Jonathon Sexton in action against Australia. Ireland’s current game is largely based upon the kicking tactics employed by the halfbacks, Sexton and Conor Murray. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images
Will Ireland’s current kicking strategy suffice when it comes to the latter stages?
Not long after the horror of the Great War, Winston Churchill said ‘battles are won by slaughter and manoeuvre. The greater the general, the more he contributes in manoeuvre, the less he demands in slaughter’.
This November brought plenty of slaughter with South Africa flirting with a running game but ultimately returning to their form of slaughter as RWC 2015 rolls up. England, through their scrum elected for similar methods in taming the Wallabies who themselves created untold amounts of manoeuvre which enthralled me throughout their tour.
But with their new general, Michael Cheika, settling in they will be adding suitable levels of slaughter thus making them a real challenge next year………. see more at :- http://www.irishtimes.com/sport/rugby/joe-schmidt-faces-a-huge-tactical-call-as-he-prepares-world-cup-plan-1.2026122