Massive try saving hit by Israel No.8


Carlos Spencer & Stephen Larkham fight


Matt Toomua Falcon vs the All Blacks


Sam Tuitupou's big tackle on Sherridan


Visser penalised for preventing lineout


Isa Nacewa tackle on Gareth Owen


Rupeni Caucau try and nice assist


Buck Shelford tribute


Malakai Fekitoa smashes Conrad Smith

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Plays of the Year 2009

Plays of the Year 2009

The international season down south is all but over as the Tri Nations came to a close last weekend. With that, comes the need to reflect on the best bits of the season so far, as Sean Maloney presents us with the Plays of the Year for 2009.

It's been a year of fun filled action so far, more for some than others are we see a bizarre moment in the stands prematch at a Super 14 game in Hamilton. Yes, the tournament has had it's highlights, most of which were on the cheerleaders at each and every game.

From dancing advice to sour grapes, Springbok coach Peter De Villiers commanded plenty of attention in 2009. He never failed to infuriate and confuse with his random statements to the media.

De Villiers did however, have the last laugh as his team beat the British & Irish Lions, won the Tri Nations, and retained the number one position on the IRB rankings. Perhaps there is some method to the madness after all.

The biggest hits of the year come from the Lions tour in South Africa, the Air New Zealand Cup, and the Super 14. The Hit of the Year is awarded to a centre who smashed a far bigger prop.

The Best Try of the Year is given to a worthy Frenchman who scored an absolute beauty of an individual effort against the All Blacks a few months back.

As a rugby fan, it's been an incredible year so far with an incredible amount to talk about, both on and off the field. We'll remember 2009 for many different things. It's been a great year for the fans, with so much going on both on and off the field.

The good news is, it's not over yet.


:: Related Posts ::
Plays of the Month for August 2009
Plays of the Month for July 2009
Plays of the Month for June 2009
Time: 04:20
Note: This is from the Australian show The Rugby Club.

Posted at 1:33 pm | 35 comments

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somefrenchdude September 26, 2009 6:28 pm

FIRST!!!!!!!! Heymans you legend, his try is awesome. Go France in the 6N!!

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Crosser September 26, 2009 6:47 pm

That was a great try by Heymans - the sides of his shoes were so close to being in touch!

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Rising September 26, 2009 7:12 pm

Great Vid.

Anyone know the name the name of the french song played at 2:30 of the vid?

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piaruskov September 26, 2009 7:17 pm

plastic bertrand: a plane pour moi

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Anonymous September 26, 2009 7:23 pm

great vid

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Phil September 26, 2009 7:23 pm

I know that the vast majority of you will disagree with me, but I'd really like to be able to watch rugby videos without being exposed to soft porn in the form of the strippers. If you try to keep your eyes and heart pure regarding lust it's tough, and this doesn't help. Young women parading themselves half naked has nothing to do with this great sport, it's just really cheap and base marketing by the clubs. Surely the parents of young children who have gone to the matches cringe when their youngsters are being exposed to what, up until a very short time ago, was the preserve of strip clubs and adult films.

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Dave September 26, 2009 7:37 pm

That is extremely soft porn then Phil. You'd probably see more at your child's high school swimming gala. Just make sure you look away though so that you remain pure.

Great vid. Hilarious, and some sweet hits :)

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opfazonk September 26, 2009 7:42 pm

"If you try to keep your eyes and heart pure regarding lust it's tough, and this doesn't help" - WTF? hey phil, i guess you keep away yourself and your children from beaches as well? what's wrong about wearing a bikini?

could have been a fair bit longer for "plays of the year", but again great vid! gotta love the aussies for their humour!

cheers RD!!!

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el September 26, 2009 8:18 pm

"Surely the parents of young children who have gone to the matches cringe when their youngsters are being exposed to what, up until a very short time ago, was the preserve of strip clubs and adult films."

Now you're talking...a little rugby, a little sideline hardcore porn action...where can I get tickets to THAT match?

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PdV is Cray-zee September 26, 2009 8:20 pm

Hah, at least they got Heymans' name right...I guess they've had a few months to differentiate between Clerc and Heymans, so good on em.

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Pitseleh September 26, 2009 9:11 pm

Haha, poor guys with his beers at the end !

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Phil 2 September 26, 2009 10:24 pm

That snaggetooth near the beginning was hot :P hahaha

The other Phil might disagree with cheerleaders being in the game but I certainly don't.

And I'm sure the dancers wouldn't be too happy being called strippers or being associated with porn. They're professionals that provide a few minutes of entertainment...it's not like they're dancing for the full 80 minutes (some might wish for that though lol)

Gotta love our Aussie programs :)

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Anonymous September 26, 2009 11:12 pm

Where are the plays?? I only see one with Heymans' try (great one by the way) but what else?? Even if I love cheerleaders I'm not considering them as the "Plays of the Year 2009", I expected another thing...

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Jon September 27, 2009 2:26 am

Ha, it's an aussie program, so it's our plays of the year, ok mate?
And Phil, while you might consider cheerleaders impure, I would probably just consider you a prude.
If wanting to see atrtactive woman dance around in skimpy outfits is impure, than just call me Johny Impure.

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zacaria September 27, 2009 3:13 am

only needed heymans try to rap up plays of the year

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vinniechan September 27, 2009 5:46 am

I don't think anyone here would mind a little bit of eye candy and which ever way you like to read it is entirely up to u (tho the spanking is a bit unconventional).
Heymas' last side step for the try was outrageous, and this vid is sweet.

