Posted 23 April 2013 - 07:41 AM
Don't want to turn this into a shoulder charge debate but the ironic thing for me (do they do irony in Australia?) was that the build up VT for the Auz v NZ game showed a number of big hits in an effort to big up the game, 90% of them were shoulder charges.
It would be more sensible to ban players who shoulder charge to the head, make the ban significant so as to encourage better technique. You can liken it to the spear tackle. When it was legal, it was simply hands down the most dangerous tackle in the game. The comparison would be to prevent anyone lifting an attacker off his feet, but that simply wouldn't be practical.....you can still seriously injure a player by picking him up and dumping them on their back, but that's still allowed, why? Because its part of the game. Legal shoulder charges are part of the game and are necessary in some instances - a winger the size of Ryan Hall rampaging down the wing to squeeze in at the corner and Tomkins comes across and shoulder charges him into touch by the corner flag....should that be a penalty try? You would have to say yes as in such an instance a traditional tackle by Tomkins on a guy twice his size would be ineffective. Crazy rule.
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