Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gonzalo Camacho tackle on Richie McCaw

Camacho looks to tackle McCaw
Known to the world as the finishes, wingers are often misunderstood as not having a high workload and not doing a lot beside finishing off what the forwards and playmakers create. Gonzalo Camacho started for Argentina on the right wing in four of the teams five matches at Rugby World Cup 2011 but failed to score a try. He was often seen in midfield as he had come off his wing to attempt to attack a channel in the centre of the park. Such an example being Lucas González Amorosino´s epic try in Argentina´s 13-12 win over Scotland in which Camacho had taken the ball up through the centre before being held and offloading to Patricio Albacete in the tackle. From the ruck, Argentina spun it to the right wing with Amorosino running his magic in place of Camacho who was still getting to his feet.

The dimensions of being an international winger are, indeed, not as simple as many percieve. Not only do wingers need to create opportunities themselves and do more than simply wait for play to open for them on the wing they also need to tackle. To be an international player a winger needs to, like anybody, have a good technique and be able to take down bigger men. The suggestion that a great attacker can hide on the wing and have his teammates do the tackling for him continues to exist but like there always comes a moment when a winger is tested to see if he can or cannot actually deliver a good tackler when required. Such a moment came to Gonzalo Camacho in the World Cup Quarter Final in Auckland with the All Blacks captain, Richie McCaw. Camacho is a lightweight at 82KG while McCaw is a big player, weighing 106KG. Such a weight difference would, stereotypically, see the winger ran over with the attacking side likely to gain plenty of ground and possibly score a try. It did not work out this way however as not only did Camacho deliver the tackle but he forced the All Blacks captain five metres backwards.