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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Ben May comes within inches of scoring the greatest ever prop try

Ben May comes within inches of scoring the greatest ever prop try

The Chiefs game against the Reds last weekend was one of the most entertaining games of the season. It was a great example of the ELV's working advantageously, with a spectacle of running rugby and great skill on display from both sides.

There was one particular moment in the game though that I thought just had to be seen by the Rugbydump visitors, particularly as it was almost entered into our archives of great prop tries.

119Kg Chiefs prop Ben May broke the line after a great offload from fullback Mils Muliana on half way. May showed great acceleration as he sped off then dummied to the chip kick, before audaciously throwing a goose step! He fell short only inches from the line after a great tackle from Reds fullback Clinton Schifcofske, which resulted in the subsequent pass going forward, which was marginal from what I could see.

May took a bit of stick from his teammates for his stunning 50m run, but admitted afterwards he probably should have passed to give his team the try-scoring opportunity.

"I was just in the clear. I had wingers outside me but I had a bit of tunnel vision, I guess. I've had plenty of ribbing about that," he said.

Posted at 11:24 pm | 20 comments

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MiloCav May 01, 2008 10:45 pm

Beautiful to watch! This is what the modern game is all about. Desoite being a biased englishman, the super14 game is lightyears ahead at the moment. Tanks RD for some quite supreme super14 rugby clips so far this season. What a dummy!

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chris May 02, 2008 12:01 am

tell that to the stubburn British reporters who think we are trying to ruin the game tehy play in heaven. The ELV's are only asking to be TRIALLED by the irb.check out the comments here and you'd thing the world was coming to an end the way the press in NH talk about the ELV's.http://www.theroar.com.au/2008/04/29/north-versus-south-on-the-elvs-is-there-a-solution/#comments

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Prae May 02, 2008 12:59 am

ELV's are fixing something that is not broken, and making the game plain dangerous by allowing mauls to be pulled down.Its an Australian motion to limit the power of the pack, mainly because they can't find a single decent front row forward.

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Eric May 02, 2008 4:39 am

I think he should've rammed the last defender. I mean, he is 120kg of muscles with a low centre of gravity running at full speed! what a missed chance... great run though

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Anonymous May 02, 2008 7:17 am

Pure magic that was just awesome. Faked the kick then did a bit of a goose step lol.

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Ospreys Rich May 02, 2008 7:50 am

Shades of Darren Morris :-)

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Rawling May 02, 2008 10:19 am

Sorry, but..."The ELV's are only asking to be TRIALLED by the irb."lolsAwesome run, shame he couldn't pull it off in the end.

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No.7 May 02, 2008 12:15 pm

That was awesome. Not a fan of the ELV's though. I think the game is getting changed far too much, such as not allowed to use your boots anymore...it encourages people to lie there, one little rake and it encourages them to move quick!Maybe some aspects of the ELV's could be used but definately not pulling down mauls. Mauling is a fantastic skill. you watch teams that will get the ball halfway up the pitch with a maul.Aaaaaaannnnnnyway back to the video. Truly awesome and nice to see a prop extending his game a bit more, doing something special.Thanks

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Anonymous May 02, 2008 1:08 pm

Mauling is not skillful its just pure power. i think it is shit how your whole pack can just push defenders away when you stay at the back with the ball. would you rather see that or some open back-play.BTW nice run.

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martin May 02, 2008 1:45 pm

the maul is a great skill. i am a 5'7 eleven and a half stone outside back and i see the skill in it. the control, moving it 1 way and the next. my colts team is very small, but we hav the best driving maul i hav played wiv or against. how many of the people leaving these comments hav actually played rugby?

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Nick May 02, 2008 3:39 pm

Totally agree with Martin. I am playing nr 9. Maul is surely as challanging as a scrum.

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Anonymous May 03, 2008 2:07 am

WE've got the a decent front row how about englands shit second rowers, backrowers and backline.Next thing you know england will ban being able to run more than 5 metres at a time

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Anonymous May 03, 2008 3:06 pm

That is just awsome

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Cheyanqu May 03, 2008 4:47 pm

Between the fake chip-kick and goose step???All that was missing was a dummy switch to complete a trifecta!I almost mistook him for Caucau!

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Cheyanqu May 03, 2008 4:53 pm

In America, we had our own ELVs, about 100 years ago, called the block and and forward pass. They soon became American Football.The difference is that we Yanks kept our ELVs to ourselves. (perhaps the first time we didn't try and imperialize in something)The difference with many of the rugby ELVs is that the Aussies are trying to force the rest of the world to eliminate tight five play.It's the flash and yelling and screaming of the NRL / Fox Sports / Rupert Murdoch set.The question I pose to the rest of the XV-man game is:are you going to follow the Aussies like sheep (and get f'ed in the process)?Or will you kick and scream, and maintain some semblance of a "sport for all body types"?If you don't, the beauty of Ben May's try will never happen again.

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Anonymous May 03, 2008 5:00 pm

he shud have stepped inside.. but i think he cudve made it if hed streched after hed been tackled.

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te tank May 04, 2008 3:01 am

more like ''northern hemisphere'' eat ur heart out. lol

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Rich W May 04, 2008 1:00 pm

Hear hear Cheyanqu, couldnt agree more

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bD May 05, 2008 9:08 pm

yes yes yes yes sport for body of all types

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boomshanka May 05, 2008 11:43 pm

ELVs have made this Super14 season the greatest yet (IMO!!!). forwards have scored as many tries as backs - because skillsets between the 2 are needed to be equal... the clip shows this. Its the future.

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