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Saw Jill talking about how proud the athletes need to be just to make the Olympic team. I’m thinking no. They need to be proud to win and equally ashamed when they lose. I guess when everyone gets a trophy we should expect this.
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(Yesterday 09:44 PM)stinkfist Wrote:  
(Yesterday 09:20 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 01:07 PM)fsquid Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 12:58 PM)swagsurfer11 Wrote:  These American teams suck. People getting tossed for weed, the basketball and soccer teams suck, everyone is getting covid.

I got a good feeling about the Rugby team.

I spent my college years with my head between a Prop and a Hookers' Leg.03-lmfao

swag in the scrum.......g'dammit, I'd pay to watch that shite....

I hated playing the Old Boy squads...they had real beer muscles.
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(07-21-2021 01:07 PM)fsquid Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 12:58 PM)swagsurfer11 Wrote:  These American teams suck. People getting tossed for weed, the basketball and soccer teams suck, everyone is getting covid.
I got a good feeling about the Rugby team.

Mike Friday is the best 7s coach in the world. When I was coaching I copied everything I could from him.
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(Yesterday 11:30 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 01:07 PM)fsquid Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 12:58 PM)swagsurfer11 Wrote:  These American teams suck. People getting tossed for weed, the basketball and soccer teams suck, everyone is getting covid.
I got a good feeling about the Rugby team.

Mike Friday is the best 7s coach in the world. When I was coaching I copied everything I could from him.
You know more than me, but I love watching his communication with the boys.

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(Yesterday 11:30 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 01:07 PM)fsquid Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 12:58 PM)swagsurfer11 Wrote:  These American teams suck. People getting tossed for weed, the basketball and soccer teams suck, everyone is getting covid.
I got a good feeling about the Rugby team.

Mike Friday is the best 7s coach in the world. When I was coaching I copied everything I could from him.
I know the purists hate the 7s game, but my daughters love it. Still can't get them to play, but its something we can watch.

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(Yesterday 11:34 PM)fsquid Wrote:  
(Yesterday 11:30 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 01:07 PM)fsquid Wrote:  
(07-21-2021 12:58 PM)swagsurfer11 Wrote:  These American teams suck. People getting tossed for weed, the basketball and soccer teams suck, everyone is getting covid.
I got a good feeling about the Rugby team.
Mike Friday is the best 7s coach in the world. When I was coaching I copied everything I could from him.
You know more than me, but I love watching his communication with the boys.
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I like 7s as a way to teach. It is a great way to teach skills and basic recognition.

Friday does two things that I really like:

1) He takes American football players and teaches them enough rugby to be very effective because of their inherent athleticism. Perry Baker and Carlin Isles have amazing speed, and particularly in 7s, that makes up for a lot.
2) He uses a triangles concept to organize breakdowns and produce quick ball. Whoever is the ball-carrier is king (we called her queen for women). The closest two teammates fall in behind him/her. Closest one is called rucker, his/her job is when the ball-carrier is tackled, come in over the top and clear out a place for the ball to be transferred. The other is the short runner, Friday called him/her fupi when he coached Kenya (from a Swahili word) and our women enjoyed that terminology. His/her job is to move in ASAP and get the ball moving again. We were a small school and playing the likes of Texas or Texas Tech, I was worried about our lack of depth and getting people hurt in big pile-ups, so we really emphasized quick ball at the breakdowns. We wanted to get the ball out and be moving again before the big beasts arrived.

We took the triangles approach to 15s and actually played 15s like 7s.
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Another thing I noticed Friday emphasizes is winning the kickoff after the score. Fuala’au puts it right at 10M for contest.

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(Today 08:58 AM)fsquid Wrote:  Another thing I noticed Friday emphasizes is winning the kickoff after the score. Fuala’au puts it right at 10M for contest.
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And he has guys who get there quickly to poach the ball. His whole game is quick, quick, quick. I don't know how much was inherent with him and how much he was forced to adopt it when he coached Kenya, where his players were all small but fast.

As I said, that style fit us pretty well because we were a small school without a lot of depth. We didn't want to get into big pileups because that's where you get people hurt.
We did something similar on defense, where when the ball went to ground instead of piling on, we stayed on our feet and focused on organizing the defensive line and attacking the first pass out of the ruck. First time we did that, against Texas, their fly half was obviously accustomed to having plenty of time to sort things out when she got the ball. My fly half got there as soon as she got the ball and she didn't know what to do. That game was probably the highlight of my coaching career, and became the platform that we built everything that followed on. We went from a startup program that struggled to get enough people to show up to play a match to national sweet-16 appearances, first in 7s and later in 15s. Of course, nothing makes you a better coach than having an all-American player show up.
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