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Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

I read your comment as if it was written by a fan and/or a player of the sport - I didn't actually notice the name... Don't worry, gender does not make your comment any less or more valid.

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Again, as I said in length above the tackles provided by Stroudos are different as they are from behind... you cannot easily compare...

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

I really wasn't trying to imply that anyone attempting the last man tackle should forget all basics and throw head/neck/everything in as 1/2p appeared to do but in comparing the two tackles the main points that cropped up in favour of my comment are:

1) As you mentioned, there was no way for Lewsey to GET in front so his options were limited to performing that cracking hit!

2) Lewsey hit JDV at about 5-6 metres out from the try line. 1/2p made the hit at 4-5 metres out from the try line.

3) Just the angles are all different - 1/2p is not steaming across, he is sort of sweeping behind the other defenders, so he ends up in front of Burrell.

4) Just added this one, if you look at both players JDV and Burrell, they both brace for the impact, Burrell however leans forward and into 1/2p with all of himself, whereas JDV appears that all that he can do in that position is lean his upper body in 'sideways' which wouldn't have allowed him to brace quite as hard...

Both the tackles above JOC and Lewsey were tackles from behind it is also totally evident that Bowe (was it?) was out of steam, whereas Burrell was like a tank that day.

Anyway, you are completely correct in promoting good form so as to limit player injury, it is only my thoughts that on the day I don't feel 1/2p given his field positions etc (which could be at fault?) would have been able to stop Burrell from dotting down on the line had he gone for the legs. Just watching the game I felt Burrell had too much over 1/2p.

Oh and last but not least... We are talking about Lewsey here, he is somewhat renowned for his tackling - At least to a certain Aussie fella!

1 Month, 1 Week ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Facepalm, I see your point, but I suppose it's a case of never giving up. It is sad to see 1/2p suffer such an injury for; dare I say it, no reason *ducks from Welsh abuse* - at least from a final whistle point of view. Then again, we've all been fooled by the bounce of the ball, so you never know what that try saver COULD have meant in the next 5 minutes of the game. But of course, looking back, that tackle would be far more suited to the 80th minute of a match in which Wales were leading by 1 point to win every trophy known to the rugby world and 1/2p gets injured but saves the day.

As for the technique, I of course wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but I'm glad people have seen what I was getting at.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Pipo I wouldn't say this tackle is 'better' as such... in fact it's a pretty awful tackle in terms of technique - said the amateur to Halfpenny the professional... But what I was getting at with my initial comment was that in theory if 1/2p used his LEFT shoulder to make the hit (regardless of which is his stronger shoulder) then his body will end up behind Burrell and then I suspect the momentum gained by Burrell would've/could've/should've carried him forward over the try line leaving 1/2p holding onto his legs - which could have possibly still been a try saver if his legs had been dragged out.

But, what it looks like 1/2p has done here as best as he can is locked himself tight and driven just in front of Burrell sort of forcing Burrell to go around 1/2p, which in this case seems like a more effective method of getting the player into touch.

It's a little hard to describe and perhaps someone else can have a better attempt at describing it..

As I said a little up there, a perfectly good technique might still have resulted in a try saving tackle but this probably had a better chance.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

One of the commentators mentioned he thought 1/2p slipped before stopping Care?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Makes you wonder if his body has taken some strain over the relatively short years and whether had he done this exact tackle on Burrell two years ago he'd have been fine?

Interesting point, a lot of people might comment on poor technique regarding his head being on the wrong side, but perhaps he wouldn't have stopped that try had his head been on the other side? In other words he put enough of himself between Burrell and the try line to force Burrell out.

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

Wales had a few good attacks but nothing came from them either through good England defence or poor Welsh decision making - one being North or Cuthbert kicking ahead instead of passing(?) - No guarantee of a try of course but much more of a possibility than a ball going over the dead ball.

Roberts is normally a big guy who smashes through... Taking what it says on google, he is 6ft 4 and 110kg. 36 is 6ft 3 and 100kg - I am actually surprised by those stats as I feel 36 looks a lot smaller, but he completely dominated Roberts, despite being the smaller of the 2.

At the moment I feel Burrell is offering more to the game than I have seen Tuilagi do. On Burrell himself: The guy is so new to the international scene (not the pro scene) and he is racking up some seriously good points and not just as a result of being a supporting player to someone else that has done all the hard work. What I think is fantastic for this England team is that they are building up so many options and all the options offer SOMETHING, as you were saying, you can imagine Burrell going off and the opposition thinking 'phew, glad he's gone' and then on comes Tuilagi...

I thought Wales were sadly very lost. I think they 'deserved' a try for a couple of their efforts, but all those penalties were ridiculous and without them I think Wales would have had an even darker day.

Just a quick note to say I hope 1/2p gets fixed up soon. Sad to see a man of his calibre pick up a nasty injury like that!

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

Brian O'Driscoll on the brink of breaking Wallaby George Gregan's Test cap record

Whats with the *'s ? Confused... Nice team though...

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

O2 Inside Line - Season 4 Episode 7

I see people mentioning the scrums in here. I really don't have a clue right now based on the previous performances. I might have actually forgotten how good/bad they were against Ireland, but I seem to recall there being a lot of 'official talk' amongst the pundits stating how Ireland's pack were far superior to Englands, at least from an experience point of view and how Ireland were most likely going to ruin Englands scrum at every turn - But if I recall correctly this didn't happen EVERY scrum, it seemed like many went against England, but that the difference between the two packs was not as huge as predicted. I recall a few times where Ireland really ripped through the England pack, but I don't recall the England scrum being useless in comparison.

So all that being said, I think perhaps they might have a better chance in the forwards than people are giving them credit for.

The backs is going to be interesting, Roberts against Burrell? I'm surprised by the show that Burrell has put on so far, he has really shown confidence in the role and has stepped up. He might get caught out due to inexperience, but I think he probably fancies himself against Roberts.

Judging by the Ireland game, I'd say England has a very good chance. Admittedly I felt that Ireland were poor in terms of loose kicking, but even when they ran the ball, the England defence held strong, so it could be a game that comes down to kicking, in which case it could go either way, 1/2p is a great kicker and so is Farrell...

Looking forward to it... Wonder if Mike Phillips and Farrell will get into a little tussle - If MP is playing that is?!?

1 Month, 2 Weeks ago

 
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