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A rugby match can not be won with an all out attack mindset only. A defensive mindset and the skills to go with it is very important. That means you have to know how to execute a rugby tackle effectively without doing yourself an injury.

The rugby tackle is important because it gives your team the opportunity to stop an attacking player, win possession of the ball, and giving your team the chance to launch a counter-attack. Remember … rugby is all about possesion.

What You Should Understand About The Rugby Tackle

  • The tackle is a learned skill the only improves with practice.
  • Effective execution of a tackle will give you dominance over the ball carrier.
  • Understanding tackling techniques will give you the confidence to execute a tackle correctly.

Technical Aspects Of The Rugby Tackle

  • Set an early defensive line and make sure you communicate with players inside and outside of you.
  • Adopt a low crouching position and come of the defensive line hard! Line speed is everything.
  • Aim for the hip area with your head facing to the left or right from the contact zone. Right shoulder – face left. Left shoulder – face right.
  • One meter from point of contact, place your outside foot inbetween the ball carriers’ stride. Hit the body under the ball.
  • Use your outside hand to hook below the attacking players’ outside knee (upper-calf area).
It is important to execute fast line-speed and smash hard in rugby tackles.

Aim for the hip area with your head facing to the left or right from the contact zone. Right shoulder – face left. Left shoulder – face right.

  • Once your shoulder makes contact with the ball carrier, squeeze your elbows together and pump your legs (strong leg-drive). Finish on top of him.
  • Immediately release once the opposition player is on the ground.
  • Get up quickly and attack the ball (win possesion).
Get Up Quickly And Attack The Ball

Get up quickly and attack the ball.

Develop a Defensive Mindset

  • Organize the defensive line.
  • Speed off the line is crucial. You have to be faster than the attacking ball carrier.
  • Hit hard and low. Get back to your feet as quickly as possible.
  • Get your hands on the ball and win possession for your team.
  • Keep on working hard after the tackle.

How To Do It

Here’s a video posted by the Texas Rugby Union with Jamie Joseph (ex-All Black lock and flanker) demonstrating tackle techniques.

Here’s another video with Brendan Venter (ex-Springbok centre) taking some schoolboy players through tackling drills.

Source : BOKSMARTSA

There you have it!

Turn your yourself into a dominating tackler capable of stopping the opposition ball carrier on the gain line and winning turnovers for your team. 

The Human Trainer body weight suspension training.

Travelers sometimes find it difficult to exercise due to a lack of gym facilities, communication issues in foreign countries, or being forced to sign up for expensive gym contracts. Any of these situations can be very frustrating but there is a solution for for people on the road to stay fit and in shape … the Human Trainer Suspension Gym.

Suspension gyms always seem to be incorporated into popular workouts in some way or another. They are used by elite athletes to increase their all-round flexibility, agility and core. They also give you a great full body workout. They are portable, fun and easy to use.

Introducing the Human Trainer

The Human Trainer offers you a way to work out that is highly efficient, works your whole body, adapts to any fitness level and is actually fun.

Instead of using bulky weights, plates, or pulleys, The Human Trainer uses the human body for resistance. The dynamic resistance principal allows you to instantly adjust the amount of your body weight you are lifting by simply shifting your angle. You can lift as little or as much as you can by simply changing the angle of your body.

What The Human Trainer Is All About

It allows you to switch from one exercise to another without consuming a lot of your workout time. With a simple adjustment of the detachable handle to any one of the five rings on the main strap and you’re on to the next exercise. With it’s unique dual strap design you can even do dips, chin-ups and pull-ups.

Engage you core and stabilizer muscles like never before. The multiple clipping positions mean that you can quickly adapt The Human Trainer to do a any number of exercises including:

  • pull ups
  • dips
  • rows
  • chest press
  • ab crunches
  • assisted squats
  • tricep press
  • and dozens more

 

The Human Trainer Essential Kit comes with …

  • Two main straps
  • Two hand handles
  • Two foot cradles
  • Two door stoppers
  • User manual
  • Door hanger
The Human Trainer Essential Kit offers you everything you need for a mobile full body workout.

The doorstoppers are very handy when traveling and you don’t have a place to stabilize your suspension gym. You can even continue using the door with doorstoppers in place. The user manual gives you an all-round overview of the product and also includes instructions and even some illustrated exercises. The door hanger is comes in handy when you want to warn other door users that a workout is in session.

If you prefer to add on all the available accessories, you can consider the Full Potential Complete Kit. These extras include …

  • Ceiling mounts
  • Versatility anchors
  • Extra hand handles
  • Ab straps
The Human Trainer Full Potential Complete Kit offers you versatility options for indoor and outdoor training and workouts.

The versatility anchors comes in handy when you are training outdoors and need to make use of trees or jungle gyms.

What We Enjoy Most About The Human Trainer

What we appreciate about the Human Trainer Suspension Gym is that it doesn’t take up a lot of room. It’s lightweight and portable so you can travel with it. It also has an attachment so it can be used outdoors.

If you want to enjoy a nice summers day, but also feel the need for a workout, no problem. Just pack your Human Trainer in a bag, find a suitable area at the beach, the park (jungle gyms or trees) and enjoy the best of both worlds.

You can check the Human Trainer out here.

The Human Trainer body weight suspension training.

The Busan Bandits RFC and Laochra Busan GAA in association with the Wolfhound Irish Pub & Restaurant and the Busan British Society hosted a friendly Beach Cricket event on Haeundae Beach, Busan.

Beach cricket in Busan, hosted by the Busan Bandits RFC and Laochra Busan GAA

The event took place on Sunday, May 5th and all participants met up at 12 noon in front of Palez de Cz, Haeundae Beach.

