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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Shane Williams' 6 tries - British & Irish Lions Tour 2005

Shane Williams' 6 tries - British & Irish Lions Tour 2005

Back in 2005, little Shane Williams had a fantastic Six Nations season as part of the Grand Slam winning Welsh team. Based on this form, Williams was subsequently included as a squad member on the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

The little Welshman scored five tries in a midweek game against Manawatu in Palmerston North, contributing the Lions' biggest tour victory in New Zealand to date, with the final score clocking in at 109-6.

Williams scored six tries on the tour in total, skinning Kiwis all over the place with his goose-stepping magic and flat-out pace.

It was a forgettable tour for the Lions when it came to the Tests against the All Blacks unfortunately. The hosts proved too strong in the big games. The mid-week matches against the smaller clubs however proved to be a great showcase of skill, speed, and Shane Williams at this best.

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 8:33 am

Shane Williams...Brilliant in a Lions team against a club in a midweek game.What nobody shows is how many games he has cost Wales and the Ospreys in allowing soft tries, because he CAN'T TACKLE.Go and look on some of the clips on Rugbydump, and see some of the grunt shown in speed, skill and sheer physicality from the Southern H wingers. Williams is not a patch on the likes of Umaga (while he was a winger), Cullen, Roccocoko, Caucaunibuko, Habana, Lomu, Tequiri, Mortlock etc etc.Williams in my opinion = most overrated winger in world rugbyMartin

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Jambo January 24, 2008 9:26 am

I totally agree. He was playing an part time side when he scored all the tries. When he did get in to the Test side he was playing wingers with as much pace and skill as he undoubtedly has, but he got owned because he is so small. They were chucking him round like a rag doll.He is totally overrated.

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MrClutchCLEVERismyhe January 24, 2008 9:32 am

yes we didnt see much off him the in world cup maybe because he couldnt keep up physically for the reasons above.getting five try's against a team that will allow a 95 point gap isnt really something go on about.but still... it sure is fun to watch!!!

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 9:55 am

he is a tad over rated but he does do well for a lil bloke, mind u it was funi wen rico gear snapped him in the lions series

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 10:34 am

Yeah I agree he is overrated but that doesn't mean to say he is a bad winger. Defence is an issue, but he has had an impact against big teams - New Zealand in 2003 anyone? I seem to remember him tearing them to shreds whenever he got the ball.Totally agree that wingers such as habana, rococoko, rougerie etc are far better players...but if your talking about him being overrated I'm surprised you have mentioned Tuqiri in comparison - the man has bags of talent but now has an arrogance to match, he hasn't preformed for several seasons.

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 11:46 am

haha.. i love this little guy

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 12:25 pm

there is one even weaker tackler in international rugby...check out youtube vid named oi ronan...

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 12:29 pm

Well he did score one of the tries of the last world cup. Sure he can't defend but he's still a joy to watch with a ball in hand. As the game becomes more about physicality its nice to see a small player use the sidestep to get around bigger players.Fair enough these tries were all against lesser teams but at an international level he has scored great tries against great defences.I'm Irish and I think there should've been more Welsh in that Lions side. We still would've got hammered but at east the test games would have been more exciting!The 3rd centre

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 1:17 pm

Yes he is small and can be overpowered but he works his socks off and has improved his defence a lot. When who have somebody like him you have to use him. You say he has cost wales and the ospreys games but when? I can only remember him winning games for them

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Richard January 24, 2008 1:18 pm

He is a fantastic player and certainly hasnt cost Wales defeats or the Ospreys. Yes he is tiny but then Robinson wasnt huge and he is touted as one of the greats. If ikkle Shane had been in and english shirt (God forgive such blasphemy)he would be a major star and media darling. Why do wingers have to be 6ft+ and 18 stone. Just appreciate his pace and footwork and enjoy.

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Anonymous January 24, 2008 4:48 pm

Is it true his dad was a massive prop ? I remember reading that somewhere.

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geraint January 24, 2008 8:43 pm

Martin you have clearly never watched the Ospreys play if you think Shane Williams loses them games, he scores nearly every week and his defence is actually surprisingly good considering his size. He wins matches not loses them, and to your comment about SH wingers being better....zzzzz

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AK January 24, 2008 9:56 pm

Shane Williams was one of the outstanding performers in the 2005 6 Nations campaign, trys against England, Italy and Scotland. He scored in his first start for Wales with a try against Italy in the 2000 Six Nations, and with 24 tries in 29 appearances, he has one of the best strike rates in world rugby.But I'm sure martin knows all this..

