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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Shane Williams scores vs Saracens

Shane Williams scores vs Saracens

Shane Williams continued his rich run of form on the weekend, scoring two tries for the Ospreys against Saracens in the EDF Energy Cup Semi-Final.

The Ospreys winger kicked ahead and out sprinted some of the quickest men on the park, including Richard Houghton and Brent Russell who are both supremely quick.

Williams somehow managed to control the ball, and, according the the TMO, get it down for a great try. After numerous replays from various different camera angles, I'm still a little unsure though, and feel that the TMO made his decision on instinct rather than clear evidence.

Should a try be given on the assumption of the try being scored? Often we all know it's a try, but the TMO can't clearly see the ball grounded and therefore has a tough decision to make, as in this case.

Great stuff once again by the little maestro though.

Final Score: Ospreys 30-3 Saracens

Posted at 7:40 pm | 33 comments

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Anonymous March 23, 2008 8:30 pm

yer it was a try he was lucky with it tho

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Anonymous March 23, 2008 8:47 pm

Tough call. What question did Wayne Barnes ask? That could make all the difference...

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Kerivoula March 23, 2008 8:53 pm

Surely it all depends on what the ref asks the TMO? He can only answer the question the ref puts to him, and that can lead to entirely different results depending on sometimes quite subtle differences. For the same incident a ref COULD call or deny a try depending on if he asks "did he ground the ball" or "can you see any reason why I should not award the try?"Still, there's no denying Williams is on amazing form, as are the Ospreys. They were a class above Saracens.

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Rawling March 23, 2008 8:53 pm

Covered by the commentators, but I think the question was "Can you tell me if that was a try, yes or no?"Not at all envious of the TMO. I'd much rather be a touch judge :-p(last comment was me also)

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Rawling March 23, 2008 8:55 pm

Wahey, confusion. I of course mean "comment 2, the anonymous one, was me".Was a great day of rugby, even though I got the exact opposite results to those I wanted. 8 tries in the Wasps match, even though we lost, is good value for money.

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Anonymous March 23, 2008 9:01 pm

haha shanes a legend when it comes to TMO decsions.........he deserved it tho....he just keeps getting better and better keep it up!!!!!

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Anonymous March 23, 2008 9:01 pm

haha shanes a legend when it comes to TMO decsions.........he deserved it tho....he just keeps getting better and better keep it up!!!!!

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Anonymous March 23, 2008 9:16 pm

did well to control it, nevermind beating the pocket rocket Brent Russel. long may his form continue.

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Nicholas March 23, 2008 11:35 pm

I think it was the right call. Watching it live at full speed, it looked like a try. The replays were inconclusive, but i still think it was a try.

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 2:56 am

To be honest I don't think he really outpaced Russell, who he had a couple of paces start on. And it's pretty harsh on Haughton to say that he was outpaced. He had to come from the other side of the pitch!

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Sea-Bass March 24, 2008 10:11 am

Good match to see, the Ospreys vs Saracens, but it wasnt half as exciting as the other semi-final, Tigers vs Wasps.

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 10:12 am

Shane williams is class and it was a try. Gavin henson is a better player than lot's of people give him credit for.James

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 11:20 am

Remember Ben(Where am I now?)Cohens "Shane who" quote? Well he is the best winger in the NH at the moment.Good display by the residents of Ospreylia, the final against Leicester should be a cracker.Richard

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lochaberlad March 24, 2008 12:36 pm

get castrogiovannis try up that was pure class

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mo14k March 24, 2008 2:33 pm

Shane Williams is just getting better and better with every single game he is playing, I can't even imagine him coming to a plateau on his performance.Here's a thought... Race... Habana vs Shane vs Chavhanga...(Kolya... Cipriani's pass to Sackey was awesome... not 100% sure though if that was done with cool or panic...)

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 4:04 pm

was that the mighty andy farrell bumped off by henson???yep it was.....give henson a few more games and he's gonna be the best No 12 in the world

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 4:55 pm

if he had an equal start richard haugton would of won easily! man that guy is quick! p.s a better race would be chavanga vs habana vs haughton!

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Cheyanqu March 24, 2008 5:14 pm

Try or no try aside...eat your heart out Ian Rush

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geraint March 24, 2008 8:24 pm

"if he had an equal start richard haugton would of won easily!"????He might have won but i doubt very much he would have won easy!

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 11:48 pm

your all saying haughton would win a race but somehow shane still scored no other player on the planet could beat shane williams over 40 metresany ideas to who could please say

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Anonymous March 24, 2008 11:53 pm

yes i agree shane is probably the best over 40mnames i suggest for a 40m race would be---shane williams (wal)-jason robinson (eng)-breyton paulse (saf)

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Anonymous March 25, 2008 5:02 pm

3 people who would beat shane over 40m(1)Chavanga(2)Habana(3)Haughtonwould be a great race though

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Anonymous March 25, 2008 5:14 pm

shane williams reached 23mph against France to score his try in the six nations which was not much over 22m, michael johnson the world record holder over 200m reached the speed of 23.157mph, so no i dont believe many people could beat shane over a short distance.

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Anonymous March 25, 2008 5:18 pm

got the distance a bit wrong on the above comment it was around 40m

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J March 26, 2008 1:01 am

Christ. Bit of a debate. I didn't see this game but gather Henson "smashed through" Farrell. I'm English, and I think I'd pay to see that. It sounds awesome as opposed to a lengthy debate over a TMO decision.Gotta love SW though. I remember the Italians a couple of years back in Cardiff, they love to hate him!!!

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Anonymous March 26, 2008 1:57 pm

Wow finally watched the highlights of the game and shane williams is without a doubt the best and most consistent winger in the northern hemisphere...Also Henson deserved his man of the match award because he had an outstanding gameoooo lecieseter vs ospreys finalospreys-29tigers-20

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Anonymous March 26, 2008 5:10 pm

sackey reached 28 mph in the world cup and Habana reached 26mph.but shane is quick!

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Anonymous March 26, 2008 7:34 pm

completley random comment now but wheres rupeni caucau these days??i havent seen him play for ages

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Anonymous March 28, 2008 12:22 am

Rupeni CauCau is still with the french side Agen. Last year they were relegated to the 2nd devision. Thats why you havn't seen him in the heineken cup and such.P.S Shane is the bomb:)

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Anonymous April 01, 2008 9:50 pm

10 trys from his last 6 games, 2 against scotland, italy, saracens and ulster! And he went over against france and ireland!Lets hope he can show some more class against the saracens in the weekends heineken cup quatre final!

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Anonymous May 19, 2008 5:42 pm

WHAT A CLOSE CALL!!! I Watched This Game On TV And Definitely Assumed It Was A Try Myself.Congratulations Shane!!!FANTASTIC TRY!!!

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mitch July 06, 2008 9:23 pm

go shane! best winger and player in the world (habanas lost his form)how many games has he score a try in consecutivly. 8 i think

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