Highlanders coach Tony Brown, who is widely regarded as being one of the best coaches in the world of Super Rugby today, has warned against what he refers to as teams falling into the habit of playing diluted rugby.
Brown issued his stern warning as part of his commentary delivered regarding Super Rugby Aotearoa having provided a template of sorts for New Zealand Rugby as it sets a new course for the 2021 season and beyond. While hesitant to refer to anything in particular, the Highlanders coach made mention of the tough format and progression of Super Rugby Aotearoa, saying that the fact that it often takes players several days to “recover” from a single game played, doesn’t seem to deter the overall enthusiasm. Also, added Brown, the popularity of the competition very much reflects New Zealanders’ appetite for an intense and close sort of contest.
And Brown’s is very much a point of view shared by a man who, if anyone, would be well within his rights to complain about the physical severity of the competition. Highlanders flanker Dillon Hunt does after all lead the competition stats for most tackles successfully made. And yet, according to the star flanker from North Harbour, even though this year’s matches have been more physically demanding than those played in previous years, with matches closely resembling the typical strain of a test match, the load has been right.
This, according to Hunt, comes down to a balancing act between getting things right during the week, and performing well on weekends.
Which is, if anything, a Super Rugby recipe for success.
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