Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Since rugby became professional back in 1995 there have been numerous radical changes to the game. The demands of the modern game require that all players are now bigger, stronger, faster, and fitter than ever before.
Another change to the game has been the fact that all players are now expected to be able to catch, pass, and make decisions with ball in hand. Forwards in the backline isn't encouraged, but when it happens, they're skilful enough to slot in seamlessly, or they're meant to be anyway.
Overall, the skill level has increased dramatically. So much so that on occasion forwards have taken it upon themselves to have a go at polls with a drop kick. Zinzan Brooke famously did it against England in the '95 World Cup, and since then there have been a few who've had a go.
Here we see talented Bob Skinstad have a crack at a simple one from straight in front. Ex Chiefs captain, stalwart Johnno Gibbs slotted a pretty flat looking kick against the Cats a few years back. And then, who could forget Mat Dunnings masterpiece.
We've featured it on Rugbydump before, but thought we couldn't leave it out of this, because it's just classic. Read the full story behind this moment of brilliance that was actually a moment of stupidity here.
There are probably a few others out there, but these are some of the best we've come across.
Posted in See it to Believe it