For future reference, check out the Google Map for directions.

With summer looming, it turned out to be a nice sunny day. The Bandits, with friends and family, showed up in full force and introduced beach cricket to Busan and Haeundae Beach. For many, it was their first taste of cricket and fun was had by all. The match naturally attracted a lot of local attention. Many people out to enjoy the warm sunny weather were curiously watching on and taking pictures.

After the match there was a lot of tired and sun-kissed bodies. Many of whom will feel the pain the day after. The Wolfhound Pub & Restaurant offered drink specials after proceedings on the beach and the ‘refreshment station’ was well attended.

Due to its success , more such beach events will be staged during the summer months. Watch this page for updates on upcoming events or Contact Us for more information.

Bring your family, friends or team, and join in on the fun. If you’re not sure what beach cricket is all about, scroll down to read more about the game.

AND, it is always a good idea to bring your own beach gear and refreshments for the duration of the event. 

Right, so …

What is Beach Cricket?

Beach cricket is a casual version of the game played on the beach and includes just about anyone that wishes to play. Every player is free to participate in the making of the rules before, or as the game progresses. This makes it an ideal game for families, friends, wannabe cricketers and just about anybody who has never wielded the willow before.

While there are some serious competitions and tournaments happening on beaches around the world, each of which have their own guidelines and variations, we’ll make an effort to provide you with some of the basics. These basics covers most of beach cricket variations … all of which are loosely based on the conventional regulations of the gentleman’s game.

The Busan Bandits playing beach cricket on Haeundae Beach, Busan.
  • Standard equipment includes a bat, ball (generally a tennis ball – it hurts less and tends to bounce more than any other kind of ball) as well as two sets of stumps (more than often a beer cooler at opposite ends will do the trick).
  • If only one set of stumps (or none) is readily available, the non-strikers end can be marked by anything and everything. Just use your imagination. The strikers-end usually has a wicket-keeper, but again, pretty much anything can be used to try and stop the ball if missed by the batsman.
  • There are generally no limitations or hard and fast rules as to the number of players allowed. Pretty much anyone and his (or her) dog can play. Teams may also vary from one (1) to a hundred (100) or even more per side! Whatever makes you happy on the day will suffice.
  • Even the number of fielders depend on the rules that have been made up for the game. Often than not, everyone involved in the game can field until all the batsmen are out or retired. Simply decide what works best for you.
  • Often the individual getting the batter out, gets to bat next. This will largely depend on whether you are playing as teams or as individuals.
  • Matches could be made up of any number of overs per side (6 balls being one over). If time allows, more innings can be added in between the all-important lunch, drink and adult refreshment breaks.
  • If there is a limited number of players, each player can keep their own scores or team up in twos, threes etc. This usually leads to any number of disagreements and controversy, but it’s all part of the fun.
  • Wides and no-balls normally do not exist in beach cricket and the ‘leg before wicket’ (lbw) rule is optional at best – simply because there are no umpires involved.
  • Batsmen can be out via any one of the usual methods such as being caught, run out, or bowled. More rules to get a batsman out can be made up – ANYTHING GOES.
  • A ball hit directly (without a bounce) into the sea, is generally declared a six (6), but the responsible batsman is given out and has to collect the ball – no exceptions! Furthermore, if a batsman hits the ball into a group of unsuspecting (and pissed off) beachgoers, he or she needs to man up (or woman up) and personally collect the ball. Again, no exceptions!
  • A one-handed catch frequently implies that the innings in play has come to a sudden halt (is over). Also, the batsman may be obliged to run when his or her bat touches the ball when attempting playing a shot. This rule is negotiable.
  • If the ball is lost in the sand, or someone’s dog ran off with it, the batsman who played the shot may continue to run between the wickets until the ball has been retrieved. This kind of (rare) situation could lead to a record number of runs and possibly a mention in the Guiness Book of Records.
  • Batters are allowed to keep their own score and must it call out at the end of each run. Cheaters are usually dealt with (harshly) after the match(es).
  • Batters are generally expected to “declare” after reaching a 100 not out. This is to prevent the game from running out of daylight, boredom setting in, or even more concerning … running out of beers. These concerns could happen in any particular order.
  • A match should never (ever) be stopped because of rain. A tsunami or cyclone, hurricane and typhoon (depending on where in the world and what beach you are playing) could well be an exception. Other than a possible (aforementioned) disaster, only an empty cooler may halt proceedings. SUCH irresponsible and atrocious planning is considered bad sportsmanship and is usually dealt with in any number of appropriate manners .
  • Beach cricket rules are made to be stretched to the point of … well, you know what we mean. Just see what you can get away with on the day.
  • Any participant found guilty of annoying calls, comments, cheating, backchatting and sledging are allowed to be (unceremoniously) dunked in the sea – or dealt with in any other manner deemed proper.

There you have it folks. Beach cricket is an improvised free-for-all game where anything goes. You can expect (almost bet the family farm on) fluke catches, demolished sandcastles, regular ‘adult refreshment’ breaks, idiots that hogg the batting, frequent tantrums and bitching as well as relationship breakups.

Watch the video below to get more of an idea of what it is about …

If you intend doing some more research into the game, you could possibly take a look at the rules employed in the Beach Cricket Tri-nations series which was contested in the past by former cricketing greats from Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa.

Rules include eight overs in an innings, the use of ‘Captain’s Choice’ overs when the captains are allowed to field the batsmen and bowlers of their own choosing.

Also, when a batsman is dismissed, he or she keeps batting but loses runs. This means that, if a team is really bad, it is possible to make a negative score.

All seriousness aside, beach cricket is far more fun if you just relax and make up the rules as you go along.

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