On Sunday I had a tournament-Esher Presidents Cup. Good tourney with a lot of the top London schools (Hampton, John Fisher, Abingdon, whitgift, Brighton, and Henley). I did three games, my first game-Hampton vs Abingdon, my second was Henley vs whitgift, and my third was the final being John Fisher vs whitgift.
In the first game I felt had two issues, the scrum and lineout. The scrum was more a dominant side vs a small side so wasn't really me, we reset a few scrums due to 45,
I'm writing this on the tube on the way to my match. Yesterday's match was a game of two halves. I had Barnes 2s vs Ampthill 2s in a level 8 friendly. Final score 47-17. The half time score was 0-17, like I said two halves. The first half saw a higher pk count against Barnes, but nothing out of the ordinary, whereas the second half was much more even. The game had a decent flow and was recorded so will try to post a link at some point.
From a coach and captains point of view
The season has started kinda...
This weekend I AR'd Premiership U18s, TJ'd a RL international, and reffed England women 7s selection camp.
During the Premiership U18s I had London Irish, Harlequins, and Saracens in a round robin. Some really good games, things I picked up are the pre-match briefing of balance and stability as a factor in the scrums. I'm going to take this into my first game this weekend (8/31 L8 friendly)
The 7s camp went great, the coaches
the scrum now being properly set .......I can forsee hookers
flashing at an invisible ball . Therefore the question being when can a hooker flash ? I believe its when balls past the prop !
Can anyone offer a brief guide on what to cover in a pre-match briefing and to which players. I'm new to the whistle (as per my last blog) and would appreciate some wisdom. I have an idea and want to see if i'm on the right path??