Monday, 11 March 2013

What ever happened to Wingers being able to Tackle ?

Rugby is a tough physical sport for a reason.

Before I start, let me clarify that not ALL wingers are bad tacklers, Hosea Gear and Julian Savea are fantastic tacklers and have great ability in the skill, however some of their counterparts are a disgrace to their roll.
           I don't mean to hurt anybody's feelings, but the sad truth is that wingers, in general, are shit at tackling. In the way that the sport is played, tackling is one of the most iconic parts of our game and adds great entertainment and fun. Many players take pride in their efforts and attempts in making a "good hit" but this seems to completely go out the window for wingers. Merely chasing or running after the ball carrier is acceptable apparently, because no attempt in contact is made ? You might be thinking, "what ? This never happens". Next time you see an overlapping try, have a look at the wingers attempt. 9/10 they will fail to even make an effort, just chasing after the ball instead. The only time a winger will tackle is if somebody will run right into them, and in this case this will only lead to disaster. Not very often do you see a winger successfully pull off a good tackle. If they 
do get anywhere near contact they almost try to grab the player with their hands instead of using their shoulders. Fullbacks are put at last men for the very reason that they are consistent and reliable at tackling. Maybe they could teach wingers a thing or two at training perhaps ?
             I'm not saying that wingers couldn't ever tackle but more they can't now by the looks of it. A few years ago some of the most physical players were wingers,  Jonah Lomu, Brian Lima and Caucaunibuca to name a few and often put forwards on their backs from the impact. Lets just hope somebody does something to change this back to the way it used to be.

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