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Friday, April 16, 2010

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 9

Super 14 Pick of the Week - Round 9

Its tight at the top of the Super 14 table as the Bulls reclaimed their place at number one but have a determined Crusaders side chasing them down. The Waratahs and Stormers aren't far behind either. Let's take a look at the best tries now though, with the Pick of the Week from round nine of the tournament.

There were plenty of tries scored in round nine, with a few high scoring matches meaning that gaps were opening up all over the place, mainly thanks to the Cheetahs and the Lions, whove both struggled this season with their defensive structures.

At the top of the table its the Bulls who arent looking their best while on the road, but still managed to beat the Cheifs with a nice try from Gerhard Van Den Heever thats included here. Check out the neat flick from Morne Steyn that gets him through the gap.

The Reds scored four tries in the opening 16 minutes against the Lions at Ellis Park, as they notched up a 41-26 win as Quade Cooper once again marshalled the troops and continued in his rich vain of form. The Lions didnt give up though, scoring a few tries themselves, including one for Michael Killian from a neat Carlos Spencer special.

The Stormers were really impressive as they brushed aside a Blues side that a week earlier had beaten the Bulls. Jaque Fourie scored a great try from a Gio Aplon breakout, and Joe Rokocoko also crossed after a great interchange with Isaia Toeava. Keep an eye out for Toeavas huge hand off on Stormers flanker Francois Louw.

The Brumbies dominated the Cheetahs in Canberra as they scored nine tries on their way to a 61-15 win. There were plenty of tries to choose from, but Rocky Elsom and Alfi Mafi get theirs included here as the Brumbies let loose with some great attacking rugby.

One of the best tries of the weekend though would have to be the one scored by Fetuu Vainikolo for the Highlanders against the Force. The hard running winger has had many tries ruled out this season by the TMO, and it seems like everytime he scores these days, its referred. This time he got it down though, despite being airborn and outside the field of play. Sensational.

Enjoy this weeks compilation, and be sure to check out the link on the sidebar that now allows you to easily view previous weeks tries. Or you can go there now if youd like.

Your favourite try this week?


Time: 05:55
Music: Planet Rock by Paul Oakenfold vs Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force

Posted at 8:00 am | 44 comments

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frustrated April 16, 2010 6:49 am

Man...the Lions really need to sort out their defense. They came right a few times and were able to score tries, but that doesn't meant they can let the other side rack up 40+ points like they aren't even trying.

Some great tries there, though. Thanks for the video, RD.

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FourtotheFive April 16, 2010 6:49 am

Wicked. The offloading in the tackle is awesome. That last try in mindblowing too. Thanks RD, keep it up!

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goodNumber10 April 16, 2010 7:17 am

What an amazing finish for the last try, it was like american football, just get the ball in the end zone stuff.

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Delkoo April 16, 2010 8:11 am

I enjoy jacques fourie's try and quade cooper's actions. It is amazing to see such empty stadiums (not seeable in Europe despite less spectacular games).

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triple integration April 16, 2010 8:21 am

See the one handed pass and one handed catch at 1:35? Niiiice.

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Benson April 16, 2010 9:44 am

Regarding the empty seats, it doesnt look good on tv, but I saw the same at Cardiff not long ago, and what about Murrayfield? Compare apples with apples - shit sides playing in matches that aren't extremely important. Ie: bottom of the table teams and performances.

The Lions play at Ellis Park - 59 000 capacity before world cup upgrade. 70 000 after that (not sure if it's done yet). If 20 000 are in there, its going to look empty on tv. Same goes for the Chiefs stadium, although that's only 25 000 but to fill it when the side is under performing isn't easy.

The match in Queenstown was a once off. I'm not sure the reason for it but take that one with a pinch of salt.

Dont forget also that the tv coverage in SA, NZ, and I think Aus too, is really good. Every single Super 14 match is shown live, with repeats and highlights channels, unlike the Guinness Prem etc in Europe/UK.

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Benson April 16, 2010 9:48 am

I got sidetracked there.. Great tries, thanks RD. :)

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Hackney Griffin April 16, 2010 10:00 am

outrageous control and awareness for that final touch down...

the defences seem to have tightened up a little from the opening weeks. With the notable exception of the Lions.

