Don’t throw 50/50 passes!!

Myths can sometimes become reality when enough people repeat them without question and this is what I believe has happened with the common held belief that fancy passes or offloads, commonly referred to as 50/50’s, are the cause of teams losing games. The problem with this belief is that instead of losing games, I believe the 50/50 passes actually win … Read More

The Close Games are Usually Lost, Rather Than Won

  “Games are mostly won because of the opponent making mistakes during crucial moments”[1] I am a massive fan of John Wooden’s teaching and coaching methods. If you have not heard of him, I would suggest coaches who are keen on improving their coaching abilities to look him up and read his books. John Wooden was the legendary basketball coach … Read More

Are we failing to prepare our players adequately?

Over the course of my brief coaching career I have been fascinated with the individual player’s execution of the basic skills and the techniques needed to make them work under pressure. During this time I have spoken to many coaches and players at various levels of the game to find out about the correct techniques needed to execute each skill … Read More

Passing technique, even at professional level, is often very poor…

“Passing technique, even at professional level, is often very poor. How do rugby players who earn a living from the game not know how to pass a ball so that the receiver doesn’t have to stop/jump/dive forward/reach behind him to get the ball?  Skills development is sadly neglected in South Africa and is a symptom of a deeper problem that … Read More