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Friday, September 21, 2007

Kosuke Endo contender for try of the tournament

Kosuke Endo contender for try of the tournament

This has got to be a serious contender for try of the tournament. Not only because it's a great try spanning the length of the field, but because once again we see a minnow team playing great rugby against a traditional rugby nation.

Last night the Japanese lost this game against the Welsh 72-18, but they performed admirably in the first half and held their heads high.

Kosuke Endo's try will no doubt go down in history as one of the best Japanese World Cup tries ever seen.

Posted at 9:00 am | 31 comments

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fabian September 21, 2007 1:51 pm

woooo this is soo nice to watch :D and the crowd! listen to it!

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 1:55 pm

Great try indeed!Being portuguese, I tend to over-appreciate the tries of the under-dogs like Japan.Teams like Japan or my beloved Portugal cannot put an enduring challange over 80mins against the classic rugby nations, but we can, when we have the ball, go forward with our heads high and try to play quality rugby.This try only goes to show that. And its an extra argument agains the IRB plan to cut the teams in the world cup.

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 2:17 pm

As a supporter of another minnow nation, it's so good to see rugby like this. Hands down, the single best try of the 2007 RWC so far. And, as the poster above said, yet another reason why the idiots at the IRB need to let go of the idea that culling the tournament down to 16 teams is for the game's good. Simply ridiculous.

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 2:30 pm

The RWC should be broken down into groups of 3 and then have a super 8's group then a knock-out at the end, like in 20/20 CricketThat way no-one will have a clue what the hell is going onGreat try, bit like Wales in RWC 2003

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DMPRFC14 September 21, 2007 3:51 pm

the 4th comment, by an annonymous is probably the stupidest suggestion i have ever read

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 4:00 pm

Minow Team + Beautiful Try = Biggest PleasureThis is great, congratulation for the combative spirit!

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Anonymous September 21, 2007 5:37 pm

beautiful!

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Sean September 21, 2007 6:15 pm

Fantastic try just goes to show that even the small teams have more than earned their place at the world cup. Great hands and great speed for the try, and the other try they scored wasn't half bad eitherP.S. I fear for the integrity of my country (Ireland) in about 1 hours time after what the french will probably do to us.

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Kurt September 21, 2007 7:19 pm

this try is world class. the ab would do well to score a try like this, and its not like the welsh defense is that bad either. great movement by the japanese.

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Lemou September 21, 2007 10:40 pm

Brilliant move. They were just too fast for the Welsh...

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lobes September 22, 2007 2:57 am

fantastic team try. perfect hands all the way and a strong finish. Pretty poor rucking by Wales though

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Anonymous September 22, 2007 5:32 am

Fantastic!! Absolutely fantastic.. showed great hands to transfer the ball from one end to the other..

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Anonymous September 22, 2007 8:34 am

gd try, chabals solo try was better surely tho

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Sea-Bass September 22, 2007 5:41 pm

Would anyone know where I can watch this clip other than YouTube? Its claimed on there...

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Anonymous September 22, 2007 8:16 pm

Try of the cup so far, just wish the minnows had better funding to enable them to compete and give the top teams a run for their money.

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Sea-Bass September 23, 2007 8:42 pm

Thanks for re-uploading! Indeed this is the try of the tournament so far, what a beautiful try. Go Japan!

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Anonymous September 24, 2007 9:01 am

Absolutely brilliant. What a spectacular succession of passes. I haven't seen many matches of the RWC, but from what I've seen this is by far the best try -though the one I enjoyed the most was Corleto against France :).

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boomshanka September 24, 2007 10:14 am

fantastic long passing; hopefully Japan can take something from it into the Canadian game... what were the Welsh forwards doing???

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Peter September 24, 2007 4:39 pm

Absolute class try. By a country mile the best try of the World Cup.

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Anonymous September 24, 2007 8:41 pm

Methinks that beats the Barbarians team try of '73. Marvellous Japan! A joy to watch...They really should focus on Rugby as their main national sport, I mean, what else do they play?

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Anonymous September 25, 2007 3:00 am

Baseball, of course ;)

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Anonymous October 14, 2007 2:15 am

I'm new to the sport of rugby, and I thought you have to push the ruck past the ball to get possession. Why could he just jump over and grab it without rucking?

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Anonymous October 16, 2007 4:41 pm

you have to come thru the back of a ruck so if you can walk thru the middle like the jap did you can pick it up and run. plus the ball is technically out because the player rucking has his knees on the ground, so he is no longer rucking just part of the pile. but great try

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Anonymous November 08, 2007 10:22 pm

he could pick it up because the ball was out

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Richard November 16, 2007 4:48 pm

Someone check me on this. I don't see where the ball ever contacted the try zone until the player was in touch. His arm was in the way. Great play, no doubt. But it doesn't look like a try to me.

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Hendrick November 17, 2007 2:30 am

He scored the try even before he was tackled. Look at it he downs the ball just before he was hit and rolled over.

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 8:26 pm

The ball never touched the fround in the try zone. first his armm is in the way and then as he rolls over he's out!!The best "try" of the tournament though!!

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Ronnie February 08, 2008 5:05 pm

Brilliant try!Really does make you smile to see something like this.

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Anonymous July 22, 2008 11:40 am

ive refreshed this afew times, but each time i try and watch it, i just get sound and a black screen. anoying as youtube dont have this video anymore, and no one else seems to have it either

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Anonymous February 18, 2009 8:59 am

Kirwan is teaching well!

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Anonymous January 04, 2010 11:59 pm

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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