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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Six Nations Pick of the Week Round 2

Six Nations Pick of the Week Round 2


Week two of the Six Nations provided some great tries and a generally improved standard of play from week one.

We witnessed an excellent individual performance by Vincent Clerc for France, who scored a first half hat trick against Ireland in Paris. Cedric Heymans featured nicely in most of those tries.

For England, Jonny Wilkinson showed signs of his former self by making a brilliant chip, catch, and pass to put Paul Sackey away in the corner for a great try. Wilkinson also notched up the huge 1000 point milestone which is an amazing achievement for a player who's been injury cursed for most of his career.

Welsh maestro Shane Williams scored two excellent tries, one of which was unfortunately a poor decision by the TMO. The try should never have been awarded, although Williams has Mark Cueto's backing I'm sure.

With that, here's the Rugbydump pick of the weeks tries for round two.

Posted at 11:22 am | 39 comments

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Anonymous February 13, 2008 12:11 pm

Great tries, especially williams he's just so fast! :O

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Kev February 13, 2008 12:23 pm

Aaw no Italy try, i suppose it wasnt fantastic (was still good in my opinion :P) but the fans reaction was incredible. Good tries overall though :P

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Anonymous February 13, 2008 12:46 pm

All great tries, except Shane Williams in the corner. He was in touch and can't beleive the TMO gave it!!!!!

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Jbmass February 13, 2008 12:56 pm

Shane Williams' try isn't a try. The TMO must be a Mark Cueto friend :D

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David February 13, 2008 1:48 pm

i'm gonna get ripped for this, but if you look closely shane lifts his ankle marginally just before his foot would of touched the line, instead its above it. for me it WAS a try. but there you are, great step for his first try

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redbaron February 13, 2008 1:56 pm

in my opinion, we can see a large part of grass coming from his left foot...so he touched the line !

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David February 13, 2008 2:00 pm

(sigh) if you look you can see the lump of grass comes from the pitch, not the white line. but never mind eh. cant wait till Wales v France.

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DC February 13, 2008 2:07 pm

Toby clearly doesn't visit this site otherwise he'd have seen the perils of silly 'insane' dives to score!Put it down first, celebrate after. I've been impressed by Flood though. Think he could control the game more with his boot. England's kicking in the second half has been poor.

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Northy February 13, 2008 2:22 pm

I gotta stick up for David on this one! that was no0t clear cut at all, i thought it was a try

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Dave February 13, 2008 2:23 pm

Scotland have been unlucky with those decisions for two consecutive years (remember Wilkinson last season?). Mind you, Wales were shafted by the ref at the end of the italy game last year, so maybe these things even themselves out in the end.

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Rab February 13, 2008 2:24 pm

I have to back Toby, he was runnng towards the line at full pelt, if he didn't dive then he'd have run out.

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Rob February 13, 2008 2:45 pm

Good to see France running like they did in the first half. Great pace by heymans for the 3rd Clerc try.

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Anonymous February 13, 2008 3:15 pm

Personally i though Shanes try was a try, awesome pace though.

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Anonymous February 13, 2008 3:15 pm

Boys that williams effort was definately in touch pull the other one! ridiculous decision. Didint effect the result though.Simon

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Don February 13, 2008 4:02 pm

Oh Beautiful tries!

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bulldogspirit February 13, 2008 4:10 pm

sublime by wilkinson, great chip then awesome pass out of three tacklers. great lsicing runs by hook as well

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eric February 13, 2008 4:24 pm

Great tries, i think after this we can say the winner is between france and wales..

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Northy February 13, 2008 5:00 pm

Maybe rugbydump could do a clip dedicated to how bad Iain Balshaw is! Im praying to the rugby gods that he is never picked for England again!

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French fan February 13, 2008 5:19 pm

"Great tries, i think after this we can say the winner is between france and wales.."Yes, french flair is back, but they are still lucky because they don't have neither good defence nor a good scrum ...But then, they will be so strong !See Clerc's tries ... no need Chabal

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mat n February 13, 2008 5:33 pm

i agree frace will probs take the 6n because ithink that their backs are the best in terms of confidenceas much as i hope England still win, france may win on points scored. I cant see Wales grabbing a grand slam though.

