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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Jacques Burger's tackling masterclass on Rugby Tonight

Namibian flanker Jacques Burger is one of the Aviva Premiership's top tacklers. He was one of the more physical Saracens players against the Sharks at the weekend, where he made a few big hits. He's managed to combine his physical attributes with solid technique, as well as a fearless mindset.

In November he set a new record for tackles in a Premiership match, 36, breaking the previous milestone of 27 set by former England and Leicester Tigers flanker Lewis Moody.

In this amusing and informative masterclass video from Rugby Tonight he shows us how he does it.

Posted at 1:58 pm | 17 comments

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Mozz87 January 29, 2014 7:17 pm

Another quality piece on Rugby Tonight. Really interesting stuff! My favourite bit has to be Ben Kay putting the kid on his back "don't get cocky!" Big, tough man!

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DrG January 29, 2014 10:25 pm

Anyone know who the guy in the wheel chair is at around 1:05, neck injury player? Or someone with an illness?

Great video...however...'the face tackle'? Someone care to explain?

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Rugbydump January 30, 2014 5:25 pm

As mentioned in other comments, it's Matt Hampson. More about him and the Matt Hampson foundation here

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Phil mc avity January 29, 2014 11:48 pm

Brilliant video. The guy in the wheelchair (I think) was like an under 20s england prop who broke his neck, around...pff 2004 maybe before. But he was apparently quite a good player and had a really back scrum injury. I think him and a load of ex rugby players have set up a charity. He has been in England rugby magazine quite a lot, can't remember his name sorry.

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Phil mc avity January 29, 2014 11:50 pm

That's the story. His name is Matt.

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Canadian content January 30, 2014 12:19 am

Fun to watch, some ok points but really didn't learn much there, pretty basic stuff, which is I suppose why he's so good, but no doubt his bravery and physique help him as well

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matt January 30, 2014 6:23 pm

For me the key bits in that were the parts that they didn't really dwell on too much; making your contact point on and around the ball, and planning how you'll get back to your feet as you make the tackle. It seems basic, but it can make a huge difference

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Sean January 30, 2014 2:09 am

Guys... you can learn more about Matt here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Pb_9YpAWoY&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLubVgegS36EOM2ecn-huixoy1NKI-glcG

His foundation is the Matt Hampson foundation which is here www.matthampson.co.uk

More so than ever Hambo is genuinely inspirational and a huge part of the rugby community... read his book. You won't regret it - We are running a fundraiser at BT Sport at the moment with Jacques involved plus Danny Care, Austin Healey and Andy Goode... if you would like to donate it would really be appreciated and you can do so here... https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/btsportrugby

Thx @SeanPaulV

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MisterDavid January 30, 2014 4:01 pm

From where I'm standing, Burger is one of the best overseas signings a Premiership team has ever made (though I'm open to more suggestions!). Absolutely whole-hearted in every way; glad he's fit again.

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matt January 30, 2014 6:24 pm

Seems like a great player to me, but I would put Alesana Tuilagi at the top of that list, I think he was massively influential for those bastard tigers for almost a decade.

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Canadian content January 30, 2014 11:23 pm

I'd put Nick Evans up there.

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Reality January 31, 2014 11:16 am

If you want to extend it to European clubs then you can put Michael Bent and Leinster on that list.

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browner January 31, 2014 5:20 pm

Where are you standing?........in one-eyedsville ?
He has promise, sure..... But best ever needs to meet the longevity test
Tuigamala ticks a few boxes, but tuilagi also gets my vote.

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Anom April 16, 2014 9:12 am

Swing your hips round to get onside? Tackler can get to his feet and rip the ball/ruck from any side!

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