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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 5

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 5

Round 5 of the French Top 15 produced another batch of sensational tries, with the highlight of this video being the players' ability to offload in the tackle, and be there in support to finish off the tries.

Perpignan beat Top 14 new boys Racing Metro 18-14 in a tightly contested match, with tries to Nicholas Durand, and Maxime Mermoz, as well as Henry Chavancy for Racing Metro.

Castres picked up a bonus point win against Montpellier by beating them 33-18 following tries from Roman Teulet and Chris Masoe. The Masoe try came from a brilliant break by speedster Mark Andreu who sliced through the defence sensationally. The big kiwi then simply charged over the line to finish it.

Bayonne pumped Bourgoin 53-6 as they ran in seven tries, with Pepito Elhorga, Jean-Baptiste Peyras, and Bejamin Fall all scoring two tries each. Peyras scored a notably excellent individual try.

Brive were also on fine form as they punished Albi by 36-9. Argentinian Horacio Agulla got on the scoresheet, as did Jamie Noon and another foreigner, Antoine Claassen.

Pocket Rocket Brent Russell scored for Clermont against Toulouse as they won 19-12 after taking a 13-3 lead at half time. Montauban just beat Toulon with the final kick in a match that was packed with drama. The hosts won 21-18, with a nice try from Julien Raynaud.

Elsewhere, Stade Francais poor form continued as they lost 30-22 to Biarritz.

Theres some great tries on show here that are, as always, all the more enjoyable with the excitable French commentary. Enjoy.


Time: 04:23

Posted at 6:55 pm | 22 comments

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Anonymous September 13, 2009 10:24 pm

first!!!

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Phil September 13, 2009 10:25 pm

Last try...c'est magnifique! lol

Great hands, French flair and enthusiastic commentators once again :D

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mise September 13, 2009 10:54 pm

seriously that last clip: great try but the star was surely the commentator:

How many words can one person say in that amount of time!?!

some real potentials coming trou for the French national side too

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Anonymous September 13, 2009 10:59 pm

Hahahahaha loving the commentary.. the tries deserved them! BEAUTIFUL RUGBY!!!! :D my coach is french and he's all about this french play.... c'est magnifique :)

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otter September 13, 2009 11:24 pm

that was simply brilliant commentary, one of the things that makes watching sport all the better. If you have boring, tone-deaf dribbling english commentators, you can find yourself snoozing, but these guys know how to get the job done. Reminds me of NFL commentators, they know how to keep you interested in the game even if the score is like 53-0.

GREAT tries too, some good looking prospects for the french. That guy who gave the pass for the try in #10 got owned by Chabal lol awesome

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piopio September 13, 2009 11:34 pm

That Toulon match...why didn't they play any of their star players they're paying so much for?

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Eric September 14, 2009 12:25 am

Chabak at 0:24

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Eric September 14, 2009 12:30 am

Commentary for the last try was crazy!!

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Bobby Nations September 14, 2009 1:29 am

How was try #5 not the result of crossing? Seems weird to me; though in repeated viewings I can't see how anyone actually interfered with the defenders. Still, it looks fishy.

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granite September 14, 2009 7:16 am

Try no. 4: Lock against half back FTW!

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granite September 14, 2009 7:21 am

"How was try #5 not the result of crossing?"

IMHO, its because no one is carrying the ball while running behind anyone. The dummy runners all run their lines and the defenders are drawn to them, leaving the space. No one is forcing them that way or impeding them getting to the eventual ball carrier. Might have been crossing if the ball had been passed too early, and the No 21 had to run behind someone while carrying the ball (and their teammate interfered with the opposition). A play like this is a triumph of both lines and timing!

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Bill September 14, 2009 7:27 am

That's absolutley right granite.
Decoy runners are an important part of the game and too few fly-by-night fans understand the rules regarding them.
Just because a decoy gets hit by a defender means nothing in and of itself. Usually it's because the defender has stuffed up and made the wrong descision about which player to mark, and it's no fault but his own.
As long as the decoy runner is not activley impeding a defender from making a tackle, it's not a crossing penalty. Even then, if it's not clear cut, because if the defender made no effort to impede the tackler, but the defender came in on him, it's not a penalty. The defender has to eb trying to get past the decoy, with a realistic chance of tackling the ball carrier, and the defender has toa ctivley impede him from doing that.

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Anonymous September 14, 2009 11:00 am

priceless commentary and excellent tries! keep em coming! :D

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opfazonk September 14, 2009 12:17 pm

hahahahahahaha the commentator going crazy for the second and last try is so classic :D those guys should be careful not to get a heart-attack at some stage ;)

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andy September 14, 2009 2:55 pm

I must say i do enjoy watching the french league highlight the most. Even more enjoyable than the premiership and magners.

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Anonymous September 14, 2009 4:48 pm

any french people get a word of what the commentator was saying in the final try? gibberish :)

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Bobby Nations September 14, 2009 5:44 pm

The more I watch try #5, the more I see that granite is correct; it's definitely not crossing. The attacking team (Clermont?) shows exquisite timing on the pass. As a defender, how do you handle that maneuver? I associate French with brilliant open field running, but this was a set piece, first-phase play. Well done, indeed. 2011 could be very, very interesting.

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Brick Shithouse September 14, 2009 6:07 pm

That Castres no. 11 is popping up every week. Little bit special??

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the rock September 14, 2009 7:40 pm

do the french not play forward passes?

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mise September 14, 2009 11:25 pm

that commentator is more like a radio than a TV commentator - that's why he's so frenetic and basically fun to listen to. You definitely want the guy to score at the end!

In Ireland, Michael Corcoran (RTE radio one) can be a bit like that, especially when Munster are playing.

Sometimes its better to have the radio on and the tv on too, but with the sound down on the tv

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Anonymous September 15, 2009 1:31 pm

ball off the perpignan lineout was forward on second try

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Anonymous September 16, 2009 6:32 pm

On the last try he says "c'est magnifique" (no need to translate)& "essai de grande envergure pour Chris Masoe" exceptional try for Chris Masoe.
Rodolphe Pires is a catatalan and covers also rgby League for the catalans and catch transmissions. His commentary is also colourful for most of the french people, typical of the catalan verve !!

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