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While watching the recent English women’s premier league match between top two teams Saracens and Harlequins, I got the feeling that there was as much one-out (i.e. scrum half passing to a player who takes the ball into contact) play as there is in the men’s.

Here’s the match:

Below is my analysis. Hopefully it’s easy to understand… each section is a series of phases with the starting time, and 1., 2., 3., etc. indicating the phase. 1P = first pass, 2P = second pass, and so on. O = offload from contact instead of pass. F and B are forwards and backs respectively, and + / – is whether the player ended up in a ruck or passed ahead of or behind the gain line (no symbol, the player pretty much reached the gain line). One could have also added metres gained / lost for each, but I was only really interested in seeing how many one-out phases there were to multi-pass phases.

Summary First Half:

Pick and Go: 12

Maul: 3

One Out to Forwards: 33

One Out to Backs: 11

Two Passes: 15

Three or More: 14

Summary Second Half:

Pick and Go: 27

Maul: 4

One Out to Forwards: 28

One out to Backs: 6

Two Passes: 15

Three or More: 13

Most pick and goes within 5m of goal. Most 3+ passes to get the ball to the wing, often with first two receivers still behind the gainline. One-out to forwards most often minimal gain in territory, possible with a zero net gain over the course of a match given how many are 1m (or more) losses. One pass to backs usually a kick. Two pass plays are invariably back to forward (straight pass, little line engagement), or forward to forward. Nearly half (11) of three-pass phases were to forwards and out the back to backs.

FIRST HALF

0:42 Quins Scrum 38m from goal

  1. 1P to B+
  2. 1P to F+
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to F-
  5. 1P to F
  6. 1P to B-, 2P to F
  7. 1P to B+
  8. 1P to F+, 2O to B+
  9. 1P to F-
  10. 1P to B-, 2P to F-
  11. 1P to F, Defence commits penalty at ruck 24m from goal

3:10 Q Lineout 18m from goal

  1. Maul, peel off to 3m from goal
  2. 1P to F
  3. Pick by F, scores

5:38 Q Receive kickoff

  1. Carries to 65m from goal
  2. 1P to F-
  3. 1P to F-
  4. 1P to F, Defence commits penalty at ruck 65m from goal

6:40 Q Lineout 51m from goal

  1. 1P to B
  2. 1P to B+, 2P to F+, Defence commits penalty 25m from goal

7:50 Q Lineout 18m from goal

  1. Maul, penalty advantage, 1P to B-, grubbers for B to score

9:50 Q Receive kickoff

  1. Carries to 75m from goal
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to B, 4P to B+
  4. 1P to B (penalty advantage, high tackle)
  5. 1P to F+

11:15 Q Lineout 19m from goal

  1. Pass off the top to B, 2P to B-, 3P to B, 4P to B+
  2. 1P to F-
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to B-, 2P to F+
  5. 1P to B-, 2P to B+
  6. 1P to F
  7. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 2P to B-
  8. 1P to B, 2O to F
  9. 1P to F, turned over at ruck…

12:34 Saracens steal at ruck 75m from goal

  1. F carries 5m
  2. 1P to B-, 2P to F, knocks on

13:15 Q Scrum 25m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, 2P to B+, turned over at ruck

13:41 S steal at ruck 78m from goal

  1. 1P to F
  2. 1P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B+
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B+, 4P to B+, knocks on

14:18 Q retrieve loose ball

  1. B carries to 52m from goal
  2. 1P to B-, kicks ahead

14:30 S retrieve ball 60m from goal

  1. B kicks

14:40 Q retrieve ball 55m from goal

  1. B falls on loose ball
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to B
  4. 1P to F+
  5. 1P to F, 2P to F+
  6. 1P to B, 2P to B+, 3O to B, 4P to B+, defence knocks into touch

