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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Gareth Edwards' great try for the Barbarians in 1973

Barbarians 1973 - Gareth Edwards try

The Barbarians and the All Blacks met at Cardiff in 1973 and the match produced a moment that will never be forgotten, and has since been recognised as one of the greatest tries ever scored, if not the greatest.

That moment, one of the most played clips on television, came right at the start, when after just four minutes Gareth Edwards scored one of the best tries ever recorded on film.

Cliff Morgan's famous commentary:
"Kirkpatrick to Williams. This is great stuff. Phil Bennett covering, chased by Alistair Scown. Brilliant! Oh, that's brilliant! John Williams, Pullin, John Dawes. Great dummy! David, Tom David, the half-way line. Brilliant by Quinnell. This is Gareth Edwards. A dramatic start. What a score!"

"The game against the All Blacks is one I will never forget and those of us who played in it will never be allowed to forget," said Edwards.

It was the Welsh half-back pair of Phil Bennett and Gareth Edwards that started and finished the move. Gareth remembers the day vividly. "The game against the All Blacks is one I will never forget and those of us who played in it will never be allowed to forget. It is a match that will live with me forever.

"People tend only to remember the first four minutes of the game because of the try, but what they forgot is the great deal of good rugby played afterwards, much of which came from the All Blacks.

"After the success of the 1971 Lions tour, which captured the imagination of the whole country, it was an opportunity to bring a lot of that side together again."

Final score: 23-11

This try is widely regarded as one of the greatest tries of all time, with a great piece of commentary

Posted at 9:53 am | 14 comments

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Anonymous April 11, 2007 5:25 pm

best tri ever tha number 10's steps r magic

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OSFlanker April 20, 2007 10:37 am

This try sums uo what the Barbarians are about. Of course that team had quite a few players with the most outrageous sidesteps ever in rugby.

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Anonymous May 01, 2007 2:57 am

the pass to the halfback looks SO close to forward. Hate to be a nay syaer, but... yeah...

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Will Topps May 07, 2007 12:38 pm

Best thing about it is the commentary. ''This is wonderful stuff!''

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Anonymous June 24, 2007 10:36 am

the best bit about it is the pace from edwards at the end!! jst explodeds and leaves the NZ cover defence for dead and the best bit of it all most of them were welsh!!!!! awesum try!!!!

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Peter November 01, 2007 8:47 am

IIRC 7 of that team were Welsh (yes, I did watch the match live).JPR Williams (Full back), John Bevan (wing), Gareth Edwards & Phil Bennett (half-backs), John Dawes (capt, centre), Tom David (flanker), Derek Quinnell (lock).The other players: Props Sandy Carmichael, Ray McLoughlin; Hooker: John Pullin; Lock: Willy-John McBride; No 8: Rob Wilkinson;Wing: David Duckham; Centre: Mike Gibson; Flanker: Fergus Slattery.The only game I ever watched which came close to that in quality and excitement was France v NZ, 1999.

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Anonymous January 03, 2008 7:05 pm

Sheer class. I know a welshman who saw this game live, said it was one of the best games he's ever seen in his lifetime.

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dave January 04, 2008 11:21 am

Greatest try in the history of the game, appropriately finished by the greatest scrum half, and player, to play it.

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Christy January 04, 2008 4:06 pm

Exactly what barbarian rugby is about

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julesdarcy January 07, 2008 12:44 pm

I don't know if that try could be scored today as there were at least 2 high tackles in the run up to the game. If the ref didn't see them, the TJs would have and as they are miked up now, he probably would have stopped the game. Glad he didn't though!

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 12:16 pm

Bennett's sidesteps were awesome, jules - did you notice both high tackles were on jpr?

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evnz May 14, 2008 3:38 pm

topped of by the greatest player ever in my and many others eyes

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Anonymous October 14, 2008 12:04 pm

Those Steps Are .......OUTRAGEOUS!!!

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Anonymous March 28, 2010 4:33 pm

the pass from Quinnell was indeed forward but Raymond Domench, the ref, was asked afterwards why he didn't call it up and stop the move and he said "who am I to stand in the way of history?" :) Quality stuff

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