Table 5

Studies reviewed on line breaks during ball possession.

Kraak et al., 2016(n = 646) *matchesThe results indicate increased playing time results in an increase in the total number of line breaks per match.
Watson et al., 2017(n = 313) *matchesWinning teams generate a higher number of line breaks than losing teams.
Bennett et al., 2018(n = 127) *matchesA higher number of line breaks significantly increases the probability of successful possession.
Schoeman & Schall, 2019(n = 581) *matchesMore line breaks lead to a higher score, which is the most decisive factor in terms of winning and losing.
Bunker et al., 2020(n = 24) *matchesLine breaks are the actions that generate the most points, indicating that the higher the number of breaks a team makes, the greater the scoring capacity.
Bunker & Spencer, 2021(n = 45) *matchesWinning teams win the advantage line more than 55 times in their total offensive sequences, generating a higher number of line breaks than losing teams.
Mosey & Mitchell, 2019(n = 76) *matchesMore line breaks are related to more metres gained, and this is related to a higher probability of winning.
Den Hollander et al., 2016(n = 125) *matches39% of line breaks result in a try. In 66% of the cases where the line break did not result in a try, the attacking team was able to keep possession of the ball in the next phase.
Wheeler et al., 2010(n = 7) *matchesLine breaks are associated with scoring tries in the phases of play immediately following them.
Ungureanu et al., 2019(n = 132) *matchesMore line breaks increase the number of metres gained, resulting in greater speed and continuity of play, which is related to a greater ability to score points.