I don't agree; McCaw was pretty flat footed and got smashed off the ball by the oncoming Mackintosh. I could see an argument for committing to the tackle if he was running at a gap with a full head of steam (in which case the attackers momentum takes him into the area where the defender would move to take up space). »
Gotta agree. I read during the week that of the forty guys in the French extended national squad, not one of them is the preferred kicker at their club. See Wilkinson, Mcallister, Steyn, Sexton, Kockett, James and the rest knocking penalties over in the Top 14 every week.