Tackle characteristics and outcomes in match-play rugby league: the relationship with tackle ability and physical qualities

Speranza, Michael J. A. and Gabbett, Tim J. and Greene, David A. and Johnston, Rich D. and Townshend, Andrew D. (2017) Tackle characteristics and outcomes in match-play rugby league: the relationship with tackle ability and physical qualities. Science and Medicine in Football, 1 (3). pp. 265-271. ISSN 2473-3938


Abstract

Purpose: This study examined tackle characteristics and their relationships with match-play tackle outcomes, tackling ability, and physical qualities in rugby league players.

Methods: Fifteen rugby league matches were analysed, with the tackle characteristics and outcomes of 2355 tackle events coded. Muscle strength and power tests, and a standardized assessment of tackling ability were performed in 16 players. Results: Medium body position, utilizing a shoulder or smother tackles, and producing leg drive upon contact decreased the odds of a missed tackle. Performing a front-on tackle, with a contact zone at the chest region reduced the odds of an offload. Tackling ability was significantly related to defenders moving forward prior to contact (rs = 0.60, 95% CI 0.15–0.85, P = 0.02), front-on tackles (rs = 0.53, 95% CI 0.05–0.81, P = 0.04), and displaying medium body height (rs = 0.57, 95% CI 0.10–0.83, P = 0.02) in match-play tackles. Lower-body strength was significantly related to defenders exhibiting a medium body position (rs = 0.60, 95% CI 0.15–0.85, P = 0.01) and the ball-carrier being placed on their back (rs = 0.72, 95% CI 0.35–0.90, P = 0.002).

Conclusion: The findings suggest that match-play tackle performance is related to both tackle characteristics and physical qualities.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2019 03:45
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2019 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: defence, wrestle, contact, collision, strength
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/24733938.2017.1361041
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36436

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