Filed under: Dan Cottrell, Rugby Coaching | Tags: core skills, Daniel Carter, game plan, Leicester Tigers, Perpignan
Dan Carter’s arrival at Perpignan had so many biblical analogies you could have been written a whole new testament book. There is already a book of Daniel, though in the Carter version he arrives at the palace as a king already.
His first game was not miraculous, but it was pretty solid. He kicked, passed, tackled and managed the game well, with few mistakes. And remember that the Leicester Tigers are never tame and never respect any opponent, legend or otherwise.
From a coaching point of view, the game plan for Carter was simple. Play simple rugby. Do the basics well. Don’t force the game. The constant coverage from every angle showed how well Carter performs the core skills. He passed accurately off both hands. He tackled well, and in one case showed how important it is to get your leading foot close to the ball carrier when making a tackle.
Good luck to him. The other French teams will be on his case now and he will be interesting how he survives in their maelstrom of rugby.