prisoner helps Bennett's men toughen their defence
- 3rd October 2010
Sydney Morning Herald)
CAGE fighter who shared a jail cell with Ivan Milat
is the secret to St George Illawarra's impenetrable
Long Bay inmate Mick Cutajar, who did time for a bungled
armed robbery, was enlisted as Wayne Bennett's wrestling
coach at the start of the season.
who has long been a critic of the grapple tackle,
was so impressed with Cutajar's contribution that
he recently signed a certificate of appreciation for
the renowned judo instructor.
asked his staff to scour the land for martial-arts
experts in the off season to give his 2010 campaign
an edge. They settled upon Cutajar, one of Australian
sport's most colourful personalities.
has turned his life around and the Dragons into the
NRL's most feared defensive unit. In an average game,
the joint-venture club leads the league for least
points conceded (12), tries conceded (2.1), line breaks
conceded (3.2) and missed tackles (26.5).Cutajar explained
how his tackling techniques have helped the Dragons
progress through to today's grand final against the
developed a method where Dragons players, once they
had the opposition on the ground, they could use their
hip pivots to get up in one motion,'' he said.
slows down the play-the-ball and gives you more time
to get back into the line. That meant [the attacking
player] had to physically get up, turn around and
face the other way to play the ball.''
other big adjustment was the moment of impact itself.
about using your hips instead of brute force to get
technique also reduced injury, Cutajar said.