16:00 Q Lineout 28m from goal

  1. F carries to 22m
  2. 1P to F+, defence commits penalty (Saracens yellow card)

16:30 Q Scrum 15m from goal

  1. 1P to B, 2P to B+, 3P to B+, 4P to B+
  2. 1P to F
  3. Pick by F, scores

19:20 Q receive kickoff and kick back to touch

19:45 S Lineout 50m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, 2P to F-, 3P to F-, knock on by defence

20:30 S Scrum 53m from goal, concede penalty

20:45 Q Penalty 45m from goal, tap and run

  1. 1P to B+
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to F, 2P to B-, 3P to B, 4P to B+, scores

23:50 S Scrum 30m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, 2P to B, 3P to B-, 4O to B, kick into touch on full

24:45 Q Lineout 60 from goal, overthrown

24:50 S receive overthrown lineout 40m from goal

  1. F carries, 1P to F+, 2O to F+, 3O to F+
  2. 1P to F-, knocks on

25:08 Q retrieve knock-on 88m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, kick to touch

25:55 S Lineout 25m from goal (Saracens yellow card returns)

  1. Throw not straight, turned over

26:40 Q Scrum 76m from goal, defence commits penalty, +10 for backchat

27:39 Q Lineout 40m from goal, throw not straight

28:00 S Scrum 60m from goal

  1. F carries+
  2. 1P to B-, kicks

28:35 Q receive kick 76m from goal

  1. B carries to 59m from goal
  2. 1P to F+
  3. Pick by F+
  4. 1P to F+
  5. Pick by B, 1P to F+, defence commits penalty at ruck

29:20 Q Lineout 22m from goal

  1. Maul+
  2. Knocked on at ruck

30:40 S Scrum 80m from goal

  1. F carries
  2. 1P to B-, 2P to B+
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to B-, kick charged down into touch

31:45 S Lineout 95m from goal, overthrown

31:48 Q receive overthrown ball

  1. F tackled
  2. Pick by F+
  3. Pick by F+, held up in goal

32:45 Q Scrum 5m from goal

  1. F carries
  2. 1P to F+
  3. 1P to F
  4. Pick by F
  5. Pick by F
  6. Pick by F+
  7. Pick by F
  8. 1P to B-, 2P to B+, thrown forward

34:38 S Scrum 95m from goal

  1. F carries+
  2. 1P to F+ (penalty advantage at ruck)
  3. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to B, 4P to B+
  4. 1P to F-, 2P to F
  5. 1P to F-, 2P to F, knocks on (back to penalty)

37:00 S Lineout 25m from goal

  1. Pass off top, 1P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B+ (ball buried in ruck)

37:25 S Scrum 22m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B+
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to F (penalty advantage at ruck)

38:?? S Penalty 20m from goal

  1. B taps and runs
  2. Pick by F+
  3. Pick by F+
  4. Pick by F
  5. 1P to F+, scores

SECOND HALF

40:25 Q Scrum 50m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, kicks

41:10 S receives kick 80m from goal

  1. B carries to 76m from goal
  2. 1P to F, 2O to F
  3. 1P to B-, kicks for touch

41:50 Q Lineout 23m from goal

  1. Knocked down, B carries to 26m from goal
  2. Pick by F, defence commits penalty at ruck

42:50 Q Lineout 10m from goal

  1. Maul, collapses 8m from goal
  2. Pick by F+, attack commits penalty at ruck

44:25 S Lineout 27m from goal

  1. Ball brought to ground
  2. 1P to B-, 2P to F, 3O to F+
  3. 1P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B
  4. 1P to F+, defence commits penalty at ruck

45:50 S Lineout 7m from goal

  1. F knocks on, Q kicks upfield

46:30 Q Scrum 95m from goal

  1. F carries to 80m from goal
  2. Pick by F+
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to F
  5. 1P to F-, attack commits penalty at ruck

48:20 S Lineout 5m from goal

  1. Maul, 1P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B-
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to F+
  4. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to B
  5. 1P to F
  6. 1P to F
  7. 1P to F, defence commits penalty at ruck

