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Was watching the highlights the first Ashes test of 1994, one of the Lions' all-time great performances.

https://youtu.be/Wu67CsfrMzY

I'm a relatively newbie to TGG and I wondered when teams stopped the two-man, first man low, second man high tackle technique and why....?

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Leeds stopped using it when Barry MacDermotts technique covered both disciplines.

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34 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Was watching the highlights the first Ashes test of 1994, one of the Lions' all-time great performances.

https://youtu.be/Wu67CsfrMzY

I'm a relatively newbie to TGG and I wondered when teams stopped the two-man, first man low, second man high tackle technique and why....?

Great game that and my first ever international.

Davies was amazing.

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45 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Was watching the highlights the first Ashes test of 1994, one of the Lions' all-time great performances.

https://youtu.be/Wu67CsfrMzY

I'm a relatively newbie to TGG and I wondered when teams stopped the two-man, first man low, second man high tackle technique and why....?

I suppose, when more and more players (forwards as well as backs) are looking (wisely or otherwise) for offloads, you have to wrap up the tackled player's arms a.s.a.p.

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39 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Was watching the highlights the first Ashes test of 1994, one of the Lions' all-time great performances.

https://youtu.be/Wu67CsfrMzY

I'm a relatively newbie to TGG and I wondered when teams stopped the two-man, first man low, second man high tackle technique and why....?

The first man going for a legs tackle like that tends to give away a quick PTB because the attacker lands on his front. The defender is more likely to not be able to get round to be a marker, and the rest of the defensive line won't have much time once they get back to number up again and fix spacings. 

What is more common nowadays is a tackle like this - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cb_rq7GXEAA4QX5.jpg where the legs man is staying on his feet and looking to drive up. This tips the attacker back and means a front finish is less likely. As a result, you can get more numbers into the tackle and get a set defensive line. Some players are still good legs tacklers as in the video you linked, but a full team of them would mean you'd be fighting an uphill battle because you'd constantly be defending quick PTBs. 

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1 hour ago, Saint 1 said:

The first man going for a legs tackle like that tends to give away a quick PTB because the attacker lands on his front. The defender is more likely to not be able to get round to be a marker, and the rest of the defensive line won't have much time once they get back to number up again and fix spacings. 

What is more common nowadays is a tackle like this - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cb_rq7GXEAA4QX5.jpg where the legs man is staying on his feet and looking to drive up. This tips the attacker back and means a front finish is less likely. As a result, you can get more numbers into the tackle and get a set defensive line. Some players are still good legs tacklers as in the video you linked, but a full team of them would mean you'd be fighting an uphill battle because you'd constantly be defending quick PTBs. 

Lots of contact training also focuses on the wrestling aspect. Most clubs have full wrestle rooms now it is considered so important to controlling the tempo of a game.

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What a game that was. I was right above where Jiffy scored. Brings back great memories.

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Thanks for the replies. It struck me watching it that the first man invariably went low and second high.

Whereas now you'd more likely see both go high with often a third man taking the legs to complete the tackle.

Perhaps it is also a result of the 10 metre rule and more hit ups?

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20 hours ago, Futtocks said:

I suppose, when more and more players (forwards as well as backs) are looking (wisely or otherwise) for offloads, you have to wrap up the tackled player's arms a.s.a.p.

simply this

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