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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

David Lemi runs circles around Bath for this superb try

David Lemi runs circles around Bath for this superb try

A few weeks back in the first round of the Guinness Premiership in England, Bath took on Bristol at the Memorial Ground, a venue at which they hadn't won at since 1998. Despite scores being tied at the break and Bristol matching them in most facets of play, Bath were too strong in the second half, and came out eventual winners 33-20.

One of the best moments of the game, and perhaps the season, came shortly before the halftime break from little Samoan bullet, David Lemi.

Lemi, who weighs in at 75kg's, is one of the smallest professional players around. That lack of size does nothing to deter him though, as he has had two successful seasons with Bristol, coming out top try scorer in the Guinness Premiership in his second. He's also a Sevens star of note, and turned out for his country at the Rugby World Cup in 2007.

This try scored against Bath in the 37th minute was sublime, and while there were unfortunately no other angles of it at the time, we felt it had to be shared as he beat no less than six defenders with his balanced running and well timed stepping. He then chipped ahead, getting an unfortunate bounce but still managing to time the dive on the ball under the close attention of big Justin Harrison.

In a time when players the size of Matt Banahan are turning out on the wing, Lemi is another one of those small, fast guys who is no doubt an inspiration to the smaller wingers out there. If you're quick, but you've ever doubted you can make it because of your size, just watch Lemi in action.

Posted by Rugbydump at 8:36 am | View Comments (33)

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Cheis September 23, 2008 9:41 am

wasn't he the samoan fullback last RWC??great player, and good to see little guys with big impact!!

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Jbone September 23, 2008 9:53 am

Erm, isn't there a hint of a knock on just before he collects and scores? Or does it come off his knee?

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Greiffel September 23, 2008 10:02 am

I also thought that, but it looks like the knee for sure. Mighty close to hand though.

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 10:18 am

Fantastic try! M

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diehardmunsterfan September 23, 2008 10:38 am

brilliance sheer brilliance

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 10:53 am

great try, looking forward to seeing more of him in the future

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opfazonk September 23, 2008 12:37 pm

wow! what a moment of genius!!!

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 1:02 pm

i was waiting years for this video!

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FrankyH September 23, 2008 2:33 pm

^ weird comment seeing as this happened two weeks ago.Love that first big step. Left Claasens for dead.

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 3:19 pm

next robinson

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flank September 23, 2008 3:45 pm

yea mate.. love the 1st step. nice. tho classens isnt really tinkin at the moment because if lemi took the step to the left, it will be on the touch line. so might as well defend the right side.

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dr September 23, 2008 4:07 pm

love to see this, Lemi is an inspiration to see. My district coach told me when I was in School that I would never be a top rugby player simply due to my lack of size, yet this guy is smaller than me now. Makes me wish I had been given a better chance a bit tho lol

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durrie September 23, 2008 4:33 pm

Fantastic try...the smaller more nimble guys always have the big steps and rapid accelleration to burn you with...Gotta Love this game...

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 5:01 pm

wow what an amazing try. An insperation to players like myself. I am the second smallest in the team and the lightest by a long way, also I play wing.

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bD September 23, 2008 5:03 pm

jesus thats a helluva try!!!still cant help but mention how ANNOYING that english commentator is saying "oh thats quite brilliant" all the time !

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 6:17 pm

yer guiness premership commentary is pretty poor lol

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 7:16 pm

There is no next Robinson. Robinson was, and always will be unique. An incredible player. Lemis is good, but Robinson will always be Robinson.

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Dave September 23, 2008 8:08 pm

fucking incredible

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JamesH September 23, 2008 8:46 pm

Really good try.It looks like bad defense, but they just don't stand a chance. He's awesome.P.s. Hand or knee doesn't matter, they're both knock on's

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Zavala September 23, 2008 9:36 pm

Is Jamesh taking the P? If the ball comes off his knee then it isn't a knock-on.

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K. Hav September 23, 2008 10:15 pm

Great video. I like seeing a try scored even when the bounce ISN'T perfect. Plus I'm also a small, quick winger. Cheers to Lemi!

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Anonymous September 23, 2008 11:43 pm

Any part of the body from the knee above is a knock on. Spencer used to do those grubbers with his knee but the rule changed so he couldn't anymore. I think Lemi knocked it on.

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Hiraka September 24, 2008 1:58 am

Fantastic individual effort.Also, I'm loving how sharp the clips have been on RD lately. Kudos

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robert September 24, 2008 2:03 am

It's hard to see what happens in the final bobbling of the ball but it does suddenly shoot towards the ground in a way that suggests it hit something. The Bath player coming in from the right has a good view and he doesn't make any sort of claim for a knock-on, and you'd think he would've. Whatever .. a brilliant run and it would've been really bad luck to have not been rewarded.I don't mind the commentary. The guys that start yelling and squealing at every line break are a pain. This guy said it was brilliant and magic without having to rant on about it. OK by me, it's about the footy not the commentator.

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goodNumber10 September 24, 2008 6:37 am

That step off his left then right foot in heavy traffic is absolutely sublime.fantastic try.

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Biggles September 24, 2008 12:44 pm


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brizzle September 24, 2008 5:03 pm

The best individual try this season in the premiership and unlikely to be beaten, what a sidestep and what a try !!!

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mattn September 24, 2008 6:41 pm

yh! i was there in the bass terrace and saw him at the gym the next day

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martin-offload September 24, 2008 8:46 pm

I am a lightweight, but pace is the greatest weapon you can posses. Lemi is also not a spring chicken lads he is 26. lol on the wikipedia though RD

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/-F-/ September 25, 2008 5:32 pm

Even if it was a knock forward, the ref should allow such a remarcable try.

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Rawling September 26, 2008 10:46 am

Re. Any part of the body from the knee above is a knock on. Spencer used to do those grubbers with his knee but the rule changed so he couldn't anymore.Definition: Knock OnA knock on occurs when a player loses possession of the ball and it goes forward, or when a player hits the ball forward with the hand or arm, or when the ball hits the hand or arm and goes forward, and the ball touches the ground or another player before the original player can catch it.However, when actually kicking the ball from hand, it has to hit the leg below the knee.

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Anonymous September 26, 2008 11:42 am

If you get beat at pool without potting any of your balls, it's called getting grannied as in 'my granny could do better'. There should be a special name for tries where a guy beats more than half the other team = 8 players to score. I think Bath just got grannied.

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jeroz September 30, 2008 5:55 am

don't forget francisco bosch's header try in the ANZ cup a few years back. that's not a knock-on

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