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123 January 24, 2008 11:50 pm

northern hemisphere rugby is a joke

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AK January 25, 2008 12:09 am

Guy above - agreed.This is my favourate one How are the Kiwis reducing their carbon footprint?Theyre dropping the Aussies off on their way home.hehe

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DC January 25, 2008 12:39 am

Eh Martin, you ever seen the clip when Shane jumps on Lotte's back and saves a certain try? Or the one when he skips passed him to score?He can't be overated when he has such a good scoring record. Also name a few games when he has cost the match. You are clearly talking through prejudice and ignorance. I'm English for god's sake and I can admit he is a damn got offensive winger. He is no frailer than Tait when it comes to tackling.Please come back when you have stopped talking with your arsehole.Daniel

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 1:25 am

Martin you can't spell to save your life.RokocokoCaucaunibucaTuqiriYou plebian soldier.

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Anonymous January 25, 2008 1:29 am

haha nice one mate but remember you got beaten by france in the world cup, and now all of your players are trying to score contracts in the guinness premiership. WAHEY ENGLAND ROCKS

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Duane January 25, 2008 11:01 am

Good player. Not great. Tackles as badly as another brilliant attacking player - Brent Russel.And yes, using Toquiri as an example is daft - he is slow as cancer and very lazy.To the oke critting NZ on the World Cup - "WAHEY ENGLAND ROCKS"???No mate, South Africa rocked your world!

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Anonymous January 26, 2008 1:23 am

Its not like south Africa over mate. We keep supporting our team even when they lose. I think the underachievers gave you a good fight in the final.Not a bad platform to start the next four years off.They truly did rock...

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david January 26, 2008 6:34 pm

what the hell guys..., "little" Shane Williams cut NZ to shreds in their 2003 world cup match. i think he's a great little wingerwhat he lacks in defense (which isn't all that much) he makes up for in spades when it comes to attack

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david January 26, 2008 6:36 pm

oh and Martin is talks out of his arse.

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david January 26, 2008 6:37 pm

oh and Martin is talking out of his arse.

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Anonymous January 27, 2008 7:16 pm

his defence is as good as any average winger in world rugby if u ask me and his attacking is extroadinary, possibly the best winger in the northen hemisphere, just look how many tries he's scored for wales ;)bob

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Everytimereferee February 07, 2008 1:32 pm

Yeah and NZ lost to a NH team.Graham Henry took a team to Cardiff and they played like Wales. I used to love watching the ABS but the English style arrogance shown by supporters on sites like these has really turned me off them.

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Anonymous February 19, 2008 4:28 pm

Williams is a serious winger who wins games for wales and ospreys (who i hate)!! Obviously when he screws up everyone see's it as he seems to make his hash ups obvious.. but these are not usually due to missed tackles but managing to get isolated!! Best winger in northern hem.. for sure

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Anonymous February 19, 2008 4:30 pm

also whoever wrote the comment about poms.. shane williams is welsh not english!! idiot

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Anonymous February 23, 2008 10:00 pm

WTF are you serious you can't put this on here he was playing against a 3rd division team who had only won 1 game that NPC season.

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dai March 18, 2008 10:09 pm

"as for shane williams he is useless over rated" "most overrated winger in world rugby" is it just me who sees all 5 ft 7 of shane williams win countless games for club and country with his world class finishing? 56 caps 41 tries, that seems pretty good to me, and would he really be first team if his defence was that bad?

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dai March 18, 2008 10:27 pm

Try Savers & Rib Breakers 5, 5 min 5 sec, bad defence? cost games?

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thedannyclayton March 19, 2008 5:49 pm

"as for shane williams he is useless over rated"what a tit!Won Wales the slam (they'd have probably won the championship anyway)Why do retards like that bother coming on the site?

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dai March 19, 2008 8:21 pm

a bit confused as to whether the above comment was aimed at me, i was only quoting another comment by someone who clearly does not see shane play all too often, and i do believe he has won us the grand slam with the best finishing in the world atm.

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Anonymous April 01, 2008 7:55 pm

if anyone can give me an example of when shane williams missed a tackle please saybecause the last time i saw him miss one was last yearshane is a legend and no other winger in the world can even compare to his form at the momentmaybe habana but thats just on world cup formShane had a supurb world cupeven better 2008 six nations and is the leading try scorer in the edf cup 2008so all those shane haters shut the hell up

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Anonymous April 02, 2008 2:50 pm

what was the team for that game?

