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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Martin Johnson sidestep try for Leicester in 2002

Martin Johnson sidestep try for Leicester in 2002

While the ELV debate from yesterday's posting rages on, it's probably a good time to show something completely different, this time in the form of a great try from the past.

While many people wouldn't normally associate former England captain Martin Johnson with his running ability, this try is refreshingly good for a man who is over two meters tall and weighed close to 120kg's back then.

The try comes from the Zurich Premiership, as it was known at the time, and is against Harlequins in what we think can only be the 2001/2002 season. It was a successful period in Leicester rugby history, with the club winning both the Premiership and the Heineken Cup in 2002.

Leicester's longest ever serving captain then led England to victory with the Grand Slam the following year, followed by the World Cup win in Australia.

He was a hard man who's style of play was uncompromising, but he was highly respected and his leadership was such that many name him as one of the greatest captains of all. He is currently at the helm of English rugby, and hoping to turn their fortunes around and achieve greatness once again, this time in the coaching role.

After all the plaudits, it's safe to say that this certainly wasn't what people would have expected him to be capable of. Can such a big man can actually sidestep, or more specifically, can this can be classified as one? It was probably more a change of direction, but was a helluva good finish either way because it resulted in five points for Leicester and bragging rights for the big guy.

Posted at 9:57 pm | 17 comments

Martin Johnson defiant prematch against Ireland 2003

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Anonymous August 05, 2008 8:52 pm

Great man...........

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Anonymous August 05, 2008 8:52 pm

Glad he's running the England setup

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Anonymous August 05, 2008 9:12 pm

pretty sure that was the day the world tilted slightly......

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V99 August 05, 2008 9:29 pm

Impressive run, although if it was any further I'm sure he would of had to pass it :P

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fourfiveorsix August 05, 2008 9:36 pm

The first step was actually better. Coming inside to take the pop. What a genius.

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Edward August 05, 2008 10:21 pm

He apparently didn't score in the 02-03 season, so I guess it was 01-02http://www.tigers.co.uk/31_288.php?PHPSESSID=4d98d7b97f5ce3095605c4462573dafeEdd

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Rugbydump August 05, 2008 10:31 pm

Yeah, looks that way. Fair enough Edd. Cheers for that.

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Benson August 05, 2008 10:39 pm

Haha nice try. Never seen that before. Who knew the big guy could move like that. I think he surprised himself judging by the big laugh afterwards!

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iceman! August 05, 2008 11:29 pm

He scored a good try against Munster in 2003 I think, the day he announced his international retirement, where he ran in from the 10 meter line. When he got a bit of room (not v often - hence the surprised look!) he could actually shift at a fair rate - perhaps because he covered about a third of the pitch with every stride.This is quality though, nice change of direction and pace for the try!

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Flow August 06, 2008 8:34 am

Against Nec Harlequins...

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durrie August 06, 2008 12:55 pm

Always nice to see the tight five scoring five...He was a great captain for England...lets hope they do better under his management maybe Rob Andrew needs to be axed...I dunno...he's a dinosaur...???

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Colin August 06, 2008 3:03 pm

Fantastic sidestep, for a forward that is. Great try.

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Anonymous August 06, 2008 3:45 pm

England to win the World Cup in NZ2011 with Johnson at the helm!!

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martin-offload August 06, 2008 4:25 pm

It was actually after the world cup because he played another season after internatonal retirement. one of the greatest players to wear the red rose and to lead any side onto any field in any era. Great try for such a big man.

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andy August 07, 2008 2:31 pm

Stop going on the lash rugbydump

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Anonymous August 08, 2008 5:30 pm

Gotta feel bad for the last man there! even if he hadnt fallen for the dummy it would have been like tackling a herd of bulls!

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