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Friday, September 21, 2007

Damian Smith try vs England - 1995 Rugby World Cup

Damian Smith try vs England - 1995 Rugby World Cup

This is one of my favourite and most memorable tries from the 1995 World Cup in South Africa. Young Wallaby wing Damian Smith gets up high to catch the perfectly placed Michael Lynagh bomb.

Mike Catt is literally knocked over in the process of attempting to mark it, and Smith rolls over for a fantastic try.

Brilliant athleticism and commitment, keeping his eyes on the ball at all times. A truly great World Cup try.

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:26 am | View Comments (14)

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 12:30 pm

And all to no avail. Oh well, never mind lads.

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 12:59 pm

I remember this one...Trully great and a reminder that the fundamentals of rugby make all the diference at this level.Forget pace and tackling, keeping your eyes on the ball at all times gives you an edge over sloppy defenders like those english.

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 2:27 pm

If that was done today there would have been players tactically postioned to block him

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 3:26 pm

Mike Catt has never liked the physical stuff. I mean, all he had to do was jump for the ball, that's all Damian Smith did.Remember Lomu bulldozing him the next match!

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Anonymous September 22, 2007 5:34 am

Mike got totally exposed for being a wuss by not jumping and challenging for the ball haha...

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boomshanka September 24, 2007 9:50 am

he started his jump from so far out... wicked

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I really do talk a l September 24, 2007 3:28 pm

1995 was not Mike Catt's favourite year by the looks of things.

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Anonymous September 25, 2007 6:45 pm

Was the kicked English fullback OK???

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Paul Sutton October 10, 2007 5:21 am

Yes, Catt was perfectly fine. He lasted longer in the 2007 World Cup than the whole Australian team.

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Waldo October 11, 2007 3:37 pm

Was the ball actually grounded?

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alex January 17, 2008 2:45 am

how can you forget tackling? surely along with passing that is the most important fundamental of rugby? sounds to me like a weak aussie picking up on one of the wallabies greatest strengths; keeping their eye on the ball. good comment mate.

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NovaRick May 14, 2008 4:36 pm

Catt didn't jump because he wanted to call the mark, and in 199 to call mark you actually had to make one! unlike now where you can call it in the air....

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Benson May 14, 2008 7:52 pm

Good point NovaRick.. well spotted :)

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mart May 20, 2008 2:56 am

Mike Catt seemed to like the taste of turf..

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