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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Riaan Viljoen's 62m monster penalty for Griquas

Riaan Viljoen's 62m monster penalty for Griquas

As we saw earlier in the week with the big hits on Ross Skeate, giant killers Griquas pulled off a memorable win against the much fancied Western Province (Stormers in the Super 14) on the weekend in Kimberley.

The game ended 21-20 in favour of the home team, which came in part thanks to a kick of mammoth proportions from young fullback Riaan Viljoen.

Regular kicker Conrad Barnard had a shocker, missing four out of five, so young Viljoen stepped up and took over, slotting all three of his kicks on the day.

Kick number two, close to the touch line about 40m out, sailed over easily from a two step run-up. Western Province regained the lead through Willem De Waal, but then with less than ten minutes left in the game, shortly after a massive hit from Gcobani Bobo, a penalty was awarded well inside the Griquas ten meter line.

Viljoen had no hesitation, and confidently blasted the ball over for this incredible 62-meter kick that reclaimed the lead for his team, and in the end, was the difference between winning and losing.

Griquas captain Herkie Kruger, delighted with the win after going into the match as underdogs, had only one thing to say about the kick after the game.

"It was a monster of a kick." 

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:26 pm | View Comments (28)

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Tui July 17, 2008 1:08 pm

that is H U G E ! great stuff(is that the longest range) ?

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julien July 17, 2008 2:07 pm

keeping ball on the ground. Isn't that a free kick now? Anyway, good kick, close to the old welsh kick (can't remember the name, but seen on rugbydump)

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el nino July 17, 2008 2:17 pm

lol "that is something special"

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Anonymous July 17, 2008 2:35 pm

I was wondering about Dan Carter's kick against the Boks in SA a few yrs back in the tri-nations. THat was at their own 10m line as well. Post of that anyone?

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no 9 July 17, 2008 2:54 pm

it was a nice kick but julien is right paul thorburns kick against scotland was much further.i think that it holds the record for furthest kick.

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Just a Fan July 17, 2008 3:07 pm

Great kick! After so long without any decent kickers SA seems to be breeding them prolifically (sp?) now.

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Cheis July 17, 2008 3:15 pm

tnx for posting this!!! great kick!!

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Anonymous July 17, 2008 3:35 pm

i've searched for the dan carter 62m kick, but its no-where to be found? maybe rugbydump can put that one up aswell.

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Rugbydump July 17, 2008 4:48 pm

The Dan Carter penalty that you guys are asking about, as well as Paul Thorburns famous kick, can be found in the Related Posts list under this video.

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ruggeryoda July 17, 2008 5:58 pm

Without that stiff wind in his back that would probably 5-6 meters shorter

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Sharky July 17, 2008 6:16 pm

ruggeryoda, yeah cos rugby's never been played in the wind before, and we see kicks like this go over every weekend... Don't be such a hater man!I think it was a brilliant kick, one of the best I've seen, and the wind wasn't even that strong. I barely noticed it when watching the game, certainly no stronger than in any other game. Thorburns would have been longer on the angle, but this is still a great kick. :)

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Anonymous July 17, 2008 7:04 pm

paul thorburns kick is better Beacuse it is at a lower alturtud( Iff you didnt notice i cant spell haha . But im sure you understand what i mean )Plus he had quite a breeze behind him . this kick is still up there with the best though

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Anonymous July 17, 2008 10:30 pm

is this the same viljoen who plays fullback for the u.s.a?

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Anonymous July 17, 2008 10:42 pm

thanks rugbydump, just seen the related posts link below the video and watched the DC one, very similar kicks.

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el nino July 17, 2008 11:28 pm

yeh does any1 kno yhe official longest kik ?

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Ricky July 18, 2008 8:31 am

How about the Stimpson kick for the European Cup semi-final Leicester Tigers vs Llanelli Scarlets?Was 60m out, went off bar and post before going over for Tigers to win 13-12

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Jordan July 18, 2008 4:45 pm

very nicely donebut not many people seem to notice or point out the bone crunching hit before the kickwhat a smashvery nicewish id have watched this game it looks a cracker

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Don July 20, 2008 6:34 am


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MerckZ July 22, 2008 12:14 am

That game was brilliant...Province losing, 62m penalty kick converted, and the hilarity of Owen Nkumane and Warren Brosnihan trying to out-gravel and out-macho each other. Hilarious stuff...

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Cheyanqu July 24, 2008 5:49 pm

Franois Viljoen played for the USA

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Cheyanqu July 24, 2008 5:53 pm

Wow...This kick was at 1200m (Kimberley). I wonder if playing in jo-B;urg or Pretoria would make it any easier.

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Anonymous October 27, 2008 2:19 pm

Best kick ever good for SA they are back on track.Well done Riaan keep it up hope to see you soon in the green and gold jersey know you can do it.Will watch out for you!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous August 18, 2009 12:59 am

the 2 worst rugby commentators in world rugby owen nkumane and warren brosnihan! surely supersport can find more talent out there!

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the situation April 17, 2010 2:04 pm

good....but thats 62 meters at altitude

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Anonymous June 19, 2010 10:05 pm

62m at altitude, sadly, is about 52 anywhere else. Search YouTube for francois steyns 61m kick at sea level and his drop goal against clermont from 60 odd too.

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Anonymous August 10, 2010 1:44 pm

Luke Mcalister kicked 63m last week in NZ.

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Anonymous February 18, 2011 11:50 pm

Big deal. Kimberley is over 1000m above sea level and the wind was behind him! Just like a 50m kick under normal circumstances

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skdecc February 20, 2011 3:26 pm

this guy is a monster

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