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Anonymous April 02, 2008 11:42 pm

not even habana can compare to his finishing though, unbelievable side stepping

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Anonymous April 04, 2008 12:55 pm

most overrated winger in world rugby? did you not see the 6nations?? player of the tournement....top try scorer of the tournement. best winger in the world right now. can't see anyone better to be honest....maybe vincent clerc.by the way, bryan habana is rubbish

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Anonymous April 04, 2008 2:25 pm

not even vincent clerc, look at his tries from the 6 nations and you will see his team mates making these tries for him unlike shane who created his own tries

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Anonymous April 06, 2008 12:44 am

umm whoever said habana is rubbish please leaveshane is without a doubt the best in the northern hemisphereand i cant belive people think clerc is goodhes an average player

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Anonymous April 06, 2008 12:47 am

the habana remark is obviously from a one dimensional person that thinks a player is rubbish because he plays for a different teamfootball supporters do thatshane is also a legendcant wait for the lions tour!!!shane and strettle combo on the wings sounds interesting

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Anonymous April 16, 2008 6:31 pm

Martin what you on about!Shanes like the best winger the northen hemisphere had ever seen.He gased tuquri in 2005 and tore NZ apart in 2003 in the World cup.So how can you say tuquri and rockococo are far better!

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Paxton May 16, 2008 5:32 pm

Shane's my hero! go go shane o!.Look i'm a Wales supporter and I can see that on his 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th try he trampled all over defenders and I noticed that he stamped on the Manawatu hooker's toe for the try that why he couldn't tackle him!

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Paxton May 16, 2008 5:32 pm

Shane's my hero! go go shane o!.Look i'm a Wales supporter and I can see that on his 2nd,3rd,4th and 5th try he trampled all over defenders and I noticed that he stamped on the Manawatu hooker's toe for the try that why he couldn't tackle him!

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Anonymous May 19, 2008 3:58 pm

Hhahaha all those people at the top of the list who dubbed williams as the most overrated winger. Look at what season he's had this year. He and Habana are the form wingers in the world in my mind. What a talent and a true joy to watch on the pitch. Habana vs williams during the south africa tour is going to be amazing to watch as a rugby fan in general...Cymru am byth !

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david May 19, 2008 8:49 pm

amen to that, two totally different wingers yet probably the most exciting

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Anonymous May 25, 2008 6:47 pm

I wonder if all the ppl who were dissing shane have decided to spare themselves anymore embarrassment since he probably made the difference between Wales winning probably 3 games in total in this year's 6nations and Wales actually winning the Grand Slam.

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Anonymous May 29, 2008 9:50 am

shane is the best in the world and 2nd best in history (best is lomu but he is unstoppable) go steppin shane

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Anonymous June 05, 2008 4:15 pm

shanes gotta good rugby brain he reads the game welland hes got skill and flairwat a playerstrettle and shane for the lions!!!!!!

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Dave June 13, 2008 7:49 am

Overrated?42 tries in 57 tests for Wales.You want all rugby players to be 6ft5 tall and 20st, go watch league.

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david... June 13, 2008 6:15 pm

overrated? cant defend? pffft you need to keep watching

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Sexies and Fatties June 25, 2008 4:38 pm

Why is there this solidarity amongst SH fans? None of you can stand either of the other teams!

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Anonymous July 14, 2008 9:52 pm

all of u sayin northern hemisphere rugby is a joke...how come all of ur star players are movin to clubs their example luke mcalister..Dan carter...Derick hougaard...butch james..Mauger and not to menstion litterally all the good fijian and somoan players!

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Sign meToulon July 14, 2008 10:23 pm

haha ^ Anonymous above... there's a simple answer really, and you've kinda set yourself up for it... MONEY!!!!!! ;) Oh and Europe is a nice place... but MONEY!!! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Anonymous July 31, 2008 12:30 pm

The first two posters, you must fell stupid now.Anyway the whole team was ripped apart by the ABs on that tour, the forwards were torn to bits and never gave him any ball, how was he supposed to do well? So why does he get so much bashing over this tour compared to the other players who played.And he showed his abilities against a SH winger in South Africa. Habana no tries, Williams 2.

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Anonymous August 03, 2008 9:51 am

WTF Manawatu Turbo's were a 3rd division team at the time so the British & Irish Lions should have got a whole lot more than just over 100 points against them.I never use to like Shane Williams but now I have a certain respect for him now because he's only 5'7 going up against opposition wingers that are usually between 6-6'5 these days.

