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You can never win ugly by David Clarke
October 7, 2009, 8:50 am
Filed under: Colin Ireland, Rugby

Mud and glory - The Taranaki Club Rugby finals 2007 1

Winning isn’t everything, it is the only thing. So said Vince Lombardi, the American Football coach.

Does that mean you don’t care about whether it looks pretty or not? Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder (that was a Greek saying from the 3rd century BC). There is a profound sense of relief and pleasure from a hard fought victory eeked out over a game with few opportunities to throw the ball around.

An “ugly” win is clever, pragmatic rugby. It has beauty in the way the forwards maintain possession, the ball is advanced down the field, how the defence keeps the opposition away from scoring opportunities.

Celebrate the numerous ways to win a rugby game.

Better Rugby Coaching

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love the site – any idea whether the taranaki/mud & glory is available for electronic licence? cheers, nic

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