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Defence, who must tackle a player cutting in?

Hi. Please let me have your input. 15-a-side Boys. Whose responsibility is it to tackle a player that cuts into the backline? Lets say the attacking team's FB cuts in between the C's , should my inside C then go for the tackle? We have sweepers (usually the SH and no 8) to cover breaks.

Hi Johan,

Great question! If the opposition has managed to break through your defensive line and it is a scramble (messy) defence ideally one of your sweepers should be able to cover that tackle whether it is the SH, FB or No.8. However, if the opposition has broken through a solid defensive line (flat) it is down to the inside C to cover that tackle then if they miss the sweepers will be in place to cover.

Hope this helps!

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