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Friday, January 04, 2008

Prop Trevor Woodman scores an incredible try

Prop Trevor Woodman scores an incredible try

For a while now I've been trying to track down the best tries scored by forwards of the chubbier sort - Props. We've managed to get hold of quite a few, but in all honesty, this one for me takes the cake... so to speak.

Trevor Woodman MBE, the World Cup winner who lifted the trophy with England four years ago, played his rugby at Gloucester for nine years before moving up north to Sale. He unfortunately had to retire prematurely due to a nagging back injury sustained in training.

Woodman achieved great things in his career though, with the World Cup win in 2003 being the main highlight obviously. But when Gloucester played the Saints only a few months later, Woodman set the game alight by scoring an amazing solo effort.

With the score tied at 17-17, the ball was swung to the out of position Woodman who, with all the confidence in the world, attacked the line as though he were a centre of international quality.

The rest is history.

Stuart Barnes, ex international player and now commentator, chose it as the Try of the Week.

"One stride short of 40 metres from the Northampton line, the front rower eyed the gap - a gap that didn't exist until two abrupt hand-offs had despatched the Saints hooker and fly-half unceremoniously to the Gloucester dirt.

"I swear there was a hint of a sidestep to unbalance the full-back before a third resounding fend left Beal eating grass and the Shed doing cartwheels. It was some score."

Amazing try and possibly the most incredible try by a prop forward that we have on here.

Posted at 8:24 am | 32 comments

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 9:44 am

Good call. He is not a glory hunter like some of the old England squad so its a shame he faded off the radar after 03 world cup. A fitting tribute to the big guy. What a try!

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 11:14 am

Great player, great try , awsum tribute to another players career that got cut short by injury

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 11:17 am

This man defies the law of.....well, being a massive, apparently cumbersome prop.fantastic try, great steps.

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 11:24 am

haha, great try, i remember this, i was there in gloucster. woody fell off the radar due to neck problems i beieve. think he got sold to northampton and couldnt get fit enough to make the squad so retired.hard price to pay for the grueling effort of 2003.

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 11:24 am

Neck injury forced his retirement from the game just after WC03. Shame, top prop.

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Fridge January 04, 2008 12:56 pm

Try Time!Modern Day props! Watch out!

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 1:15 pm

Great try, he moved to Sale post RWC`03 played a handful of games before being forced to retire.

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 1:56 pm

WTF!!!Amazing strenght!

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 1:58 pm

tat was veri good for a prop!..

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 2:08 pm

I thought he had 10 on his shirt!!!

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 2:37 pm

awesome, especially from someone who was often renound as a scrummaging prop! shows the strings the big lads have to their bows!!!

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elrolo January 04, 2008 3:36 pm

does any1 know the music song?

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will January 04, 2008 4:31 pm

He always did have ideas above his station. Anyone remember the disasterous behind the back pass he tried at the World Cup?Hey, rugbydump, any chance of a lawrence dallaglio tribute now the great man is retiring (again)?

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Don January 04, 2008 7:17 pm

YAY!FAT BOYS RULE!

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AbbyNo7 January 04, 2008 9:14 pm

Man i was punching the air watching that try. Shame he had to retire due to injury after the WC in 2003. A hugely underrated plaer. Surprises me how quickly people forget about him.

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 10:20 pm

dougie is a legend!!!!

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 10:25 pm

i fucking love prop tries, being a prop myself.

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 10:29 pm

Woodman won the world cup and hen got injured. I remember him doing a sidestep when England beat New Zealand at Twickenham

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Anonymous January 04, 2008 11:26 pm

if at first the step doesnt offset the defender.....power through him!!!sweeet try and some nice stepping, most props i know would trip themselves up with that kinda stepping!

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Nancy January 05, 2008 2:19 am

I could watch this all day. Brilliant!

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Anonymous January 05, 2008 4:53 am

Amazing try!! there was also a very good finish by Leinster's prop, Cian Healy, in the Magners League this year. Was also a good finish by a prop. Its on Youtube so might be worth checking out.

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Anonymous January 05, 2008 11:56 am

Do you have his amazing interception try at gloucester a few years ago. From the hal;fway line?

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Anonymous January 05, 2008 12:22 pm

That was great, never seen it before. His shimmy befor the full back was bested is the stand out, to be honest I dont think he knew where he was going. Excellent.No need for a Dalaglio tribute, did he ever do anything of note other than stab his coach in the back.

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Hugh Golden January 06, 2008 8:31 pm

Really like this site, the videos are well-chosen and it's obvious that the people behnid it know their stuff.Just one little issue, the music!There's some great clips here ruined by accompanying music, the music isn't neccessary-the clips are excellent on their own!Plus the music is preety crap, but that's a matter of personal preference so never mind.Love the site!Hate the backing tracks!

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Rugbydump January 07, 2008 10:23 am

Music by Bush and the song is called Machine Head. I thought it goes nicely with the clip, but clearly Hugh doesn't.Some clips we have don't have audio, or they have terrible, boring commentary, so if we feel they need music then we stick some on to spice things up a bit.Yes, unfortunately it's down to personal preference. I thought this one worked nicely. Everyone likes different music and we can't please everyone. :)

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Anonymous January 07, 2008 12:51 pm

Woodman's injury shows the risks that players take during matches, or in his case, during training. Great player who's career was sadly cut short. He moved to Australia a few years ago with his wife, he's now coaching at Sydney University.

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Anonymous January 07, 2008 7:15 pm

This is the best prop try ever, i was there, and i couldn't believe what i was seeing. The shed went mental.Anyhow,This is the best.The second best is scored by Ronnie Roncero for Gloucester against Leeds a few years back, interception and good gas for the line!

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Cheyanqu January 08, 2008 6:01 pm

I think the froze the defender, because the defender was looking for which way to AVOID him.Great little try. There's hope for all us fat guys.

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jente January 20, 2008 7:23 pm

mmm no doubt a great individual effort, but three guys tackling high in a row is also bad defending. Hit him on the legs en he will come down fast

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Vicente June 02, 2008 3:41 pm

That sidestep was amazing for a front rower, definetly an awesome try.

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 7:54 am

"haha, great try, i remember this, i was there in gloucster. woody fell off the radar due to neck problems i beieve. think he got sold to northampton and couldnt get fit enough to make the squad so retired.hard price to pay for the grueling effort of 2003."yer good but didnt he goto sale??aslso rodrigo roncero scored a good 1 a few years a go for glos.an intercept from about the halfway line!!

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andy September 24, 2008 1:54 pm

Great try. Shoddy tackliing though, just take him round the legs and he'll go down.

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