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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Ryan Lamb's brilliant try vs Saracens in the Guinness Premiership

Ryan Lamb's brilliant try vs Saracens in the Guinness Premiership

With the Guinness Premiership season kicking off exactly a month from now, we look back to one of the tries of the season, scored by a young man who will surely be vying for international honours come selection time later in the year.

Log leaders Gloucester were on fine form in the Premiership in April as they romped home to a 39-15 victory over Saracens. The six try win came in part from a stunning performance from flyhalf Ryan Lamb, who scored two tries, kicked smartly and controlled midfield with the authority of a seasoned veteran.

The flyhalf, who bagged 19 points on the day, including two tries in three minutes, was expected by many to be receiving an international call up after numerous quality showings such as this. It wasnt to be though, and hell have to do it all again this season in the hope of beating out the likes of Wilkinson, Cipriani, and Geraghty.

Early in the second half of this entertaining match at Kingsholm, the Gloucester onslaught began as a clearing kick from Neil De Kock stayed in field, only to be popped up to Lamb who burst through the narrowest of gaps on the way to scoring a stunning solo try. He sidestepped past two defenders, with his dismissive jink past Richard Haughton bringing back memories of the great steppers of the Seventies.

The try was converted by Lamb himself, who then only a few minutes later intercepted a De Kock pass to run in unopposed for a long range saunter that added another seven points to his tally.

The double blow meant no way back for Saracens, and Gloucester went on to top the table at the end of the season, despite not making it into the final where we saw Wasps lift the trophy.

The performance by Lamb and this try in particular, will be one to cherish for Gloucester and rugby fans alike, as the audacity and quality of that final step can only make you sit back and applaud, no matter which side of the fence youre sitting on.


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Anonymous August 07, 2008 9:53 am

and whos said white men cant step HAHA great stuff

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James August 07, 2008 10:18 am

GREAT STEPGREAT SITE

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Shaft August 07, 2008 12:12 pm

Awesome try. I remember seeing that in a highlights show somewhere when it happened and being pretty blown away by the stepping, and the ease at which he beat defenders. Phil Bennett eat your heart out. ;)

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Max August 07, 2008 12:45 pm

Martin Johnson eat your heart out more like. hahaAs much as a great talent Lamb is, I feel he is still not complete enough for international honours. He showed that he still can buckle under pressure.Prime example, playoff semi against Leicester.

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Don August 07, 2008 3:42 pm

LMAO! GREAT SIDESTEPS!

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caucau's no.1 fan August 07, 2008 4:26 pm

dont understand why lamb is ignored for england selection! everyone points out his main weakness, which is often defense, but a certain mr cipriani has to stand at 13 when defending for wasps because he is so poor, so i dont understand why the two arent considered on the same platform. only reason cipriani is higher rated is probably because he has been given a chance in the england team, something which lamb hasnt been given. leicester semi final game cannot be solely blamed on lamb, he just tried to run the ball out, thats the type of player he is, the entire gloucester team lost that game. give lamb a chance!

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Anonymous August 07, 2008 4:40 pm

cullen-esquethe true successor to Wilkinson

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sacricketer August 07, 2008 6:55 pm

"The Sidestep: It is the small man's act of retribution in a game of big men. It's his one moment of revenge." - Gerald Davies

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DMac August 07, 2008 7:51 pm

Too bad I won't be able to see Gloucester play Canada tomorrow...Work is the curse of the drinking class....David Mac

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Chazza August 07, 2008 9:23 pm

caucau's number 1 fan the reason he hasnt played for england is because they have had the like of wilko and cipriani and his defence isnt as good as either or theres

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Disco August 07, 2008 10:00 pm

Listen to Barnes choke and say things like Memorabaliousness. Genius.Replace Richard Haughton with Bryan Habana or place Leon MacDonald somewhere in the Saracens back three and I can't see Lamb getting as far as he did. In test rugby, skills like these are only of use when combined with the power to carry one of the defenders over the line when the defense reacts as it should have done under these circumstances (ie. in a test match somebody would have taken his head off quite early on in his dart into the 22).I'm on the fence regarding Lamb, simply because I think a test fly half that replaces Wilkinson should match Wilkinson in defense first and the way he's built right now doesn't really point to strong defense. Same goes for Cipriani but Cipriani looks like he's much quicker than Lamb (although on crutches so I'd go for Wilkinson in the Six Nations).

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caucau's no.1 fan August 08, 2008 5:05 pm

chazza and disco, ciprianis defense isnt wilko class, i stated earlier he stands at 13 on defensive moves, and even then the amounts of tackles wilko-esque. at the end of the day, nobody in the world will match wilko for tackling at FH, and probably most positions, when was the last time you remember him missing a tackle? my point is we cant moan at wilko's prodigy because nobody in the world let alone england will match him defensively. if it is deemed that much of an issue, im sure wilko will win his place back. just to note not completely biased here lol, ciprianis flat line speed is quicker, ryan lamb is far more agile. sadly i dont think either would be suited to 12, otherwise we would have quite a nice combo! damn wasps and glos, do some more tackling practise!!!!

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Anonymous August 09, 2008 2:38 am

hehe wilkinson missed a tackle against carter on the lions tour

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martin-offload August 09, 2008 8:21 pm

Lamb is a great player but may never get that chance. Cipriani stands at 13 in defence because they want flutey and waters making the big tackles as they are reknown for them. Also they want Cipriani's pace wider out to help with the blitz defence and closing down the space.

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caucau's no.1 fan August 10, 2008 12:40 pm

thats a pretty optimistic way of looking at it....waters and flutey arent slow so its not a tactical decision, it is purely because hes not a good tackler. sorry but you cant glos that one over! O well, the bias in English rugby im sure is not going to end by commenting on here, i guess you will just have to wait until Cipriani scores one great try then concedes two!

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Anonymous October 08, 2008 10:47 am

Great Try Lammmy :D

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