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Sunday, March 07, 2010

IRPA Try of the Year 2009 awarded to Jaque Fourie

IRPA Try of the Year 2009 awarded to Jaque Fourie

After a public vote via the IRB website, Jaque Fourie's try in the second Test against the British & Irish Lions has been announced as the International Rugby Player's Association Try of the Year for 2009.

A shortlist of 15 tries were nominated for the honour, as featured here on Rugbydump and included great scores by Jamie Heaslip's for Ireland, Ma'a Nonu for the All Blacks, and fan favourite Cedric Heyman's superb solo effort for France against New Zealand.

Fourie came up number one though, with his late try being vital towards the Springboks' dramatic series win over the British & Irish Lions. As well as it showing composure, great hands in the lead up, and a powerful finish, the significance of the moment perhaps makes it a worthy winner.

The South African centre, who now plays with the Stormers in the Super 14, was presented his award after their match against the Highlanders in Cape Town on Saturday. He said the award is great recognition of the team ethic within the Springbok squad.

"It is fantastic to win this award and I am honoured to receive it. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote online," said Fourie.

"This try demonstrates the value of team work and working for each other to achieve something very special, and made it such a privilege to be part of the Springboks team and the Lions Series last summer," he added.

Just under 8000 votes were cast so if your favourite didn't win and you didn't vote, make sure that later in the year you make your voice heard by getting involved. You can watch all the nominated tries again by following the related posts link below the video.

:: Related Posts ::
IRPA Try of the Year - The 15 Contenders
Last minute penalty wins epic contest, and series, for the Springboks at Loftus
Highlights of all British & Irish Lions Series matches

Time: 03:27

Posted at 11:53 pm | 55 comments

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Benson March 07, 2010 11:29 pm

I wondered about this. Thanks for the follow up. Great try by a quality player.

Oh dear Oh Gara.

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jamestheconvict March 08, 2010 12:11 am

whas it Ogara he steamrolled ?

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 12:12 am

Not even a try! Clearly in touch.

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bokke_2007 March 08, 2010 12:17 am

Probably not the best looking try of the lot, but bloody awesome under pressure of a 2nd Lions test. Wonderful to see O'Gara being sat on his bog-trotting arse again. bye bye Ronan, thanks for coming!

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RedYeti March 08, 2010 1:04 am

The only explanation I can think of is that Spies concussed O'Gara when he trampled him there. Explains him giving away the stupid penalty in the last seconds too...

oh wait, I forgot that O'Gara can't tackle...

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 1:06 am

This is a great try for sure - but better than Cedric Heymans' try against the All Blacks? NO CHANCE.

It's just the significance of Faurie's try that pushed it to the number 1 spot, otherwise, Cedric Heymans effort was sublime.

I'd take Faurie's try any day though thanks to that run-through on O'Gara.. haha!!

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Juggernauter March 08, 2010 2:09 am

Cedric Heyman's was by far the best, individual brilliance just scratching the try line (and against the All Blacks)
Ronan O'Gara is going down now, specially after the appearence of Jonathan Sexton, who actually can tackle. No more fly half channel attack against Ireland!

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No.7 March 08, 2010 2:32 am

Yeh gotta agree with most of the comments...

personally seeing as this award was given to an actual individual (fourie) id prefer to see a one man army type of try.....

This was very well powered by fourie but it was more of a team effort....

that being said, take nothing away from fourie, he had safe enough hands to ground it and keep hold of it etc....so good on him...

For example the best team effort running, offloading, switching etc,(not including a winger say) then a little chip and the winger puts downward pressure on the ball....it could be the best worked try but the winger wouldnt really be the one that could claim the fame.....

(the above paragraph is more of a reference to future events say)...

Definately significance which won this one, and put it passed Heymans.

Congrats to Fourie!

and pooor pooor ROG....one to forget....

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No.7 March 08, 2010 2:34 am

......nevermind, i forgot about the exactness of this try, it was more of a fourie effort than anyone else.....he did power through a fair few people....

.....sorry....

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 4:33 am

Good to see the right try won.

Its impressive not because he ran through 3 players right next to the touchline, but because the Lions players would do anything to stop him and were throwing their hearts and souls into trying to win that test, but they couldn't. The power of the man got him over the line, wonderful, simply breath taking to watch.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 5:20 am

YES YES, I knew this would win!! The might of Africa crashing through the best Northern Hemisphere defenders. It must have taken so much skill to stay away from the sideline. I don't think anyone else on the planet would have been able to do that. Fourie is a machine, best centre in the world. Man, I am so happy. JUSTICE!!!