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Anonymous August 03, 2008 11:03 am

shane wlliams is the best winger and player in the world.

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Anonymous August 03, 2008 4:13 pm

Haha look at his second try; The little guy does a Jonah Lomu!

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Angry Baggers August 06, 2008 5:01 pm

Williams is very good but quite one-dimensional. He must be one of the best runners with the ball in the world, but that's usually all he does - run (admittedly very well). He isn't a particularly good kicker, his defence is quite poor (I know he's tiny, but so were Jason Robinson and George Gregan), and he can be a bit greedy with the ball. So, a very good winger, but not a great one.

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Anonymous August 08, 2008 10:06 pm

All youu N.Hemisphere rugby goons dont know notjing about shane williams , watch some rbs six nations , and see how feared the other sidess are off him evenn thoo he's little as soon as he getss the ball something special happenes . Against S.A he was the same . Wait till the lions tour and you will see .

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David August 10, 2008 2:45 pm

i have to disagree with you angry baggers, i've hardly ever seen him miss a tackle, alot of people just assume because of his height his defense is below par, not so!

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Ezzi August 10, 2008 5:20 pm

Having just watched his immense 2008 sixnations performance, i totally disagree.His tackiling was pretty immaculte throughout, hauling down his opponents with ease despite his size, and rarely letting an oncoming attacker past.He also showed amazing flare and supreme skill in his moves and his runs, even against worldclass teams like England and France.And did anyone see him own Habanah on the 2008 southafrica tour?Williams for me, is probably one of the best wingers in the world.

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Anonymous August 22, 2008 7:05 am

Shane williams and david strettle are gonna rip the springboks apart on the lions tour....simple as that

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Anonymous August 22, 2008 7:05 am

Shane williams and david strettle are gonna rip the springboks apart on the lions tour....simple as that

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Anonymous June 09, 2009 9:42 pm

look at 2.03. he drops the ball. good little player though....emphasis on the little

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Barney June 11, 2009 9:26 am

Lets hope he can return to that sort of form for this tour.

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Anonymous June 15, 2009 7:35 pm

You cant compare the likes of Jason Robinson to Shane Williams. I mean yer, they can both sidestep the same but Jason was far more Stocky and didnt mind getting abit of mud on his shirt. I agree that Williams is the most over rated winger in world rugby. Real class wingers come inside more often looking for work. But to be honest, i am biased. ha ha

Torrin :)

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Anonymous August 24, 2009 6:49 pm

u try playing well in any test side when everytime they get the ball they get jerry collins in the face. he is such a talented footballer.

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Brian Lloyd November 24, 2009 1:40 am

Shane Williams is the best winger. Great scorer. And a pleasure for the eyes. Don't care if he's under rated or over rated. Simple

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RyanShanks December 06, 2011 2:07 pm

That tour, much like the 2009 tour, was just all wrong for him, each for different reasons. in 05 woodward just stuck him out on the wing and basically said "mark sivivatu", whilst at the same time told the rest of the team "remember england in 03? yeah? well try and play like that". it was never going to work like that.

shane roams. he goes looking fir the ball, and you often find him at first receiver more than most centres would. he thrives off a broken field, and too much structure simply squeezes him out of the game.

And in 09, the team did the opposite - in times of creative depression they just thought "give it to shane - job done". never gonna happen, no matter who you are. he often suffers for trying too hard in games. he tries things that most would never dream of trying, and when it's not a natural option (which is a result of the pressure on him to do something purely alien every time he gets the ball) it not only doesn't come off, but more often than not has a negative effect.

on both accounts, the attitude and adaptive capacity of the players and coaches around shane williams chopped down his chances to nil. so it shines a remarkable light on a player who can bounce back from that and score 5 wonderful tries, or two in the test series in 09. it also shows that he belongs nowhere but in wales. only in wales is a player like shane understood and encouraged appropriately. i'm not just talking about fast, or flair, or small players, but the daring do of shane williams combined with his romantic approach to rugby - putting the 'ball' in ballet - are uniquely welsh traits.

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Goggles2uk June 24, 2013 5:03 pm

Look at his record, he's scored tries against all the big sides. He also is the 3rd highest try scorer of all time and don't forget he was in a rubbish side for his 1st 30 or so caps, and South Africa he made Habana look ordinary.

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