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Luke February 13, 2008 7:09 pm

People have said Williams only can step with his right foot. They are SOOOOOOOO wrong and the first try shows why.What a great pass from Wilkinson. wow.Flood has really started to impress me. He's come leaps and bounds from some of his earlier performances.

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Rich February 13, 2008 7:15 pm

as a welsh boy as much as i wish the shane williams try was a try, it sadly wasnt as if you watch closely on a bigger picture a bit of white wash comes off his boot.but all due respect to him what a solo effort to even get there.

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felix February 14, 2008 12:26 am

i have to disagree on flood. he's a decent kicker yes but overall he doesn't have the gravitas to play such a key role and on top of that, he's just not strong enough. he's built like james hook which is okay if you have his awesome skills and a great step to compensate but flood doesn't. compared to guys like shanklin, mauger, giteau, marty, he's never going to compete.

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heyrton February 14, 2008 12:26 am

the music is?bye bye!

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G-unit February 14, 2008 12:58 am

I have to start with! Awesome tries!!! Toby Flood, a bit of a flashy dive, ONE-handed to the corner! tsk, tsk, that a pro would do that...any how, wilko, what a pass! French tries awesome! Heymans, what vision and ability to break the line that guy has, and with the perfect winger to finish it off...great combination! I think the welsh try, my vote is for try! If just for the effort alone!!! keep up the great work - rugby dump rules! Yeah, you guys should start selling T-shirts...

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G-unit February 14, 2008 1:14 am

oops! sorry, i see you do sell T-shirts! my bad.

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Chris Parberry February 14, 2008 2:24 am

the second williams try is good in my opinion, not that it counts for much hahanice block on that last one to set up the try

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geraint February 14, 2008 10:56 am

Rich i agree with you. I'm welsh as well and unfortunately it shouldn't have been given. His foot definitely brushed the line but it's quite hard to see on here. Shame because it was an amazin run. As for the clip, great tries. The games were a lot better than the first round too, let's hope the third round is even better.

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italian scrummy February 14, 2008 1:48 pm

didn't realize France was so strong this year....*O*....

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DaN February 15, 2008 2:50 pm

what a competition the 6 nations are, is it me or are italy getting better every year? great tries apart from the french 1's, i dont like the froggies!!!!!!!!!! only joking, or am i?????????

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Anonymous February 15, 2008 5:44 pm

france ireland match has been the best yet, great tries

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Anonymous February 15, 2008 5:45 pm

try or no try wales still would have won anyway

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Anonymous February 15, 2008 5:49 pm

the france kicking is crap, and so is some of the defense but their scrumagging is still pretty good though and theyre running is immense. im a french fan but wales are propably gonnsa win because their players are much more experienced and james hook could easily kick them to victory over france

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Anonymous February 15, 2008 8:08 pm

I'm welsh and the try wasn't a try... but you have to give shane credit for such an unbelivable break!! For me the best bit of play for the weekend!!

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Anonymous February 16, 2008 10:15 am

Heymans, Clerc, Rougerie, what else ?

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Anonymous February 19, 2008 11:18 pm

I was at the match and it was a try, the rule isnt did he kick up dust or kick up grass its did any part of his body touch the LINE!! NO it didnt so try.

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Anonymous July 01, 2008 7:14 pm

what it doesent show in the France Ireland match was the French scored all them lovely trys yeah but second half they were dominated penalty trys scrums and ruck's Irish came out and faught back so hard i was never more proud of the Irish team than i was that day in the second half they were a different team but we lost when that sap o'gara pulled it out of the driving maul that was goin froward in the French 22 and he trys the cross kick tick if he hadent of touched it we prob would have won

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Tom Anderson August 03, 2008 10:45 pm

no try for shane williams in my opinion even though the run definetly deserved a score, and james hook showing he has all the skill to match up with the very best in world rugby.

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AmerikaLock November 21, 2008 5:01 pm

I think Leamy really does not like french wings, he has had some bad experinces with them.... (world cup) and with Clerc

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