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Rugby World - - THE ANALYST -

Aus­tralia are still adopt­ing a high, wrap-up tackle tech­nique, even when they have con­ceded the gain-line or are on the back foot. This only acts as a soak-up of pres­sure and un­less they get mul­ti­ple tack­lers and hold up the ball, they are con­ced­ing valu­able yards. Weak tack­les lead to off­loads and Ar­gentina sent lots of num­bers at weak tack­lers, flood­ing chan­nels that they were able to get through. In this ex­am­ple, Matías Or­lando pow­ers through the in­ef­fec­tual high tack­les of Reece Hodge and Kurt­ley Beale. Had Hodge gone low, Michael Hooper could have tried to jackal the ball at the break­down; in­stead, he’s scram­bling back and un­able to pre­vent an offload.

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