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Friday, July 06, 2007

The classic 'Wall' set piece try by Sale Sharks

The Wall try

This is a look at a fantastic set piece 'Wall' try, as seen in days gone by, scored here by the Sale Sharks vs Ospreys in the Heineken Cup.

Argentinian Fernandez Lobbe finishes it off, but the deception and trickery is set up by the halfback and the forwards. These used to be practiced over and over on the training ground and when they come off, magic.

These days you don't see it often though, mainly due to a law change.

It's unfortunate as it used to be one of the more exciting and interesting - if not amusing - aspects of the game. It would be great to bring it back at some stage.

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:55 am | View Comments (29)

Posted in Great Tries, See it to Believe it

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Anonymous July 06, 2007 9:34 am

That is so Old School!

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Dan July 06, 2007 10:14 am

Class, also highlights nicely what a complete cretin cockbain is.

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Anonymous July 06, 2007 10:16 am

haha im 16 we did that for club rugby cept ours had a chip in it ..we scored as well lol

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Peter July 06, 2007 10:40 am

Well you could say that they were setting up for a drive but decided to pass the ball out in the last minute.

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Anonymous July 06, 2007 1:00 pm

pretty poor defense only having one man running at the wall

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Thor July 06, 2007 3:54 pm

Poor defense, excellent set-piece, nothing illegal.

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Anonymous July 06, 2007 7:03 pm

Well its perfectly legal my u16 team has used it loads of times during the last season what puts teams off is that once you know how to counter it ul end up getting a lot of shoulder in the back ! And on top of that you have to go through it several times to make sure you dont accidentaly offside etc

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dai July 07, 2007 6:35 pm

dan, don't understand why you singled Cockbain out; this was simply a very poor piece of defence by the Ospreys. It was a basic tap penalty move & the runner should have been spotted & smashed behind the gain line.

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Anonymous July 08, 2007 10:08 am


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Anonymous July 08, 2007 11:04 am

nice but illegal.

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MVRFC July 09, 2007 12:35 pm

Nothing illegal there whatsoever, you may not run in front of a potential tackler, thus impeding him from making the tackle, however there is nothing illegal about sheilding the ball from the opposition, otherwise the rolling maul would be illegal.nice to see a bit of creativity, isn't it?

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H July 11, 2007 1:20 pm

so wat about when a player goes into the tackle to set up a maul and turns his back? isn't that pretty much just the same?

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Anonymous July 13, 2007 10:43 pm

This move was originally created by a team in wales called Newbridge RFC, in the days of welsh fly half Paul Turner

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Anonymous July 15, 2007 4:59 pm

We used to practice moves like that at under age level, nothing illegal about it. Shame you do often see it at high level.

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Anonymous July 16, 2007 3:36 pm

That was a perfectly run wall. When done well, it is very nice play. We ran into a club trying to use it last Fall. Unfortunately for them, the best way to defense it is to pick out a couple guys in the wall and hit them as hard as you can in the back. After we did it a couple times they stopped running the wall or maybe their forwards refused to stand there with their backs turned to us.

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No.7 August 01, 2007 3:09 pm

Awesome!!!! can't see anything illegal there, no one is blocking or anything no crossing etc!!!

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Anonymous September 11, 2007 1:51 pm

the way to defend that is to tackle all the guys from the wall, although you dont know if they have the wall, then the ref will probably see its illegal to hide the ball when not in a maul

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Anonymous October 07, 2007 12:10 pm

we had a team try to do this against us a couple of times and we either smashed the backs of the players in the wall or even better and wot stopped them doing it was to put hard tackle on the knees of the outside of the wall that stopped them, although if done well against a bad defence it is nice to see

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Anonymous November 28, 2007 9:29 pm

in holland is a club (diok) they do that all the time

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Anonymous March 23, 2008 5:53 pm


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Anonymous April 30, 2008 7:27 pm

you need a fair bit of time spent on the training pitch to pull that offthe only wat you can stop a try is either if you have eagle eyes or if your defence is up unbelievably quick

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the mighty stef May 01, 2008 11:02 am

i coach a youth team and it works incredibly well against younger kids who aren't as discipined in defence...just give it to one of the fatties on the crash and no-one wil go near him!!!!!

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Anonymous July 02, 2008 4:52 am

as long as the flat line defence stayed flat on that play nothing would have come from it. but because the line broke down a hole was created thus allowing Lobbe to trot in for 5 points. That is a sick play though, creates enough confusion for a hole to be created as the defence does not know where their defence marks are for a second might have to show this to my team during a training session

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Anonymous August 18, 2008 8:25 pm

hahaha that was awesome we need to see more of these awwww hahahaha classic

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Anonymous August 27, 2008 5:27 pm

my high school club has that play but we have 3 or 4 different variations to it and its quite easy to defend...all you have to do is pick a guy and stay with him there is always a guy running on to the ball from left right and middle...ive been on the reciving end of those blind tackles they dont feel to good

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Anonymous August 29, 2008 10:33 pm

We used that in our club and i got a try!

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jg December 20, 2011 8:38 pm

haha the exact move we used to do in year 6 prep school rugby, a classic

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Colombes December 21, 2011 12:51 pm

nice piece of rugby. but nowadays it would be it would be illegal because the law on "block" players,

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Gozzer December 23, 2011 8:45 am

nothing illegal about this (although some inexperienced referees have differed) I have used it with great success (as one of five different options off the same set up - the call depending on how the defence is organised) at every level of the game. Gozzer

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