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I was up at 6am on Monday to start reviewing our match against Italy. We are staying right by the Vatican in Rome until Wednesday, so there’s plenty of time to digest the result before we get back on the plane.
During the Covid years, we’ve been straight back on the bus home. It felt nice to have traditional things back like the post-match function.
The Italians put on some pasta after the game - although I steered clear as I’m gluten intolerant - and then we were back at our hotel by 9pm for more food in the shape of a lovely buffet. The players had some chips and a glass of wine as a treat.
It was brilliant to extend our winning run to 14 games but there was plenty to think about in the review. I wrote a few things down in my old-fashioned notebook and cut some clips on my laptop to feed back to the analyst.
One of the guys has created some software that makes video feedback easier. Five or six click boxes that categorise things into forwards, backs, positives, negatives, discipline, kick-chase.
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You end up spending more time speaking to your analyst than the other coaches. Together we dissect the information and deliver it in a simple and concise manner for the players to remember.
It didn’t take any time to see that our penalty count was too high. I’d like to start this column by making a public apology to the referee, Matthew Carley, because our discipline wasn’t good enough.
We created the most turnovers in world rugby last year. We practise jackalling a lot. Things like making sure you get a clear release. Sometimes we get it right but on Sunday we didn’t. We overcommitted at the ruck, a lot of natural aggression, and didn’t attain our normal high standards.
As defence coach, I was frustrated