Pick and Poke
This refers to a style of attacking play where teams look to pick holes and poke at gaps in the opposition’s rear-guard.
Though not uniquely, it tends to lend itself to facing blanket defences where the option of direct and pacey running tends to have a limited value.
The phrase typically means to pick and poke at potential gaps in the opposition’s defence, very much insinuating that they are testing the water, with non-committal approaches whereby they can turn back and recycle the ball if the line-break doesn’t appear to be on.
It’s generally insinuated that it’s a very methodical approach to attacking with a slow build up where possession is deemed paramount until such time as a very clear opportunity at a line-break appears i.e. picking at poking at gaps to see if they turn into potential line-breaks