Originally Posted by TACKLE
Technique is important but the key to tackling is being fearless. You can't be tenative or afraid of missing the tackle. Once you refine your technique, when your tackling a guy don't think, just be aggresive. Sometimes you have to put your body in harms way to make the play. All the best tacklers I know all had one thing in common, they are all fearless and aggresive. Tackling is just as much physical as it is mental.
Yeah that's all true, but mentally thinking you have to be fearless and actually playing with no regard for your body are completely different things.
I've lived through this problem in a big way. When i was about 16 i was 6'1 and about 165lbs, absolute stringbean. I was playing outside centre and was doing alright in club competition but in representative stuff i was struggling to make the hits i was used to making. I had a bit of a dodgy shoulder (due to the fact there wasn't anythign else there besides skin and bone) so i lost confidence in defense in a big way and lost my fearless nature when making a tackle. 3 years later im 6'3 and 210lbs, i've moved to the forwards and although i'm still the 2nd smallest forward in my starting team i'd back myself to hit harder then all but one. So really i think when your a smaller guy it's gotta be all technique. Hit the gym, get some confidence in what your body can put up with, and then it's time to really dish out some hits.