Hello again, everyone! In this series of posts, which I’ve rather unimaginatively called ‘How it was Scored’, I’m going to be taking a really close look at how great tries are, well… scored. I’ll be picking apart how certain moves are planned, engineered and executed, hoping to give you an insight into how they function.
When Jared Payne was withdrawn halfway through Ireland’s plucky 27-24 defeat of Australia back in November, the signs were worrying for all present in Dublin. Even setting aside the fact that Robbie Henshaw was absent after a Same Cane hit against the All Blacks, Payne in many ways had become Ireland’s defensive general, and to lose him came as a blow.