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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Midweek Madness - Satala big dive for the line

Midweek Madness - Satala big dive for the line

Thanks to a user submission, we've come across this amusing try from the last Commonwealth Games' Sevens Tournament, held in Melbourne in 2006.

With all the recent talk of bringing Rugby Sevens back into the Olympics , the Commonwealth Games would be the ideal tournament to look back on and acknowledge that Sevens certainly does have a place on the world stage, in an event like this, or more significantly, at the Olympics.

New Zealand, the all conquering Sevens masters, beat England in the final in 2006, taking gold after England had knocked out Fiji in the Semis.

That Semi Final was extremely competitive, but it was England who had a comfortable lead with time almost up. This short clip is of the late try from Satala of Fiji, as he took a quick tap and dived over the line in some kind of bizarre attempt to get over the defenders. The try was given, and the dive was successful, although in real time it did look as though he had dropped the ball while trying to get it down.

The replay gives us a better view of it, and whatever the case, it was a rather peculiar try, something you don't see very often.

In the end England beat potential title contenders Fiji by 21-14. 

Posted at 12:09 pm | 16 comments

Let's get Rugby in the Olympics

Viliame Satala hit on John Roe - Brisbane Sevens 2000

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Anonymous October 08, 2008 12:10 pm

Please can you find the Matthew Tait try from that tournament. It was against either Fiji or NZ. Absolutely awesome try!

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Anonymous October 08, 2008 12:12 pm

i thought u couldnt jump into a tackle??

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sebastian October 08, 2008 1:44 pm

thought so 2

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Harry October 08, 2008 1:46 pm

I believe diving for the line is allowed, so in this case the England players were just "in the way". Can any more knowledgible posters confirm this?Also, typical Fijian brilliance...

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el nino October 08, 2008 3:15 pm

yeh i kno th try u meann it on you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTtTppu4kI8

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Anonymous October 08, 2008 4:33 pm

isnt that illegal and dangerous??hmmmm

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Anonymous October 08, 2008 9:17 pm

ill bet your all englishmen ohh that shouldnt have been alowed its dangerous it was a bloody good try and you shouldnt winge about it u still won

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Stewie October 09, 2008 7:32 am

He's not jumping into a tackle though is he? He's jumping for the try line which is perfectly legitimate. The grounding is also fine - a good try.

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Anonymous October 09, 2008 9:12 am

dangerous, tait pwns at 7s

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Rancid October 09, 2008 10:56 am

You see this alot in the NFL... To be honest i'm surprised we don't see alot more of these sort of dives for the try.Certainly in scenarios where defenders tend to go low to prevent grounding i'd imagine going high would be quite effective.

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Anonymous October 09, 2008 12:13 pm

what the fuck was that!!!cheers from biarritz

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Don October 09, 2008 6:24 pm

I've seen Rokocoko, Habana and so many other rugby players jump for the try line...this shouldn't be an exception.Sucks for the English...lol

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bD October 10, 2008 8:28 pm

ofcourse his excuse was he was jumping for the try line but obviouly he had jumping the tackle in mind, simple as.

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Anonymous October 13, 2008 7:57 pm

it's nonsense, it's dangerous and shouldn't have been allowed.

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Andy B November 18, 2008 12:24 pm

Actually, in the laws there is nothing to say that you can't jump into a tackle - there is no provision made for that. However I would work on the assumption of "the game is played by players on their feet" and would penalise for acts contrary to good sportsmanship" if someone were to jump into a tackle. Awesome try though!!

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Anonymous February 18, 2009 12:28 pm

fuck ya...he was diving for the line but i dont rekon he grounded the ball it looks like he bounced it or lost it completely... who cares but england still won

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