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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Leicester vs Bath - Big hits and Dupuy's winning try

Leicester vs Bath - Big hits and Dupuy's winning try

A packed Walkers Stadium were treated to a thrilling finish as their Leicester Tigers snuck victory in the final minute against Bath in Saturday's Heineken Cup quarter final.

The match was as intense as youd expect to see in the knock out stages of a big tournament, with a few crunching tackles that stood out.

The first of which was 6ft7 Bath wing Matt Banahan smashing Tigers fullback Geordan Murphy. Banahan lined up and hammered Murphy, who did well to get up from the huge knock.

Alesana Tuilagi once again showed his power, but this time it was with a dreadfully unnecessary hit on Bath fullback Nick Abendanon. Abendanon went off with a shoulder injury a few minutes later.

The high point of the match was of course the late winning try, which came with less than 50 seconds left till full time, and the scores deadlocked at 15-15.

Frenchman Julien Dupuy looked to feed Sam Vesty for the drop goal attempt, but decided it wasnt on. His delay led to a gap opening up for him to dart through, before rounding the covering defender superbly.

Dupuys piece of magic booked the Tigers a place in the semi-finals in which theyll meet Toulouses conquerors Cardiff at the Millennium Stadium.

Time: 06:47

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:51 pm | View Comments (31)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 6:20 pm

definitely should of included some play from Shontayne Hape in that game he was immense. His line break for the try, his tackle on Tuilagi into touch and his general play was top class.

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Darc Tiger April 12, 2009 6:37 pm

Hape was alright, but as I read somewhere, the was more chance of a dodo walking out with teh ball when he took it into contact. Good break though.Banahan cruncher! Tuilagi's was off the ball. Deserved a penalty. But you could see he was commited from the start though.And of course, Dupuys try was a little sprinkle of magic to separate these class sides. Fantastic quick thinking and great step.In the end it was very close, but Leicetsers tireless work at the breakdown and in defence won the match. They fought for EVERYTHING and turned to much ball over. For that determination and spirit, they deserved the win.

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Boz April 12, 2009 7:46 pm

Darc,"was committed the whole way." Keep your head up and take a look. He was a few yards from the man when it was evident the ball was not going to him. Tuilagi will be cited for that hit, especially because of the injury it caused.

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# 7 April 12, 2009 8:06 pm

Tuilagi is a ravenous beast! I'd hate to be his opposite number. Good result for the boys tho. Too bad for Bath!

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 8:25 pm

ouch by Tuilagi, feel sorry for the guy going off though, especially as it wasnt a legal hit. cracking finish though, good try

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mark April 12, 2009 8:31 pm

good game,leicester just about deserved it in the end.butch james really needs to sort himself out and get a sports psychology book or something though!he must be the most temperamental player i've ever seen!Tuilagi's hit was a definite penalty.could have changed the outcome of the match.i thought murphy did very well in the first one to hold his line and get the ball away even though he knew he was gonna be smashed!

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 8:46 pm

Dupuy showed all the french magic that Chris White voluntarly denied...referring Toulouse

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 9:11 pm

haha my reaction: O_O :O when he scored the try ! hahaha. very nice. would like to see full match highlights though!

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opfazonk April 12, 2009 9:13 pm

discipline won the match :)

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Anonymous April 12, 2009 10:48 pm

leicestter to go through but i just cant see anyone beating munster this yer or in the next couple years.they look liek a class above everyone in europe and in the world.they could go on tour to the super 14 and hockey any team they liked down there.

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Kerivoula April 12, 2009 10:59 pm

Heart-breaking for Bath, Dupuy had no idea of what he was doing and fully expected to just create a ruck once he realised he didn't know who he was supposed to be passing to. All credit to him for quick thinking once that happened, but Bath must be bitter about their full-back being taken out of the game, especially considering he would've been the last man in Dupuy's way....

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 1:11 am

Munster are ahead of anyone atm, they made the ospreys look terrible

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 4:34 am

Moody and everyone celebrating in the try zone should be ashamed of themselves.

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Sander April 13, 2009 6:36 am

@ anonymousWhy should they be ashamed? It clearly shows how much winning this match means to them, and just goes to show the importance of the Heineken Cup.That try was something else... though the commentary team might be right: Dupuy probably couldn't find the guy in the pocket quick enough, but what an improv!

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 7:37 am

Dupuy in the next France squad for sure.

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 12:44 pm

It was a superb try but I can't believe no one has mentioned the kick in front of the posts that Vesty missed; absolute sitter.

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 12:56 pm

Dupuy didn't know what was happening himself. Everyone was just as confused as he was like but good thinking on the feet.Got a feeling in the second half both team were on a mission to kill each other.BTW, that missed conversion was by Murphy, not Vesty

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 1:12 pm

No, it was Vesty, look closer. The commentator is talking about Murphy that is why he says he name but you see the kicker lean over with '10 Vesty' written on his back and then you see Vesty running back, that was a bi of a give away...

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martin-offload April 13, 2009 1:25 pm

tuilagi should get cited 4 that tackle that type of thing is not on and it what the citing process was brought in for. Anyway most people could hit someone without the ball like that

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 1:38 pm

bad tackle by tuilangi, just a shoulder smash, but before that there was Banahans on murphy which was also just a shoulder hit so bath cant really complain too much.great try though.

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Anonymous April 13, 2009 2:22 pm

why should they be ashamed for celebrating? just got a try in the last minute to win a tough quarter final of course youd celebrate madly

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ryebye April 13, 2009 4:01 pm

Dupuys dummy was the 2nd best dummy i have ever seem 1st must be dawsons ;-)RyeBye

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islandstylin April 13, 2009 10:00 pm

tuilagi was definitely wrong for that tackle.. but i noticed only one person is commenting about banahan's high hit.. his shoulder clearly made contact with murphy's chin and no one here is complaining... as usual, only the islander should be cited.. i am surprised no one called tuilagi a thug... yet!!

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islandstylin April 13, 2009 10:03 pm

AND banahan never even attempted to use his arms... my the double standards!!

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Rosina April 14, 2009 1:55 am

Im worried about French rugby, all that money invested, all those players.. and not ONE team got in the semi-finals of the Heineken.. i dont get it..

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boomshanka April 14, 2009 2:53 am

why did that guy run into Tuilagi?

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Anonymous April 14, 2009 5:31 pm

Really don't like Tigers, if anything Bath are my all time favourite club fromn when I was a little nipper but that Dupuy try was sweet! Jaybee

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Rafael April 14, 2009 5:39 pm

Sorry, i logged as "Rosina" (My mothers account).

Im worried about French rugby, all that money invested, all those players.. and not ONE team got in the semi-finals of the Heineken.. i dont get it..

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jonno April 18, 2009 1:04 pm

tge only reason the conver4sion was missed was cuz it was charged down, thats whyat they said on the radio

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scot April 19, 2009 9:38 am

tuilagi should have got penalised
who attemted to convert Dupuy's try ? cos he missed from straight in from of the posts ... weird

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The Real Tiger October 03, 2009 12:38 pm

i would hate to be on either team one has Tuilagi and on ehas banahan.

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