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Oli March 08, 2010 6:27 am

Great try no doubt. The explanation for its victory you will find at 2:02

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 6:31 am

i agree Oli,2:02,wow so beautiful ...

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jjj March 08, 2010 8:09 am

that try was absolute bulshit, apparently the 3rd official repeatedly asked to see the reverse angle, but the south african broadcast manager withheld it, the angle showing fouries leg in touch

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Flanker March 08, 2010 8:14 am

Personally,I think he touched the line clearly; with his right leg.

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Shaft March 08, 2010 8:58 am

Absolute bollocks jjj. Where'd you come up with that one?? They showed about four angles of it, including from behind, and the foot in touch was Brussouws. If you cant see that, well then you must be Stuart Barnes.

Great try. Pure power. I loved a few of the others that were nominated though too.

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Shaft March 08, 2010 8:59 am

@ Oli.. totally agree. Very nice indeed.

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Thrilled and bored March 08, 2010 9:04 am

Horrible tackling by O'Gara - if you can't front up and make a tackle in the dying minutes of a Lions test to defend a lead, you don't deserve to wear the shirt.

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dezzy March 08, 2010 10:43 am

cedric heymans was by far the best!!

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Lions March 08, 2010 11:50 am

Aarrgghh you can see mike philips not make the tackle because he assumes O'Gara will, if it had been anyone else there he'd never have scored there were three lions corner flagging but because bloody ROG was in the way he got through, and philips would have nailed him. ROG cost us the series.

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Phil March 08, 2010 12:31 pm

Cedric, you are the people's champion! Probably most of the people who voted for the Fourie try were South African, whereas I'd imagine most neutrals would choose the Heymans one.
Any neutrals disagree?

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themull March 08, 2010 12:58 pm

Heymans try agaisnt the all blacks is one of the greatest triesever scored let alone this year so how FOurie's got more vites I'll never know...Sure the moment it was scored and the fact that it resulted in the series win was important but the best try means skill wise and nothing beats Heymans in that list...

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 2:56 pm

wow crap ogara lost the lions the series...

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Jack March 08, 2010 3:00 pm

O'Gara lost us the series, shocking tackling, seriously who would tackle spies with their head?

Heymans was defo the best individual try though

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JPM March 08, 2010 3:03 pm

Much as it pains to me to say, that was a good team try.

Would it have been scored if BOD and Roberts had been on the pitch?

I doubt it.

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jpm March 08, 2010 3:08 pm

"The might of Africa crashing through the best Northern Hemisphere defenders."

ROG a good defender? LOL.

Also, Tommy Bowe could have done alot better.

Of course St. Ian McGeechan never gets criticized but his subs bench was awful. Phillips should have gone into the center and a new scrum half should have come on.

Anyone who saw ROG coming on to the field with 7 minutes to go must have had the same sinking feeling I did...unless u are a Saffa.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 3:13 pm

Its impressive not because he ran through 3 players right next to the touchline, but because the Lions players would do anything to stop him and were throwing their hearts and souls into trying to win that test, but they couldn't. The power of the man got him over the line, wonderful, simply breath taking to watch.

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LOL, wtf are you talking about? The last 2 attempted tackles were soft as fuck.

My gran could have ran through the last 2 attempted tackles.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 3:18 pm

shit D and nh supporters go on about super 14 D!!

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jpm March 08, 2010 3:37 pm

What Phillips needed to do was go high and boucne Fourie into touch...like Lewsey did to PDV a few years ago.

Ironically in the third test Fourie made a break throught the center and Phillips absolutely crushed him with a thumping tackle around the chest.

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geordie March 08, 2010 5:05 pm

what a load of bullsh*t yes it was a good try not the best try of the whole year what an absolute joke?

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MCB March 08, 2010 5:18 pm

@ thrilled and bored. If u watched d clip u'll c o'gara tackling Spies on d 22. Got a concussion for it too. So he did put his body on d line in d last few mins so u can shut up!

In a subsequent interview ROG said he cudnt really make out Fourie when tryin 2 tackle him cuz of concussion. Either way he is a poor defender but his commitment was 100%. Series was also lost in 1st test when Vickey gave away 12points in d scrums nd Monye cudnt finish. But its convenient 2 forget that nd jump on the 'Fuck O'Gara' bandwagon.

ROG is a player most love to hate. Think if it had been someone else not as many people wud readily point d finger at them for losing d series

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Maxime March 08, 2010 5:22 pm

Honestly i don't understand it ... i consider that it was far of the most beautifull ...

I though it would be Harinordoquy, Barnes or Muliaina but please not this one, just power, ugly !

