England defense coach John Mitchell doesn’t want players discouraged from making dominant tackles despite the recent crackdown. “The only thing we can control is to make sure that we are disciplined in our practice in terms of the height of our tackles,” he said.
Last updated: 23/02/21 15:31 pm
John Mitchell doesn’t want England players to be dissuaded from making dominant tackles despite the recent wave of red cards.
Five layoffs marked the weekend’s round of Gallagher Premiership action while two players were sent off in the Guinness Six Nations, Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and Scotland’s Zander Fagerson.
It comes amid an ongoing crackdown on dangerous gambling, particularly involving the head, as gambling seeks to reduce instances of concussion.
England will resume their Six Nations title defense against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, aware of the need to win the battle on the winning line, with defense coach Mitchell keen to strike a balance in approaching zero tolerance for any challenge involving the head.
“The only thing we can control is to make sure we are disciplined in our practice in terms of the height of our tackles,” said Mitchell. “It gives players a better chance of not being penalized, but ultimately you really want to be dominant in your touch.
“The only way to get around the problem is for us to continue to practice tackling dominance in the best possible way, which will give players the best chance of not being sanctioned.
“We can’t control the extenuating circumstances for the slips or sudden up and down changes, so it’s about making sure we’re practicing the right height.
The only way around the problem is that we continue to practice tackling dominance in the best possible way, which will give players the best chance of not being sanctioned.
“It’s not something that we describe as the big picture and say, ‘Hey guys, watch this.’ That approach can be pretty negative. Players take responsibility for their careers. They take responsibility for their careers. understand that there are consequences, so for us it’s more about the practice of our tackle. “
Wales opened the Six Nations with narrow wins over Ireland and Scotland, while playing against 14 men on both occasions.
Even so, head coach Wayne Pivac appears to have stabilized the ship after his first year at the helm produced a six-game losing streak and they are one of only two teams still capable of winning the Grand Slam, alongside France.
Mitchell enjoys the preparation for the match and the match itself at the Principality Stadium as England hit the road for the first time at this year’s tournament, and is impressed with what he saw of the Welsh during their first two games.
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“A Wales test week is one of the best and I’ve been through a few,” said Mitchell. “They are extremely competitive and require us to work very, really hard for each other.
“This is one of those occasions that means a lot to both countries and the players. It is something that countries can support. Both countries have had sustained success, but none of it really matters. of importance when it comes to playing against each other.
“Wales are playing really well. They have a good balance in their game and are more aggressive. Wayne has been in the game for a long time and you can clearly see his philosophy come to fruition in terms of fast play and willingness to move. ball.”
“Like any good coach, you have to learn quickly at the highest level when you are not doing things right. You have to take your hat off because right now they are playing really good rugby.”