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RuckedOff September 27, 2009 8:25 am

How much of that vid was actually rugby?
"Hurrr but it had cheerleaders"
So what? i come here for rugby.

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FrankyH September 27, 2009 9:03 am

Beggars being choosers on here once again I see.

Funny clip RD, thanks. I thought it was great.

As for the prudes, today's sunday - go to confession or something. You'll get over it.

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Phil September 27, 2009 9:09 am

I'm a teacher, and I have to say that never at a swimming gala have we had women in bikinis going up to men in the audience and spanking them with a bondage whip. Likewise at the beach, people wear bikinis - they don't do slow and provocative stripteases and dances! Seems like some people don't want to actually admit that they're watching.

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FrankyH September 27, 2009 9:22 am

Phil, that bondage whip thing was indeed bizarre, but once off I'm pretty sure.

Strippers take their clothes off for money. These dancers do it for fun, and are generally some kind of dancers away from cheerleading anyway (NOT strippers). I think you're taking it a bit seriously mate. We're not living in the 1920's.. or saudi arabia.

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Jon September 27, 2009 10:14 am

Phil, I like hot women in tiny outfits. I admit without any hesitation that I enjoy it because I want to shag these cheerleaders.
So what? Welcome to modern, western society. If you want to be religious about it, fine. Don't expect everyone else to care.
And this clip is for laughs, if you don't like it, don't watch it.

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Chris G September 27, 2009 11:31 am

"If you try to keep your eyes and heart pure regarding lust it's tough" - hahaha get a life, and lose the medieval values.

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JuiCe September 27, 2009 12:57 pm

To anon above m8 please dont talk out your ass the stadiums in the SH are huge so if their is 20k people it looks empty by standards but in the NH the stadiums are smaal to comparison and can only ultimately hold about 15k to 20k people ( not all but most) so yours just looks fuller cos of the stadium.

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Anonymous September 27, 2009 3:10 pm

MMMM CHEERLEADERS!!
brown haired 1 in red
why dont they have these in the prem!!!!
id get my season ticket booke dup asap :D

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The Schpoople Master September 27, 2009 5:39 pm

Phil you could have expressed yourself a little better, but i do appreciate your point of view. Personally, I think these girls are talented an d a nice addition, but theres no need for such harsh comments to peopel who disagree with me on that. Good choice for try of the year too, superb.

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Anonymous September 27, 2009 5:59 pm

I'm fairly against the cheerleaders too. Takes away from the match. Women are for after the game not during!!!

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Anonymous September 27, 2009 7:16 pm

The guys from The Rugby Club are just great, I hate I won't see them again til 2010
great vid

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Canadian Content September 27, 2009 7:30 pm

Have to agree with the statement above that this video was pretty short on the footage of actual rugby to be called the plays of the year. The Aussie's do have a good sense of humour but I also come to this site to see some great rugby and not hear cheeky comments. As for Phil's comments, though not as worried about being pure for most my Saturday nights are devoted to debautchery, I must say that if I wanted to see scantily clad women, there are plenty of other sites I can tap into. There is a time and a place for everything.

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Scotsdale September 27, 2009 8:54 pm

Major sense of humour failure this weekend. Grumpy RD'ers.

Plus, did nobody notice the HUGE hits?? Awesome :)

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The Inside Shoulder September 27, 2009 11:47 pm

This is an absolute non-issue as far as im concerned.

You see more skin on a Axe advert.

Thankfully we live in a liberal democracy and this ridiculous prudish mollycoddling is ignored by the majority of people.

Keep up the good work RD, i for one dont just visit the site to watch rugby but to observe the culture and humour presented in the videos aswell.

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Anonymous September 28, 2009 2:04 am

I think some of you are taking the whole concept of a 'plays' package way to seriously.

Surprised Phil didn't whinge about the Dwarf getting tackled in Otago as well.

Wake up to yourself, it's all a bit of a laugh and not just meant to be about the rugby.

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Anonymous September 28, 2009 9:44 am

There was too much clothing on the Cheerleaders!

Those hits were awesome. The boks had a great season.

Mr De Villiers your shipment of acid is on it's way.

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Anonymous September 28, 2009 9:45 am

If these guys want to take over from Stuart Barnes on Sky, I'll buy their plane ticket over.

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Anonymous October 03, 2009 4:40 pm

i agree with phil to some extent and i know many will disagree with me but i believe the coment by the comentator at the end and the spanking were unnecessary. To all those who say, so what!, you don't seem to have any values.

opfazonk say, "what's wrong about wearing a bikini?", nothing of course at a beach, but in a stadium on show for pleasure, thats wrong. i would to see people, who say it is alright and find it humorous explain to their sons and daughter what they find so funny.

i feel this type of entertainment has no place in rugby, it's becoming more like american football and rugby league. more importance is given to this than emphasising the value of sport. However i do understand this type of entertainment needs to be used to boost profits for the clubs and to increase crowd numbers, but not to the extent where it becomes the main entertainment. i understand rugbydump can't do anything about this, but i would like to see rugby entertaiment be more entertaining for fans of all ages rather than as adult humour. rugby should return to it's core values and not follow the paths of rugby league or american football.

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Anonymous October 06, 2009 10:10 pm

what the hell was going on at the highlanders game with the the midget getting chased and the mascot tackeling people!?

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