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Tom March 08, 2010 5:25 pm

^^^Agreed

To blame ROG is petty, two other tacklers couldnt stop him either, plus ROG was concussed. Great power for the try.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 5:29 pm

Fourie is the most conceitied player I never know. He is a very good player but absolutely not the best centre in the world, and he speak too much about himself. If he become less egocentric, maybe he will be more considered as one of the best back in the world.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 6:03 pm

theres a reason people call o'gara speed bump and this try perfectly illustrates this...he doesnt stop you just slows you down a bit

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gar March 08, 2010 7:18 pm

ROG is a turnstyle alright... but he was out on his feet for that one. Reckon slowing him down was as good as we could have hoped for. Think Tommy Bowe (despite being a legend) has a lot to answer for. He should have nailed him.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 8:33 pm

BRILLIANT TRY, the way he positions his body when placing the ball (he's almost on his side, to prevent going into touch) and the power and strength he shows is like nothing I have ever seen before and then to say that it won the series for SA shows why it has to be NO1, Well done Fourie!

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 8:36 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong but this award doesn't say the best individual try of the year - it just states the best try of the year and that's why I'm glad this try got the award - because it meant so much to the saffa's at the time, because they were behind for most of the match and then on comes fourie and - ping - try time...series win etc etc ...

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 8:38 pm

OGARA IS A JOKE, FIRST THIS THEN THE PENALTY - OGARA FANS - he lost it for us, fair and square....

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Benson March 08, 2010 10:26 pm

^ Ignorant fool.

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Anonymous March 08, 2010 11:35 pm

O'gara lost you the Lions series? I don't think so. If South Africa fielded a proper team in the 3rd test they would have fucked you there too.

2-1, LOL!

Jaque Fourie would have run through anyone, the man is a bull. Just look at all these comments trying to deny Jaque the try of the year. It came down to voting, public opinion said Jaque Fourie is # 1, suuuuck it.

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Tom March 09, 2010 12:19 am

I preferred Hayman's try, but this was good too.

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Brick Shithouse March 09, 2010 12:46 am

Heymans' try didnt carry as much significance, simple as.

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 8:56 am

Fix. Average at best.

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3/4 centre March 09, 2010 9:04 am

brick shithouse,

Heymans try has made the french won the test serie against nz by one point. it's only the second time in rugby history that we won a test serie in nz...

Significance depends of the people as you can see. I absolutely don't care about Fourie try. simple as.

But honestly, who care about this reward?

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David March 09, 2010 10:11 am

agree, Heymans try all the way. it was a great try don't get me wrong. but you can't blame us british and irish lions fans from being a little sore. ROG's suspect defense fails us yet again :(

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Third Centre March 09, 2010 11:20 am

ah poor old Rog. He's getting it from all sides! His defence has always been a bit suspect but I think you're doing a disservice to SA there. It was a good team try and Fourie showed great strength and determination.

For me Haymans of Heslip's were better. But I can easily see why Fourie's was picked. Can't wait till next years !

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 5:49 pm

One thing that people don't realize about this try was that Jaque Fourie had been eye gouged by Fitz Gerald a few phases before and he couldn't see out of his one eye that's why they shifted him to the wing. Yet in pain and with one eye he still shrugged off all those players.

And the people who are saying it wasn't a try are idiots. That try has been reviewed countless times. The leg in tough was Brussow's...

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MCB March 09, 2010 7:08 pm

@ Anonymous above:

Fitzgerlad never gouged Fourie. That has never been mentioned and is a big statement to make without substantial proof or evidence. No citing was brought against Fitzgerlad and this is the first i've heard bout it Sounds like complete rubbish. Fitzgerlad is a clean player and himself was gouged in the match by Burger. Seriously unlikely that he did that back to anyone at any stage

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 11:48 pm

.........'One thing that people don't realize about this try was that Jaque Fourie had been eye gouged by Fitz Gerald a few phases before and he couldn't see out of his one eye that's why they shifted him to the wing. Yet in pain and with one eye he still shrugged off all those players.'

Where's the proof?

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Anonymous March 10, 2010 12:47 am

cracking try but oh dear ronan o gara the turnstile.

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Anonymous March 10, 2010 3:34 am

rog sat down like a child

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Third Centre March 10, 2010 11:00 am

It's brussow's leg from behind....but from in front?????? I'd say Fourie was just out but sure it was milimetres.

And he was not gouged by Fitzgerald.
Anon above is clearly a certain mr. Burger who has yet to get over his guilt

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Anonymous March 10, 2010 2:22 pm

Please feel free to tell me if you think i'm being a little bit over the top but shouldn't O'Gara be taken out the back and shot for that?

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