Match Analysis

We take a look at some of the best games from around the world and analyse the key areas in each teams performance, to help the reader better understand the game of rugby. Our aim is to help you think about why teams are doing what they are doing, and how they are winning (or losing!), so you can expand your rugby knowledge, or put it into practice on the field yourself.

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions Third Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions Third Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions and the All Blacks played out a thrilling series decider at Eden Park in what will go down as one of the most tense and greatest Lions matches of all time.

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Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - Second Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - Second Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

At times it looked like the Lions had confounded their progress in this fixture with ill discipline, but they stayed strong to the last, securing an incredible victory that brings the test series level.

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Match Analysis: Hurricanes v Lions

Match Analysis: Hurricanes v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Hurricanes and the Lions played out an often frantic, but ultimately exciting game of end-to-end rugby in Wellington that kept fans on the edge of their seat right through to the final whistle. Join us as we take a look at the key areas of the game.

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Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - First Test

Match Analysis: All Blacks v Lions - First Test

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The first round of the three test series falls in New Zealand’s favour after a dominant performance from the All Blacks pack allows them to control the game and finish comfortable winners. Join us as we analyse the key areas of a game that portrayed rugby at its finest.

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Match Analysis: Chiefs v Lions

Match Analysis: Chiefs v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions continued to build towards the first test of their tour with a strong win over the Chiefs. Join us as we analyse the key areas that defined the game, and gave the Lions their win.

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Match Analysis: Maori All Blacks v Lions

Match Analysis: Maori All Blacks v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions registered their greatest ever victory over the New Zealand Māori, beating them by 32 points to 10. Join us as we analyse the key aspects of the sodden match in Rotorua.

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Match Analysis: Highlanders v Lions

Match Analysis: Highlanders v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

The Lions fell to their second defeat of their tour against a high tempo and determined Highlanders side, who managed to overturn a deficit of nine points to win the game by twenty-three points to twenty-two.

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Match Analysis: Crusaders v Lions

Match Analysis: Crusaders v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

Off the back of a defeat against the Blues, and against a side who have been scoring tries for fun this year, the Lions put in an incredible defensive display to come through and beat the Crusaders by twelve points to three.

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Match Analysis: Blues v Lions

Match Analysis: Blues v Lions

British & Irish Lions · Match Analysis

After a laboured opening victory, the Lions would be hoping to set their mark on this second game of their tour with an improved performance. Having had time on the ground, and the opportunity to work alongside each other in earnest, fans could certainly expect a good game of rugby, with the hope of another Lions victory.

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Match Analysis: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Match Analysis: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs

Aviva Premiership · Match Analysis · Tactics Handbook

Having finished the regular season tied on points at the top of the table, Wasps and Exeter delivered one of the most exhilarating finals that the tournament has ever seen. Join us as we take a look at the highs and lows of the game and its climatic finish.

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Match Analysis: England v Italy

Match Analysis: England v Italy

Six Nations · Match Analysis

Connor O'Shea pulled a tactical masterstroke that kept Italy in this game for over 60 minutes, and proved everyone who thought England would walk all over Italy wrong.

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Match Analysis: Gloucester v Saracens

Match Analysis: Gloucester v Saracens

Aviva Premiership · Match Analysis

Both teams came into this game off the back of defeats, and both would be looking at this fixture as a key turning point for their respective seasons. An astute tactical game plan and strong defence from Gloucester went up against a Saracens team capable of beating anyone on their day.

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Match Analysis: Wales v England

Match Analysis: Wales v England

Six Nations · Match Analysis

A try in the dying moments of the game gave England a victory over Wales in a match that neither side ever really had control of. Dogged defence, hard work at the breakdown and plenty of mistakes made this one of the greatest fixtures in Six Nations history. Join us as we take a look at the key areas that defined the outcome of the game.

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Match Analysis: Bath v Northampton

Match Analysis: Bath v Northampton

Aviva Premiership · Match Analysis

Bath and Northampton clashed at The Rec in one of their biggest matches of the season. Bath would be looking to cement their place in the top 4 and Northampton would be looking to usurp them. Previously low scoring affairs, this game broke the mould; a strong first half from Bath was matched by a change in tactics from Northampton in the second and combined to produce one of the Premiership games of the season.

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Match Analysis: Scotland v Ireland

Match Analysis: Scotland v Ireland

Six Nations · Match Analysis · Tactics Handbook

A great display of defensive resilience and counter-attacking rugby brought Scotland their first opening day victory in the competition for over 10 years. Capitalising on their strengths and Ireland's weaknesses, they were able to deliver a win that many in Scotland will feel has been a long time coming.

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Match Review: Saracens vs Exeter

Aviva Premiership · Match Analysis

Exeter appeared to be slightly overawed by their first visit to Twickenham for the Final, and this showed as their opening 30 minutes ultimately opened the door for Saracens to build a solid lead.

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Match Review: Racing 92 v Saracens

Champions Cup · Match Analysis

Saracens overcome Racing 92 on an emotional afternoon in Lyon to lift the European Champions Cup.

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Match Review: Australia vs Scotland

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Match Analysis

Two teams battling it out for a coveted Semi Final spot against a rampant Argentina team who had won earlier in the day, everything on the line, everything to play for.

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Match Review: Australia v Wales

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Match Analysis

Australia triumphed over Wales in perhaps one of the most nail-biting games of the World Cup so far. We take a look at the key areas that saw them over the line.

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Match Review: England v Australia

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Match Analysis

England crashed out of the Rugby World Cup after succumbing to Australia and became the first host nation to leave the tournament at the pool stages.

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Match Review: England v Wales

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Match Analysis

In the first of our five group games to watch, we were presented with a fantastic game of rugby, showing us why this World Cup continues to be the best so far.

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Match Review: South Africa v Japan

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Match Analysis

Japan played a highly intelligent and hugely passionate game to overcome the mighty South Africa, winning 34-32. Was this perhaps the greatest ever rugby upset?

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Match Review: England v Fiji

Rugby World Cup 2015 · Match Analysis

England got off to a positive start in the opening game of the World Cup, beating Fiji 35-11.

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Match Review: Australia v New Zealand

Rugby Championship · Match Analysis

Australia won the 2015 Rugby Championship with a tense but well fought 27-19 victory over the All Blacks, their first triumph in the competition since 2011.

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Match Review: South Africa vs New Zealand

Rugby Championship · Match Analysis

A fantastic rugby match involving the two best international teams in the world. This article looks at some key areas and how the two teams matched up.

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