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#Analysis

# analysis - Friday 17 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland Women's intelligent maul key to their Grand Slam shot

Tom Tierney’s side have some clever lineout specialists in their forward pack.

# analysis - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Analysis: Ireland under pressure to deliver at lineout and maul against England

The close-range failings in the lineout and maul were severely damaging against Wales.

# analysis - Monday 13 March, 2017

The42 Rugby Show: Eddie O'Sullivan on whether Ireland are too predictable

The former Ireland head coach believes Joe Schmidt’s side have become too dependent on Johnny Sexton.

# analysis - Sunday 12 March, 2017

Analysis: The error that Joe Schmidt singled Paddy Jackson out for

George North’s first try on Friday night came straight from a clever Welsh lineout attack.

Analysis: The most extraordinary 7 minutes in Champions League history Late Drama This post contains videos

Analysis: The most extraordinary 7 minutes in Champions League history

Barcelona became the first-ever side to overturn a four-goal first-leg deficit in Europe during the week.

# analysis - Saturday 11 March, 2017

Things could get worse for Liverpool before they get better and other Premier League talking points

Elsewhere, how West Brom dearly miss their former striker and is Gylfi Sigurdsson the most under-appreciated player in the top-flight?

# analysis - Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Neymar confirms his greatness and more talking points on a remarkable Champions League night

Plus, why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is good enough to get in any side in Europe

# analysis - Tuesday 7 March, 2017

Wenger closer to the edge, remarkable Ramos & more Champions League talking points

Elsewhere, Napoli have hinted at great things for a while but collapsed again when it mattered most.

# analysis - Monday 6 March, 2017

Watch: Jamie Carragher and Frank Lampard dissect Paul Pogba's season so far Video This post contains videos

Watch: Jamie Carragher and Frank Lampard dissect Paul Pogba's season so far

The Chelsea legend feels the French international can become more dominant.

# analysis - Sunday 5 March, 2017

Zlatan and Rooney insult our intelligence and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal exit is starting to look inevitable.

# analysis - Wednesday 1 March, 2017

Analysis: Joe Schmidt tweaked one of his favourite moves against France

Ireland’s dummy loop play has evolved but they missed a great chance against les Bleus.

# analysis - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

World Rugby is running further trials around the 'tackle-only' tactic in 2017

The defensive ploy has been under review in recent years.

# analysis - Monday 27 February, 2017

Liverpool play into Leicester's hands and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why the Foxes, contrary to popular belief, are not back yet.

France tried the 'tackle-only' tactic against Ireland but Nigel Owens was on the ball

Italy brought the clever defensive tactic to another level against England.

# analysis - Saturday 25 February, 2017

Chelsea 29 points from glory and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Romelu Lukaku has tied Everton’s all-time Premier League scoring record with his 60th strike for the club.

# analysis - Friday 24 February, 2017

Analysis: Do the statistics back up Joe Schmidt's rebuke about Ireland's attack?

The Ireland head coach was frustrated with suggestions his side play an attritional game.

# analysis - Wednesday 22 February, 2017

Analysis: Shaggy's classic try the symbol of Ireland's great day at Croker

We dig into the archive footage to rediscover a stunning performance from Eddie O’Sullivan’s side.

# analysis - Thursday 16 February, 2017

You're the analyst: What were the keys to this Wales try against England?

Tell us what went right and wrong for this try in last weekend’s Six Nations action.

# analysis - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

Time for Arsenal players to look in the mirror and more Champions League talking points

Plus, why PSG were too powerful for a Barcelona side in physical decline.

The Premier League’s most divisive player needs a big game tonight Under Pressure This post contains videos

The Premier League’s most divisive player needs a big game tonight

Mesut Ozil has been heavily criticised following a recent dip in form.

# analysis - Monday 13 February, 2017

Analysis: Whatever about the try, Ringrose's defence will have excited Schmidt

The 22-year-old showed promising signs in defence against Italy last weekend.

# analysis - Sunday 12 February, 2017

A full debut to remember for Brady and more Premier League talking points

Plus, how Liverpool exploited Tottenham’s vulnerable left side.

# analysis - Saturday 11 February, 2017

Analysis: Ireland always work hard but their breakdown must be better in Italy

Devin Toner continues to lead the way for Ireland in terms of sheer ruck numbers.

# analysis - Friday 10 February, 2017

Liverpool's unusual dilemma and other Premier League talking points

Plus, will Manchester United continue their remarkable unbeaten run?

# analysis - Wednesday 8 February, 2017

Analysis: Ireland tried to play at Murrayfield but just weren't good enough at it

There was lots of intent from Ireland but their execution was extremely inconsistent.

# analysis - Tuesday 7 February, 2017

Analysis: Scottish trick play lowlights a bad day for Ireland's lineout and maul

Simon Easterby’s pack missed some big opportunities at key points in the game.

# analysis - Monday 6 February, 2017

Analysis: Basic folding and spacing problems cause Ireland's defence failures

Andy Farrell and his players will be deeply unhappy with their defensive display in Edinburgh.

# analysis - Saturday 4 February, 2017

Can Arsenal curb Chelsea's title march and more Premier League talking points

Plus, will Jose Mourinho place faith in Anthony Martial again?

Analysis: Where have Ireland's 36 tries over the last year come from?

Joe Schmidt’s side are heavily reliant on their lineout as a source for their scores.

# analysis - Thursday 2 February, 2017

Man United's faltering attack and 4 more Premier League talking points

Plus, it’s Chelsea title to lose after several of their rivals slip up in a busy week of footballing action.

# analysis - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

4 winners and 4 losers from the January transfer window

Who benefitted and who lost out in what was a busy month of activity for certain clubs?

# analysis - Monday 30 January, 2017

One last big China move and more talking points ahead of Transfer Deadline Day

Plus, will there be any further deals involving Republic of Ireland internationals?

How different is professional rugby to the good old days of amateurism?

We’ve taken a look at the Ireland v Scotland games from the 1995 Five Nations and 2016 Six Nations.

# analysis - Sunday 29 January, 2017

Ireland U19 player impresses at Anfield and more FA Cup talking points

Plus, can veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger still do a job for Manchester United?

# analysis - Thursday 26 January, 2017

Was it a penalty and more Liverpool-Southampton talking points

Plus, why Shane Long needs to build on his match-winning goal.

# analysis - Saturday 21 January, 2017

Costa, Pep and Shane Long - 5 talking points ahead of the Premier League weekend

Plus, Liverpool’s chance to put pressure on Chelsea.

# analysis - Sunday 15 January, 2017

Tactic brings social media and the love of sport together for youngsters

The new web app allows users to analyse and discuss footage professional games and their own matches.

# analysis - Saturday 14 January, 2017

Tottenham's squad depth issues, Chelsea's unsung hero and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Burnley maintain their incredible home record thanks to Joey Barton’s winner.

Mourinho's United fan comments and more Premier League talking points

Plus, why John Stones needs to start maturing fast as he prepares to return to his former club.