The weather for today's game should be good for some running rugby. Will we see a less conservative approach today though?
I did another stat dive and found that our linebreak numbers have taken a nose dive compared to our pre-covid games.
In 5 games of Super Rugby Aotearoa, we've made 27 linebreaks, which is an average of 5.4 line breaks per game. For a bit of context, the Crusaders are averaging 11.4 linebreaks per game, while the Hurricanes are at the front with 13 line breaks per game.
Pre-covid we made 84 linebreaks in 7 games, which is an average of 12 linebreaks per game. Non-derby games didn't boost the average either, as we actually averaged more linebreaks in derbies with 13 per game.
With the current game plan we're playing, it means we have to be very efficient with the ball we have, which we have been to an extent, but it leaves little room for error. We've only had one game with the possession edge, and in our two losses, we averaged 37.5% of possession.
Parsons noted this week that with all the tackling we're doing, it leaves less energy for attack. So maybe a change in approach is needed?