In a match that was always going to be close, a superb defensive display by England in the last 10 minutes of the match saw them hang on to beat Ireland at the mighty Twickenham.
The momentum was evenly matched throughout the game, particularly in the first half with both sides threatening the try line, but not crossing it.
The second half saw the game really come to life, with Ireland taking the lead, before England countered, holding on with a strong defensive play, as seen in the IBM TryTracker momentum chart.
‘Keys to the Game’
Ireland met one of its three ‘Keys to the Game’; a crucial area of performance that increases a team’s chances of winning, while England failed to achieve any of its three, but still walked away with the win. England managed a tackle completion of 86% compared to its target of 93%, and an average carry of 2.3 metres compared to the 3.5 metres needed by its forwards. Ireland on the other hand won all of their own lineouts against a target of 89%, but only managed 2 attempts at goal when they needed 7.
England’s key players were again were Mike Brown and Jonny May. Brown’s 88 metres made, four defenders beaten and three gainline breaks were crucial to England’s win, also making him man of the match. May’s 67 metres gained and 6 defenders beaten meant he was close behind, with Dylan Hartley taking the third spot with 4 tackles made.
Ireland’s Number 6, Peter O’Mahony, took the top spot for the opposition, with a strong performance, while Gordon D’arcy was sturdy in defence making 12 tackles, but it wasn’t enough to unlock England.
- Most influential player was Mike Brown
- Kept the momentum going throughout the game
- Hit one of its 3 keys
- Most influential player was Peter O’Mahony
- Second most influential player was Gordon D’arcy
England’s next match is against Wales, where England is looking for revenge following a crushing 30-3 defeat at the Millennium Stadium in 2013. We’ll be releasing the ‘Keys to the Game’ on Thursday 6th March.
After suffering a disappointing defeat at the Stade de France, England were keen to hit back at their critics in the Calcutta Cup match. Leading the charge for England were Luther Burrell and Mike Brown, securing possession early in the game. Scotland barely threatened England’s line of defence, who held the momentum throughout, depicted in the IBM TryTracker graph below:
‘Keys to the Game’
Scotland didn’t hit a single one of their ‘Keys to the Game’ target; a crucial area of performance that increases a team’s chances of winning. One of Scotland’s ‘Keys to the Game’ was to win 88% of their set pieces, but they fell short with only 70%. Another was to achieve a tackle average of at least 91%, but the team didn’t reach this, averaging just 80%. Finally, Scotland needed to beat 16 or more defenders but only managed 11.
England, on the other hand, were able to capitalise on Scotland’s poor performance, hitting two of their three ‘Keys to the Game’ which secured them a win. These included forcing 14 turnovers against a target of 14, and making nine linebreak exceeding their target of four.
England’s two most influential players were Jonny May, securing 65 metres and beating six defenders, and Man of the Match, Mike Brown, who made 92 metres and beat five defenders.
Chris Fusaro was Scotland’s most influential player making 14 tackles and three gainline breaks. However, it wasn’t enough to dent England’s clean sheet and Scotland have a lot of work to do to avoid the wooden spoon.
- Hit two keys to the game to secure a win
- Most influential player was Jonny May
- Secured momentum for the majority of the game
- Most influential player was Chris Fusaro
- Second most influential player was Dave Denton
England’s next match is against unbeaten Ireland who have won both their opening games. We’ll be releasing the ‘Keys to the Game’ on Thursday 20th February.
For the second year running we’ve teamed up with England Rugby to give fans real-time insights into the Six Nations, including team and individual on-pitch performance. Following the close match on Saturday February 1st, the IBM TryTracker has revealed how France stole a win from England, ultimately winning 26-24 in the dying minutes.
The ebb and flow of the pulsating match was tracked on the ‘Momentum Chart’ which shows that momentum shifted on several occasions in the game. France started out as the stronger team, with superb tackling for the first 35 minutes. From this point, England proceeded to counter and exceeded their offload target of 13, achieving one of their ‘Keys to the Game:’ a crucial area of performance that increases a team’s chance of winning. This was reflected in the French tackling which dropped from 94% in the first half to 84% in the second:
However, France gained the competitive edge with its rock solid scrum, continuing to secure the ball under pressure. France achieved two out of three ‘Keys to the Game,’ averaging 4.1 metres per carry in the forwards out of a target of 3.2 metres, and an average scrum win of 100% exceeding their target by 10%.
