Johnny Sexton is one of the best defensive out-halves in world rugby. His ability to read the line, contribute to holding players up and dominate the initial collision make him a valuable asset to both Andy Farrell and Stuart Lancaster in their defensive set-ups for country and province.
In saying that, his tackling technique repeatedly leaves him open to injury. Sexton brings a high-tackle, as a result, he repeatedly takes bangs to the upper body and head. It is two years since Sexton took a break from the game due to successive concussions.
Leinster take on Exeter today in the Aviva Stadium and after two minutes they lost Sexton. In the build-up to the Chiefs opening try, Sexton shot up and made a high hit that didn't pay off:
It's an extremely valuable asset when he can hold a player up, but it's a high-risk strategy that has left him open on more than one occasion.
Sexton's overall game can compensate for a lack of 'choke' tackle. He left the field for a HIA and will not return. Ross Byrne came on, only to be taken off on the next play also due to injury.
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