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Monday, January 28, 2008

Top Ten Tries of the French Top 14 this year so far

Top Ten Tries of the French Top 14 this year so far



French running rugby at it's best is unlike anything else you'll see on the rugby field. Sublime, mesmerising, and unpredictable, when the French teams decide to run with the ball you'd better watch out, because anything can happen.

The French Top 14 league is the premier rugby competition in France, and features the top 14 professional rugby clubs from around the country. These days, the league is attracting a lot of overseas players. This has created a lot of interest and focus on French rugby, particularly this season, with the standards of play being right up there with the best.

This year we've seen some great tries so far, and with that, we've brought you this great clip of the best tries from the current 2008 season.

Tries in order:
10 Farid Sid | 9 Fabien Fortassin | 8 Jean-Francois Coux | 7 Francois Trinh-Duc | 6 Bruno Hiriart | 5 Clement Poitrenaud | 4 Juan-Martin Hernandez | 3 Marius Joubert | 2 Joe Tekori | 1 Cedric Heymans

Posted at 8:47 am | 21 comments

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minstrel boy January 28, 2008 9:59 am

mostly individual tries. loved the first one by farid sid

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Anonymous January 28, 2008 12:27 pm

its damn nice!!.. all of em!!.. especially farid sid.. i love his most.. his shlda rank lower then 5

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Anonymous January 28, 2008 1:16 pm

Try in 5th was the best for me.Offload to C.P. was a gem

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Anonymous January 28, 2008 1:26 pm

ah why doesn't Setanta show top 14 anymore ? Great vid !

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Anonymous January 28, 2008 2:17 pm

Some of the french games are on Eurosport on friday nights

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Scandal January 28, 2008 2:59 pm

Too many flukey chip-and-chase or guys busting through weak tackles.That's not what French rugby is about. The free-flowing, counter-attacking, back and forwards inter-linking, multitude of passes that you come to expect of the French.For my mind, Clement Poitrenaud and Joe Tekori's tries are the best of the lot.

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Anonymous January 28, 2008 6:49 pm

individual tries..all because of the missed and soft tackles...

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Cabbo January 28, 2008 10:43 pm

I love the Number 17 in the last try who is so focussed on following up with Heymans that he runs into the post! He he! Great tries. Loving the European rugby this year!

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Anonymous January 28, 2008 10:46 pm

I agree, I don't usually read comments but was going to post on this one that there are too many poor tackles.

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 11:25 am

I dont understand the comments. great tries are very often scored because of some poor tackles, but this doesn't make them ugly! the art of provoking the defense in order to make the most of every single mistake is enjoyable too. plus, poitrenault's is really a pure beauty. and if you watch heymans', you don't see alot of missed tackes, just the first one. after that it's just some great speed and lines!

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 11:38 am

It's funny how some people are so negative about "poor tackles". Look at the half assed tackles made during some of Jonahs finest tries and even "that try" from the Barbarians against NZ. It's sometimes the effort made by the attacking player that causes the weak tackle, if this wasn't the case nobody would ever score.Keyboard warriors are go!! Let's just be negative and moan about everything.

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 6:56 pm

Wow, some great tries but what really struck me was just how hideous team jerseys in the French league are!!

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 9:43 pm

sure strength can lead to poor tackles but there is a difference between a 6 feet 6 jonah lomu breaking a tackle and some skinny french fly half such as in the seventh try. That really is poor tackling and not skill or strength on the part of the attacker

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 11:46 pm

I'm sure that fly half weighs less than Phil Bennett.

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Anonymous January 30, 2008 5:31 am

juan-matin hernandez has 2 be one of the best flyhalfs going around with now. His skills are amazing and one of the main reasons why the argies did so well at the WC

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Cheyanqu January 30, 2008 5:41 pm

Try #2) #5's windmill dummy was right out of an NBA (Basketball) game

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Anonymous January 31, 2008 4:29 pm

How can you not have the prop try set up by Brock James against Castres in this list! It is one of the best tries I have seen this year let alone the Top 14!

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Bearinator February 12, 2008 4:06 pm

French rugby is best,

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 2:44 am

Number 8 was pretty sweet.Ive had something similar to that happen in my club but it was just the wind acting funny

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Anonymous April 27, 2008 10:54 pm

10 by farid sid was the best. boff!

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beast September 20, 2008 6:57 pm

video down

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