The player who “steals” the ball at the tackle (sometimes known as the “jackal”) often will find that as he picks up the ball the opposition support players arrive and try to knock him back off it. To keep possession he needs to stay in a strong, low position and pull the ball into his chest.
The ‘jackal’ has become extremely common in modern rugby parlance. Players like David Pocock, of Australia, and Wales captain Sam Warburton are lauded the world over for their ability to steal the ball in a contact situation. Even if they don’t win the ball, they often win a penalty because the speed with which they latch onto the ball often leads to the tackled player holding on.
Here is a tutorial video of how to execute the highly controversial Tackle and Jackal in Rugby. Included is a slide on Law, when and how to execute it, HD fi...
Here's a video to teach you how to jackal in a rugby match. Here's a video to teach you how to jackal in a rugby match.
The Dallas Jackals are a professional rugby team of Major League Rugby (MLR), the highest level of rugby competition in North America. The Jackals were named as an expansion team in 2020 and will play their inaugural season in 2022 at Choctaw Stadium (former home of the Texas Rangers).
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The jackal turnover is when a defending player attempts to strip the opposition player of the ball on the ground while supporting their own weight, with their head often low to the ground.
The 'jackal' style stripping of the ball is seen as the cause of a large number of injuries, with players' backs and necks vulnerable to strong impacts while they are crouched at the ruck.
A turnover is simply when possession is given to the opposing team. This can be through any way of dropping the ball, losing lineouts or scrums etc. A jackal turnover is when a player gets over a tackled player and takes the ball from them, or is awarded the penalty (and possession).