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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 20

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 20

Something must have been in the water in France the weekend Round 20 of the Top 14 took place, because the tries that were scored were some of the best scored all season. Here's the top 10, in order as chosen by the broadcaster.

We haven't covered a whole lot of Top 14 rugby lately unfortunately, but these little try recaps will hopefully quench the thirst and keep you up to speed with the best tries from the great league. For the French fans out there, if you see something that you think should be shown on RD, please let us know.

There's a few standout tries in this video with some great pieces of skill. Julien Arias scored a flopover try for Stade Francais after Noel Oelschig's neat little backflip that caught everyone off guard. Arias scored twice against Bourgoin, with his second from great teamwork off the ball.

For Racing Metro Henry Chavancy finished off a nice team effort, while Francois Steyn showed his deceptive pace by breaking the line in midfield then sprinting in to score a great try. Another Springbok centre also scored in the tournament that is packed with foreigners. Marius Joubert got on the end of a perfectly placed Brock James kick ahead to score a nice try against Albi.

Bayonne had the pick of the tries collectively, as they scored three classics against Montpellier. First it was Rob Linde, set up by Sam Gerber, then Gerber himself ran in a try, before France winger Benjamin Fall produced a great chip and chase. Enjoy the brilliant compilation of tries.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 10:34 am | View Comments (33)

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Fraser March 09, 2010 11:36 am

Wow, great tries! Thanks

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Flooz March 09, 2010 11:52 am

10 to 5 are classic tries
5 to 1 are excellent

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 11:53 am

There is an exemple of differents styles of play, with many variations. Exciting.

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3/4 centre March 09, 2010 12:02 pm

flooz, for me it's 10 to 7 = classic ; 6 to 1 = great. Particularly n6, love it. (and n5, cause it's clermont...)

friday : bayonne/clermont. some great game should be played here I think, even with international lacks.

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Ni March 09, 2010 12:11 pm

the ethos of running rugby, offloads out of the tackle and creativity from the 10s in French rugby is so refreshing!

You can see why more and more English players fancy making the move. When UK based players like Hugo Southwell play in France they seem liberated compared with their performances for their national team.

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Phil March 09, 2010 12:40 pm

The no look pass in number 9 was sublime.

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 12:57 pm

Fantastic: finaly top 14! Always great!

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 1:40 pm

Positive rugby... why aren't the English leagues listening!!

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Robert March 09, 2010 2:06 pm

Steyn looks lighter, quicker.

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Jeroz March 09, 2010 2:16 pm

no.6 and no.2 seem to have forward passes in the lead up of the try though.
none the less, the rest are all great, loving that flick pass in no.9

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 2:22 pm

Top 14 rulez

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dezzy March 09, 2010 2:41 pm

best championship! Top 14 is amazing!

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brock March 09, 2010 2:47 pm

great tries and great compettion!

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tom March 09, 2010 2:48 pm

N6 is excellent! Sam Gerber looks pretty good. Great try

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 3:31 pm

The one commentator sure likes the word "magnifique". Some great tries there, especially the team tries.

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 4:26 pm

i dont know if its just the jersey but frans steyn looks massive. was he always that big back when he was playing with the boks?

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 5:32 pm

No 2 - a masterclass in offloading in the tackle!

Frans Steyn needs to come back and claim the Bok 15 shirt!

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3/4 centre March 09, 2010 5:33 pm

Anon above,
Steyn is very massive for a back : 1,91m/102 kg... He is a great satisfaction for racing metro, he plays good every week and his determination shows that he is not here only for money. I hope he enjoys his life in Paris.

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Greiffel March 09, 2010 5:37 pm

I actually thought Steyn looked huge when making that run. Not sure about lighter Robert, but is still deceptively quick. Very well balanced too after that step. Great try.

All of them are awesome though. Fantastic compilation this time around imo.

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 6:32 pm

Great video as usual, any chance we will be seeing a simil ar'Best tries' for any of the British cups?

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Anonymous March 09, 2010 7:18 pm

Could make one from the edinburgh-ospreys game on sunday, 5 brilliant tries from edinburgh

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Alain March 09, 2010 8:34 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcx5QoFM4-Y tribute to frans steyn. sa wont win the world cup again without him..thanks RD

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Maximus March 09, 2010 8:34 pm

Great tries. Gerber's pass for #6 is brilliant!

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gman March 10, 2010 5:13 am

Ahhh. Top 14! Thank you! Merci!

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Gman March 10, 2010 5:15 am

Is Steyn the fastest second row in rugby?

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Benson March 10, 2010 5:52 am

^ second row? Steyn is an inside centre.. number 12

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John F March 10, 2010 5:54 pm

Steyn is built like a truck now.

Can't remember him being that big when he scored those two late drop goals against Australia a few years back.

Some fun tries there and entertaining commentary as usual. Yes, they do absolutely love the word "magnifique", it is the word of choice to describe French running rugby and the offloading game that contribute to so many of these tries.

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bD March 10, 2010 7:05 pm


"after Noel Oelschig's neat little backflip that"

friggin sweet backflip alright ;)

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Gman March 10, 2010 11:45 pm

The monent I posted this comment I realised that most people don't understand irony or sarcasm.

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Anonymous March 11, 2010 2:06 am

not over the internets Gman.

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Pedro Fleury da Roch March 12, 2010 4:49 pm

I don't think it's just a matter of playing ethoes. The French players seem to have better technique. And they run better support lines.

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Anonymous March 13, 2010 9:22 pm

I like the first try from Bayaonne, it's all 'cross' runs and passes. It reminds of old rugby matches.

Steyn is a montser too :)

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Benson March 15, 2010 7:49 pm

Gman, I think if you'd said eighthman or flank, perhaps it would have been slightly humourous.. or whatever you were going after. Steyn is big and tall, but only about 6ft3.

Saying second row just made you sound like a noob, sorry pal. :P

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