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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Midweek Madness - Tom Varndell sneaks in for a great try

Midweek Madness - Tom Varndell sneaks in for a great try

When the Leicester Tigers hosted London Irish in front of a capacity crowd in November of 2006, there was one man who left the field with his head held high after scoring two special tries, and another who was looking for the nearest ditch to bury his in.

The Tigers came out tops 26-18, mainly due to a great kicking display from Ian Humphreys, but more importantly, two tries from speedster Tom Varndell, the second of which came from a moment of extreme opportunism.

A huge clearing kick from Humpreys sailed downfield, travelling the length of the pitch before appearing as if it would run over the dead ball line.

Michael Horak, former Leicester and England full back, delayed touching the ball down as he seemingly presumed it would go dead, and had not been alerted of the impending threat posed by the rapidly advancing Varndell.

The England winger sprinted over 90m and came out of nowhere to beat the oblivious Horak to the ball, thus scoring a truly remarkable try.

This defensive howler was just as much down to poor judgement, communication, and awareness, as it was to Varndells tremendous speed and determined chase.

Its very similar to two other tries weve seen over the years, one being the famous Rob Howley incident of 2004, and the other from January this year with another flyer, Richard Haughton .

Great to watch, but never nice if it happens to you.

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:06 pm | View Comments (18)

Posted in Great Tries, See it to Believe it

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RedBaron September 17, 2008 3:29 pm

Cant we get another angle?? seems to me that his feet are quite close to the line...whatever, well done, thats why they always ask wings to chase the ball...

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Cheyanqu September 17, 2008 4:04 pm

redbaron,it doesn't matter where Varndells feet are.Provided that he is simply grounding the ball (i.e. not carrying it), he can stand anywhere.

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Anonymous September 17, 2008 4:35 pm

that was some funny stuff!Poor guy trying to shift the blame but then realizes that there's not a teammate in 50m! oops.

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Harry September 17, 2008 6:23 pm


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Anonymous September 17, 2008 6:35 pm

Ian Humphreys moved to Ulster so it's unlikely he had a fine kicking display for the Tigers.

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decepti0n September 17, 2008 6:38 pm

Lol damn, that defender has to feel useless

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adedayo adebayo September 17, 2008 7:22 pm

anonymous at 8.35,mate, humphreys's played for the tigers for a good three seasons, he only left this summer, this match was 2006. before you try to be clever, remember that you're thick as, probably why you didn't leave a name. you dump, keep it up! though some more up to date premiership vids would be cool (i know sky hate the copyright infringement, but fcuk em, thats what the nets for!)

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El Nino September 17, 2008 9:15 pm

wahaha wtf wots th guy complainig about ???varndells a fukin bullet tho . . . shame about his defensive frailtys tho :/

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boomshanka September 17, 2008 9:50 pm

thats some serious metres in a short amount of time

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elliot September 18, 2008 4:07 am

The try is great to watch, but what gets me each time is that monster of a kick...I know it bounced for a good 30 meters, but that was one hell of a boot.This is a great clip, thanks for posting it, RD!

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Anonymous September 18, 2008 11:26 am

i remember when he ran backwards against tiquiri

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Anonymous September 18, 2008 12:14 pm

thats when varndell was truely rapid, hes slowed down a bit now hes bulked up and learnt to tackle,

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eating is cheating September 18, 2008 6:00 pm

i can understand why this guy puts his hands up..if my team mates didn't shout man on i would be pretty pissed that they just sat and watched me make a dick of myself!!

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Nz Maori September 19, 2008 12:50 am

What a idiot I bet he felt 2 feet tall after letting that try in hahahaha what a dick

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Anonymous September 19, 2008 12:31 pm

That is comedy

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no.7 September 19, 2008 4:28 pm

"eating is cheating said... i can understand why this guy puts his hands up..if my team mates didn't shout man on i would be pretty pissed that they just sat and watched me make a dick of myself!!"EXACTLY!!!! that is exactly what i thought, he wasnt trying to complain about the try or shift the blame totally im pretty sure he was saying (in his mind) "Where the f*ck were you guys, thanks for the man on call!"

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fuckyoutube September 19, 2008 5:09 pm

omfg its deleted :s

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flanker September 19, 2008 9:08 pm

ty for putting it on dailymotion rugbydump =)

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