England were not creating enough scoring opportunities and suffered a defeat because they were unable to convert two out of their three ‘Keys to the Game.’ England only made 5 kicks at goal out of a target of 8 (shown below), and averaged just 5.8 metres per carry in the backs with a target of 7.7 metres:
- Owen Farrell most influential player with 30 passes and 5 gainline breaks
- Mike Brown second most influential player
- Offloads ‘Key to the Game’ target reached (14/13)
- Hit two out of three ‘Keys to the Game’ to secure a win
- Yannick Nyanga most influential player
- 94% Tackle Success in 1st half
Looking towards England’s next match with Scotland it is prudent that they keep their scoring ticking over, taking the easy 3 points rather than push for the more difficult 7. Keep your eyes peeled for the ‘Keys to the Game’ that we will be releasing on Thursday 6th February.
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Nadal vs. Wawrinka
- “70‐70 Club” on serve ‐ 70% 1st serves in play ‐ 75% 1st serve points won ‐ winning 62% on 2nd serves as well ‐ saved 19 of the 27 break points faced
- Solid returning ‐ especially against 2nd serves (56% won) ‐ won 30% of return games
- Big forehand weapon ‐ 87 forehand winners
- Huge 1st serve ‐ 62 aces ‐ 81% 1st serve points won ‐ top speed 221 kmh (137 mph)
- Very effective when he can attack the net (75% won), but not so much when he finishes the point from the baseline (49% won)
- Forehand has been his dominant shot from the backcourt (91 winners) ‐ backhand, while spectacular at times has not been quite so steady (47 winners but 92 unforced errors)
Nadal has not lost a set to Wawrinka in 12 previous meetings. The plus for Wawrinka is that 3 of their last 4 sets have gone to tiebreaks ‐ but they were all won by Nadal. Rafa has won all 5 of his tiebreaks here this year so pushing the world number one to 6‐6 hasn’t helped any of his opponents so far.
Wawrinka has explosive power but doesn’t have the consistency of Nadal from the backcourt. The Swiss will need to be uber aggressive and take lots of risks to try to get Nadal out of his comfort zone. His 1st serve is crucial to his success. He needs to get a high percentage of those big bombs in play in order to have a chance to control the rallies.
Djokovic had beaten Wawrinka 14 straight times and Stan stopped the streak. He has to play a near perfect match to end Nadal’s streak at 12.
- Dominant return game ‐ 77% hit back in play ‐ 41% won returning 1st serves ‐ 66% won returning 2nd serves ‐ 30 breaks in 53 return games played (57%)
- Backhand is her more solid side from the baseline (54 winners & 54 unforced errors) ‐ her forehand can be erratic at times (45 winners ‐ 79 unforced errors)
- 1st serve can be a weapon ‐ 18 aces ‐ 70% 1st serve points won ‐ 2nd serve is not as strong (47% won on 2nd serve)
- Dominant return game ‐ 81% hit back in play ‐ 48% won returning 1st serves ‐ 70% won returning 2nd serves ‐ 32 breaks in 49 return games played (65%) ‐ her opponents held serve just 17 times in 13 sets played
- Very solid from the backcourt ‐ 58 forehand winners ‐ 40 backhand winners ‐ she won 63% of her baseline points
- 1st serve just really starts the point ‐ not much power (top speed 166 kmh) ‐ only 2 aces in 6 rounds
Li has never lost to Cibulkova, with Cibulkova taking just 1 set in their 4 previous meetings. Both players have returned serve extremely well here, both breaking serve at least 30 times in 6 matches. Both players have reached the final dropping just one set. Each has controled the baseline, Li with her backhand, Cibulkova with her forehand.
Serve is the major question mark for each player ‐ Li is more aggressive on serve (18 aces to 2) and Cibulkova is fine just putting the ball in play. Both players have had issues with double faults at times as well. With both players returning so well it puts tremendous pressure on both to step up their serving games. This is Cibulkova’s first ever Grand Slam final and Li’s 3rd Australian Open final in 4 years. Another battle of nerves and serves.