moxie. Some teams have it, some don’t. Sometimes some teams have to earn it. And then know how to use it.
t is not found in the dictionary; it is a state of mind. Call it courage or bravery, courage or spirit. You don’t write it on paper, you show it on grass.
“You need a certain level of moxie to play this game,” coach Greg McWilliams said this week as he allowed the same 23 players who lost last weekend to play again seven days later in the much more intense greenhouse.
What does the word mean to Nichola Fryday?
“You have to be smart and have this flair,” says the captain before the final training session on the Ernest Wallon.
“Sam Monaghan dumped at Linda (Djougang) last week. That’s Moxie to me. Smart Rugby.
“She got between two defenders, broke the tackle and dumped Linda on a great support line.”
Speaking the day before, their coach was just about to point out some of the good things his side had done against Wales; but also the bad.
Because the distance between fearlessness and stupidity is short enough. Take an example from the bitterly disappointing defeat.
Attacking collapse in the first half, Ireland kept getting pill on pill only to be greeted by the shrill trill of the referee’s whistle that ruled against them.
Appropriately intimidated, it seemed, the Irish retreated to their shells and shied away not from the tackles – Dorothy Wall and Neve Jones shared the highest total of three dominant tackles of the weekend – but from the stealing that was required thereafter .
“Yes, we talked about that as a squad,” says Fryday, whose side will not only be starving for the ball today, but the potential windows to nab it.
“We have to get smarter. If we don’t paint the right picture after two or three penalties, we have to change course and do it faster and recognize that.
“It will change from week to week with different referees. It’s about being recognized quicker, changing tactics and being fluid enough to make those changes on the pitch.”
Her team also has to adapt to the playing conditions; Moxie mixed with maturity can go much further.
“Our defensive stance has to be that of putting pressure on the teams so we force them to give us the ball back so we can play the attacking game that we want to play,” said Fryday.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/nichola-fryday-fronts-up-in-the-quest-for-moxie-as-irish-face-big-step-up-in-class-41512842.html Nichola Fryday goes in search of “Moxie” as the Irish face a big step up in class