Ep. 13: So How Did Saracens Beat Leinster? Heineken Cup Breakdown and Pro14 Semi-Final Previews

If you’re after an in-depth analysis of just where Saturday’s Heineken Cup final was won, look no further than this week’s podcast! With Chris (somewhat annoyingly) spot-on with his predictions, we look at exactly how Saracens broke Leinster down, compare the styles of both plays, and have a good few debates about rucks along the way. We then turn to the business end of the Pro14 season, and predict exactly which way those crucial matches will turn.

Analysis: Joey Carbery’s Play Shows the Benefits of a Creative Full-Back

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In the wake of Ireland’s disappointing defeat to Wales midway through the recent Six Nations championship, much was written about Ireland’s over-reliance on Johnny Sexton as the side’s sole playmaker. When Sexton was on the field, the opinion pieces went, they were too reliant upon him; when he was off it, the side looked lost for ideas.

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Analysis: Do Ireland Need a Second Playmaker?

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Is a problem shared really a problem halved? In rugby terms, it’s a divisive issue.

Should a coach pick a second playmaker at centre? Is it best to have a barrel-chested ball-carrier outside your fly-half, or another pair of gentle hands? A man o’ war, or a metronome? There are several schools of thought in answering these questions, and these were on full display during last weekend’s Six Nations fixtures.

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Analysis: Ireland’s Defensive Decision-Making and the Return of Andrew Trimble

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When Jared Payne was withdrawn halfway through Ireland’s plucky 27-24 defeat of Australia back in November, the signs were worrying for all present in Dublin.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.

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