The Chopper: Dan Lydiate
Any true rugby player will tell you that making that perfect tackle feels as good as scoring a try. I love it. You love. We all love a solid big-hit once in a while. But to master the technically perfect tackle and execute it every single time is something very few of us manage to obtain. Let’s take a look at the best in the business: Dan Lydiate. I could watch him defend all day. He never tackles too high, he never slips off a challenge he just chops, chops, chops all day long. You can’t run without your legs and with Lydiate tackling you, you’ll be lucky to have yours left.
Furthermore I’d love to see some stats about how Lydiate’s challenges affect the breakdown. I’m certain that more turnovers are won by the second man in to a Dan Lydiate tackle than anyone else. Not only does he turn them around, he chops players down so quickly that their support takes that bit longer to contest the breakdown, giving his side that extra second to get their hands on the ball.
…and it doesn’t matter who’s coming down his channel. Wesley Fofana and his fleeting French footwork? CHOP! Paul O’Connell? And his Irish Oak? CHOP! It doesn’t matter. YOU SHALL NOT PASS!!!!
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