long review was conducted analysing all of the top four (n = 1152) and bottom four teams’ (n = 1124) lineouts. Findings showed the number of tries scored originating from a lineout play for the top four teams’ (1.57 tries per match) was higher in comparison to the bottom four teams’ (1.10 tries per match) (p < .05). Lineout success did not change between the top (87%) and bottom (85%) four teams (p > .05). However, the top four teams were more effective in stealing opposition possession at a lineout (17%) compared to the bottom four teams (9%, p < .05). Additionally, top four teams showed a more forwards orientated style of play using binding actions (top = 62%, bottom = 56%, p < .05) and maul formation (top = 55%, bottom = 47%, p < .05). These results suggest coaches should focus on analysis of opposition tactics in lineout play in an aim to develop effective strategies to steal opposition possession at a lineout.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/24748668.2019.1570459
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2019 13:55
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 11:45
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/23772

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