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Tackling key for Toomua

27th July 2013 15:53


Matt Toomua

Big on defence: Matt Toomua

Matt Toomua's inclusion in Ewen McKenzie's Wallaby training squad was in a large part due to his impressive tackling.

The Brumbies fly-half has gained a reputation has a tough tackler, a quality not possessed by that many number tens.

However, it is this area of his game that caught the eye of McKenzie and in conjunction with his powerful boot has seen Toomua rise into contention for a Wallaby jersey.

''His tackling has been outstanding, it's been a real feature,'' McKenzie told Rugby Heaven.

''He's been a very cold, calm player that can run the ball and can obviously play.

''He can kick the ball, so he's a very complete player, but some of his defensive work's been a feature - so he's got points of difference [to other fly halfs].''

Brumbies collision coach Brian Smith reveals that the contact area is one where Toomua looks to impose himself and with good effect.

''He loves it and when you watch some of the other No.10s in rugby I don't think you describe many of them as loving tackling,'' he said.

''He's got ideal body shape for it, he's powerful and he's developed a pretty tidy technique.

''So you put good attitude with all those ingredients and I think personally he's got a lot more in him from that point of view.''

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