49:40 S penalty 7m from goal

  1. F taps and carries to 2m from goal
  2. Pick by F, scores

51:30 S receives kickoff 80m from goal

  1. B carries to 75m from goal
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to B-, 4P to B+
  4. 1P to F-, 2P to F
  5. 1P to B-, 2P to F-, lost in breakdown

52:18 Q retrieve loose ball 34m from goal

  1. F secures possession, no gain
  2. 1P to F-, 2P to F
  3. 1P to B-, 2P to F+
  4. 1P to F+
  5. 1P to F-
  6. 1P to F
  7. 1P to B, 2O to F+
  8. 1P to B-, 2P to F-
  9. 1P to F
  10. Pick by B+, 2O to F+
  11. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to B-, 4P to B+, 5P to B+
  12. 1P to B-, 2P to F
  13. 1P to F
  14. Pick by B+, defence commits penalty at ruck

56:15 Q receive kickoff 65m from goal

  1. Receiver holding on penalty, backchat moves ball back 10m

57:00 S Lineout 6m from goal

  1. Maul, no gain
  2. 1P to B-, 2P to F-, 3P to B
  3. Pick by F+
  4. Pick by F
  5. Pick by F+, scores

59:45 S receive kickoff 70m from goal

  1. B carries to 65m from goal
  2. 1P to F-
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to F+
  5. 1P to B-, 2P to B, 3P to B+
  6. 1P to F-, 2P to F-
  7. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to F-, 4P to F, 5P to B+
  8. 1P to F
  9. 1P to F-, knocks on

61:50 Q Scrum 60m from goal

  1. Pick by F, 1P to B+, lost forward

62:05 S recover loose ball 55m from goal

  1. F carries 15m forward, tackled into touch

62:20 S Scrum 52m from goal

  1. F pick
  2. 1P to F+, defence counter rucks

62:50 Q counter rucks

  1. Pick by F
  2. 1P to B-, kicks

63:08 S receives kick 75m from goal

  1. B carries to 58m from goal, defence commits penalty at ruck

64:00 S Lineout 39m from goal

  1. Pass off the top, 1P to B-, 2P to F-
  2. 1P to B-, 2P to B-, knocks on

65:05 Q Scrum 51m from goal

  1. 1P to B-, 2P to B+, turned over at ruck

65:21 S steal ball at ruck 51m from goal

  1. Pick by F-
  2. 1P to F-
  3. Pick by F
  4. 1P to B-, kicks

66:05 Q recover kick 78m from goal

  1. B carries to 70m from goal
  2. 1P to F
  3. 1P to F-
  4. 1P to F, 2O to F+, lost forward in contact

67:15 S Scrum 35m from goal

  1. Pick by F, 1P to B-, 2P to B-, 3P to B-, 4P to B-, 5P to B+
  2. 1P to B+
  3. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to F-, 4P to F, 5P to B+, defence commits penalty at ruck (yellow card)

68:25 S Scrum 5m from goal

  1. F pick to 1m from goal, penalty advantage
  2. F pick, scores

70:40 S receive kickoff 75m from goal

  1. 1P to F+
  2. 1P to F-, 2P to B-, 3P to B+
  3. 1P to F
  4. 1P to F+, 2P to B+, 3O to F+, 4O to F+, scores

73:45 Q Lineout 20m from goal

  1. Maul, to 7m from goal, defence commits penalty

74:45 Q Lineout 7m from goal

  1. Maul, peel to 2m from goal
  2. Pick by F
  3. Pick by F-
  4. 1P to F-
  5. Pick by F
  6. Pick by F, penalty advantage for offside

79:00 Q Scrum 5m from goal (yellow card returns)

  1. Pick by F-
  2. Pick by F
  3. Pick by F+
  4. Pick by F, penalty advantage for offside
  5. Pick by F-
  6. 1P to B-, grubber, (try disallowed), defence yellow card

80:00 Q Scrum 5m from goal

  1. Pick by F+
  2. Pick By F
  3. Pick by F+, held-up in-goal … game over.

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