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

Ha, got one! Did you read the first 4-5 words of my comment? Of course I'm not seriously suggesting a citing, it was just a way of making a point.

But I do take issue with your comment, among others, which celebrate this tackle for its commitment and passion, where in actual fact his injury was almost inevitable precisely because of the type of tackle he executed.

"Putting his body on the line" is admirable up to a point and then it becomes irresponsible and reckless.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Ireland in pole position after O'Driscoll farewell thrashing of Italy

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA = Nice! Not as snappy a nickname as BOD but a very accurate one all the same.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

Yeah, that was a beauty. Same technique and execution as Lewsey's too.

The physical match-up is actually extremely similar, (according to Wikipedia at least):
Lewsey 1.80m 87kg v De Villiers 1.90m 103kg
Halfpenny 1.78m 85kg v Burrell 1.91m 104kg

As you said, Lewsey had to push De Villiers a greater distance to reach the touchline, so had to get a really good nudge on him. The point discussed above was whether you generate more power by getting yourself in front of the attacking player - seems pretty evident from both Lewsey and O'Connor tackles that this is not necessarily the case. Lewsey getting himself in front of De Villiers wasn't an option, but even if it was it would not be a better option.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

FatProp: "I seem to be wrong after looking at the comments"

Pleased to see that you acknowledge the Rugbydump comments section as the undisputed Oracle on facts.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

Completely agree. Also, keep the oppo guessing because he could just as easily replace one of the wings and keep that very promising centre partnership intact.

Stuart Lancaster seems to be considering the wing option too:
“He had very little training time with us ahead of last weekend’s game, but we’d be more comfortable bringing him in for this one and if we choose to go down that road, we’d look to him to make an impact off the bench. He could certainly cover wing as well as midfield, with Jack Nowell and Jonny May [the current first-choice wings] able to cover full-back.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-union/international/six-nations-2014-manu-tuilagi-looks-set-to-wing-his-way-into-england-action-against-italy-9182922.html

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

@Phil - surprised not to see you calling for Tuilagi to replace May on the wing.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

Phil mc avity: "I meant May was shite. But you probably got that anyway!"

Yes, I did get the general gist. Haven't seen this much wrath directed at one individual since your little pep talk via these pages to Dave Attwood. Hopefully Jonny May will respond in a similar fashion.......

BTW, I disagree, I think he's done very well so far. Haven't seen him make any mistakes under high ball and the lateral running is an optical illusion - if you watch carefully it's not aimless, he's probing for gaps and more often than not he seems to find an opportunity to straighten up and get some forward momentum together. And that try he should have grounded v Ireland, well he was being tackled by the top of his head, which slowed him down a bit, but yes he probably should have finished it - benefit of the doubt I reckon.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

England avenge Cardiff loss with convincing victory over Wales at Twickenham

FatProp: "Defence Defence Defence we were awesome "

Agree. When you see players like George North and Jamie Roberts aimlessly hoofing the ball away because they don't fancy trying to go through or around the defending player, you know the defence is at a seriously high standard.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

Arguably trolling a bit here, but I wonder if there's a case for a citing against Halfpenny here, for risking serious neck/shoulder injury through inappropriate tackling technique. I mean this is precisely the reason why players are picking up bans for tip tackles, is it not?

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

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

I'll just say that if I had to tackle Burrell's size moving at that speed, I'd be more comfortable using my shoulder than my head to stop him.

For any aspiring relatively small fullbacks reading, here's a demonstration / reminder of how to tackle a big rampaging centre (Lewsey on De Villiers, 2006):
http://www.rugbydump.com/2007/04/85/josh-lewseys-try-saving-tackle-on-jean-de-villiers

I suggest this is pretty conclusive evidence that you can indeed get enough force into the tackle without injuring yourself by getting your head on the wrong side.

4 Months, 2 Weeks ago

 
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