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    Post by Guest on Fri May 08, 2009 6:59 am

    A very experienced USA manager - Kingblingaa - wrote this guide to scouting a while ago that could be useful for some people who want to pick up a few hints about what they should look for:

    So, quoting Klingblingaa from this clubroom conversation,

    "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles." - Sun Tzu

    It's a deviously cunning plan that Jeremy and Matt have, making most of the statistics of the game invisible except to premium members. Although I have every intention of buying it, money's tight right now and I can't find the extra cash at the moment.

    So, I've devised my own little scheme to get the information I need for match planning week-to-week. Here's what I do.

    Grab a notebook. You can write up the whole match on one side of a 8.5x11 piece of paper. Fold it in half vertically, then again vertically. You should have three crease lines horizontally across the page, left to right.

    Write down the name of the team you are scouting, the week of the season and the opponent they are playing at the top.

    In the top quarter of the page, write "scrums" for one half and "lineouts" in the other, side by side. Now, make four columns under each, and label them like so:

    MyWon | MyLost | HisWon | HisLost

    As you read the match, you'll be putting a tally mark in the column as needed. If you win your own scrum, put a mark in the "MyWon" column. Also, set aside a small section for knockons in lineouts. For example, if I stole his lineout, but eventually knocked it on doing so, I would put a mark in "HisLost" and a seperate mark at the bottom of the column as a knock on. I use lines for the lineouts and dots for knockons personally, but use what you want.

    MyWon | MyLost | HisWon | HisLost
    xx.....................x .............xxxx.............xx


    The "x"s would be the actual results and the "O"s would be the knockons. Ignore the priods, I had to put them in to make the ASCII look right.

    In the second quarter of the page, your two chances are "Chances" and "High Balls". Seperate them into "Won" and "Lost" column.

    For Chances, remember that you're only scouting one team. If that team gets an attack, write down the name of the player who started in, and what type of play it occured on. For example, "Johnson, wide" or "Smith, U/U" (up and under). If the other team gets a chance, write the player of your team who gave up the chance. "Mitchell, PG" mean that they got through on a pick and go after Mitchell blew the tackle.


    Johnson, wide...............Thomas, creative
    Earle, Creative

    Johnson got free going wide, but failed to score. Thomas is my player who gave up the chance, and they scored on it. Earle created a chance I eventually scored on on a creative play.

    For High Balls, write down the name of your players, in the win column if they win and the lose column if they lose. The match engine will usually tell you the two players who are going up for it. if they win more than one, just use tally marks or "Earle, x3" or something.

    In the third quarter, it's "Rucks" and "Penalties". Rucks is divided like scrums and lineouts, MyW, MyL, HisW, HisL. Below, mark down penalties as they happen in rucks, just like knockons in lineouts.

    For "penalties", You'll just be writing down the names of your team's players as the ref rings them up. Each time, I write it as a letter:

    R for ruck.
    M for maul.
    O for offside.
    T for high tackle.

    So, a serial cheater's list would look like this:

    Carson RRORM

    5 penalties in all. Ouch.

    Down to the last quarter of the page. If you're scouting your own team, the sections are "Mauls" and "Totals". if you're scouting an opponent's game, put a section in between for "Plays".

    "Mauls" is divided into "His" and "Mine". Each time a maul is called (the match engine will tell you) you will write a number in the column:

    0 for a no progress/collapse.
    1 for a "marginal" improvement.
    2 for a "good" improvement.
    3 for an "excellent" improvement.
    4 for a huge maul.
    5 for a maul that results in a try.

    So, if my team mauls for a good improvement, I will write a "2" in the "mine" column. Eventually, it would look like:

    2 2 1 0 1 1 2 1 3

    or something similar.

    For plays, Write down the following:

    I bet you can figure out what these are. If not, in order, they are: pick and gos, drives, expansives, creatives, kicks for touch, up and unders, and drop goals. Mark as needed, so it'll eventually look like:

    PG xxxx
    DR xxxxxxxx
    EX xxxxx

    and so on.

    Last, Totals. Here are our categories:

    High Balls

    Write in percentages for scrums, lineouts, and rucks. Write your win percentage. For example:

    6 MyW
    4 MyL
    7 HsW
    3 HsL

    I won 6 out of 10 of mine, so I would put "60%" in my column. I won 3 of 7 in his, so I put "30%" in the "his" column.

    For High Balls, you will ony have a percentage in your column, "his" will be left blank.

    Chances are written as fractions: 2/5 means I scored on two of my 5 chances.

    Write the total number of penalties in your column, his will be blank.

    For Mauls, add up your numbers and average them.

    1 1 3 3 2 0 2 = 12

    1.71 / 7

    I averaged 1.71 in 7 mauls. Write his average too.

    Now, everything will be arranged for you and you'll be able to see exactly how your team looks. After one game, here's what I noticed about mine:

    I'm a good scrummaging team. I almost never lose my ball and get a good share of theirs.

    I'm not as good as I thought on high balls, I should up and under less.

    The same few players seem to cause most of my penalties.

    My mauling needs work. I'm not as good as I think I need to be

    I create a lot of chances. But, I need to make sure I finish them.

    All of this, obviously, is useful information. I scout every game in my league and keep the pages in a folder. Eventually, I'll know where everyone stands in every category. (Hmmm, aganist me, Sarajevske took a lot more of my lineouts thant Elliott Bay did. Sarajevske's lineout crew is clearly better than EBay's...[example])

    It's fun too, as I enjoy reading the games. I can "parse" one top to bottom in about 15 minutes. And, best of all, I'll be all ready to go come playoff time.

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    Post by Guest on Fri May 08, 2009 9:00 am

    Good stuff Smile

    Sometimes bits of commentary can be misleading, you have to pick through it carefully.

    Recently I went over a few games and tried to identify types of attack from the commentary and their 'success'. It can be tricky to really evaluate their worth, as some like pick and go rarely go wrong but it's difficult to know how much ground you're really making.

    Also some stats have to be taken in context. You might have a lot more handling errors than the opposition, but that doesn't neccesarily mean your players have worse handling - it might be that you have far more possession and are a more creative attacking team('high risk high reward').

    A few seasons ago I used to think I had a lower kicking % than my opponents, but it was because I was playing in their half and they had to kick clearances so much. The attack and kicking %s set in tactics are of course a guide rather than set in stone, if you're camped on your line your team will still kick regardless. Likewise if you have very low driving, mauls still happen sometimes from kick-offs, lineout catches etc.

    Scouting's one of the most fun bits of the game IMO, and working out your own methods of evaluation as well as using other people's - I've wasted lots of time looking at various ratios etc Smile

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