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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Keegan Daniel's fantastic chip & chase try

Keegan Daniel's fantastic chip & chase try

The Sharks shot to the top of the Currie Cup table this weekend after their remarkable come from behind 34-25 victory over the visiting Blue Bulls in Durban.

All the Springboks were back in action after the Tri Nations, and both sides went at it full tilt, resulting in an eight try spectacle that was only really decided in the last five minutes.

With the Sharks feeling the pressure of the Bulls, and an imminent drop goal for the win posing a constant threat, this superb try by young Sharks loose forward Keegan Daniel came out of nowhere, taking the game away from the visitors and sealing victory for Sharks.

Daniel is a young tearaway who has always been physically smaller than every other forward in the country. But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed, skill, and heart.

Previously an under 21 star, there was talk of him taking time out to bulk up before making his senior debut. But Daniel had too much to offer, and is now a fully fledged member of the Sharks Super 14 and Currie Cup squads.

In this match he wore number eight, but is normally a flanker, who can often be seen flying at opposition flyhalfs and diving in for spectacular tries. Earlier this year in the Super 14 he scored against the Blues just 16 seconds after kickoff, a try which was featured in our Round 4 Pick of the Week .

So while it may look strange to see such a fresh faced, tiny number eight, the quality of this try speaks for itself, and you'll be sure to see more of Keegan Daniel in the future. Six, Seven, Eight, he can play anywhere. Stick a number 14 on his back and he'll do just as well.
One to watch no doubt.

PLEASE NOTE: This video has been removed by Mediazone, who own the rights to the footage and no longer allow us to use it. Apologies from our side.

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:15 pm | View Comments (17)

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Brennie September 09, 2008 10:51 pm

He is weeenchie!! Good try though (possib of a knock-on as he was beside the player)Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to come...pint size no.8's ??

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elliot September 10, 2008 12:03 am

Was the boy at 0:54 taken for the sacrifice to the winning team?Great try, though...comes down to quick thinking and reflexes. Love it.

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julio September 10, 2008 12:27 am

Belo Try...fantastico! E que sortudo!! Eu achei que ele jogaria fechado, mas...e o chute de converso redimui o penal!

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Cheis September 10, 2008 12:44 am

what a try, but also, what a great conversion!!! ruan pienaar's got a good boot!!

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Cheyanqu September 10, 2008 12:49 am

Pierre who?Amazing try.

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Anonymous September 10, 2008 2:06 am


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geoff September 10, 2008 9:21 am

isnt it normally people from the SH who moan about slack taclking?

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Shaft September 10, 2008 9:34 am

Geoff you're an idiot. Take your negative view on life and rugby somewhere else mate. FFS du preez was handed off. How is that slack tackling?? Why does everything have to be a contest between SH & NH??! Clown.

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geoff September 10, 2008 9:42 am

shaft > That was my point, the same SH posters would call a handoff slack taclking in the GP/T14 (check the old Top 14/Top 10 videos on Youtube). Yet in their own competitions its great play.

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Shaft September 10, 2008 9:48 am

Geoff, blaming poor tackling for great tries is the weakest argument there is. If it were so easy, why isn't everyone scoring tries like that then. Anyone who says that is an idiot, nomatter where they come from. And believe me, it happens both ways, but it's normally from bitter, defensive (excuse the pun) people who don't know much about rugby. Arrogance too. Anyway, sorry for the rant, but the whole 'bad tackling' comment trend really grinds my balls (another pun maybe).

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08 September 10, 2008 12:43 pm

that shaft is a really funny guy, innit?

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Shaft September 10, 2008 4:22 pm

Not sure how to reply to 'innit' to be honest.

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el nino September 10, 2008 9:29 pm

lol ok bit ov a rondom arguement . . . . u kno wen he chips and it bounces does he flick it in2 his path n catch it or is it jus abit ova freak bounce ???looks 2 me like he taps it more in feild then cathcs it

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breakaway September 11, 2008 1:40 am

el nino: it's hard to tell if he flicks the ball or not, I think he just gets a fingernail to it. Which is OK as it counts as an adjustment under the laws but it stretches that law to its limit I guess. And I don't think many defenders would've made that last tackle, Daniel had all the momentum and room to move, and his left arm was free to fend. He should've got through and he did it well. A terrific try.

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Anonymous September 11, 2008 10:37 am

get a life breakaway! why dont try playin the game

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durrie September 11, 2008 11:43 am

As a sharks fan this try had me going mad when he scored it only 5mins from full time in a game where the lead changed 5\6 times in the game...AWESOME game and AWESOME try by Keegan and yes Al Nino he get tap it up and over the defender after the bounce but it's not a knock on till it touches the ground as far as I know.I remember Keegan scoring the quickest try in S14 last year at home against the Auckland Blues I think it was...he is not a very big guy but he is everywhere and he is massively skilled as we can see from this try...

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P@ September 14, 2008 9:18 pm

Great try. I was going crazy when it happened, but the game felt too much like the final last year. Way too stressful. p.s. Durrie, his try against the blues wasn't actually the fastest in S14.

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