Quade looks like a terrific player. Which is irritating as Australia were desperate for a player to work alongside Giteau and get their backline purring... they seem to have a knack for the right players at the right time.

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sebastian April 16, 2010 10:45 am

nice highlights

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JoeyJoeJoe April 16, 2010 12:47 pm

cutting it a bit fine there RD. A bit more urgency with the Super 14 highlights, pretty please.


Some great stuff though! I'm not looking forward to the Oz backline at the world cup Hackney Griffin is right, they always seem to pull it together at the right/wrong time. UP THE BOK!

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 1:16 pm

Van Heever's try was just a great read on the play.
And they should've had a pen. from the restart for that nasty shoulder charge in the build up.
No arms used at all!!

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rosh April 16, 2010 1:25 pm

australia always find good players at the right time. genia, cooper, barnes, giteau and mortlock to name a few are only in good form

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Bowie April 16, 2010 1:41 pm

It's an absolutely pleasure to watch this but it's also a bit depressing. I'm from the UK and there seems to be a huge contrast between SH and NH regarding quality of attacking rugby. SH being so much better.

I know poor defense has a part to play too.

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Andymo April 16, 2010 2:07 pm

Cheetahs just don't seem to care. I saw no attempt at tackling.

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 2:26 pm

"Regarding the empty seats, it doesnt look good on tv, but I saw the same at Cardiff not long ago, and what about Murrayfield?"

Edinburgh seem to receive no support at all, even if they're 'doing well' in the Magners.

As a Blues fan i can tell you that the move to the new legobrick stadium has resulted in fewer attendances and no atmosphere. We didn't want to move in the first place. Also the performances put in by Cardiff have been extremely poor. Thank God we signed the brilliant ex-Super 14 'star in the making' Norton-Knightmare.

What an awful season for the Blues.. Loosing plenty of fans, good players, and easy games.

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Tom April 16, 2010 3:37 pm

Maybe I'm saying something stupid but I don't think the last try would be awarded if scored in France. Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to me that here, the corner post is not considered as part of the pitch. It would then be a lineout...Anyway, great skills to do what he has done!!!

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 6:08 pm

I don't understand it, these are professional rugby players; they get paid to play rugby. Why don't they learn to tackle?

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 6:39 pm

there are a couple things to note regarding the SH vs NH.

-SH weather/pitches make for better running rugby

-The defence doesnt seem as good in the SH

All said and done, i still think SH is still way ahead.

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 6:52 pm

Re: tackling - I suspect the different rules put defenders at a disadvantage. Attackers coming with more pace, harder lines etc. make it much easier to fend off or avoid entirely.

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parker April 16, 2010 7:13 pm

"Maybe I'm wrong but it seems to me that here, the corner post is not considered as part of the pitch."

That's the rule everywhere. That's why the try was awarded. It used to be that the post was considered touch, but now, it's not.

http://www.irblaws.com/downloads/EN/law_22_en.pdf

or

http://www.irblaws.com/downloads/FR/law_22_fr.pdf

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Re: tackling. Yeah, it's a different mode of play, but seriously, the Lions made some 60+ tackles, compared to 20+ missed! So, 1/4 of all tackle attempts were unsuccessful. You just can't win games like that, when other teams are only missing <10% of their tackles.

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 9:18 pm

I was hoping that the Crusaders wouldn't score that try near the end (haven't watched the clip, so don't know if a 1 try game will recieve highlights in SH) just to show you Southies that a great game of rugby doesn't need 6 or 7 tries, and also the fact that the Tahs put up a great defensive effort.

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 10:33 pm

great tap on by morne steyn to van den heever and also fouries try

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sacricketer April 16, 2010 10:56 pm

that tap down by steyn is the stuff of legends

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Ben April 16, 2010 11:12 pm

Never thought I would say that, but Toeava is looking pretty sharp on attack there. Some great running overall. Also, Quade Cooper is in amazing form (must have been quite a bit drining before ^^)

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Anonymous April 16, 2010 11:36 pm

can people stop complaining about the defense please. this is a try highlights video, not big hits and try saving tackles.of course the defense is going to be bad, its all about TRIES

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northernmonkey April 16, 2010 11:54 pm

only seeing Cooper play from RugbyDump highlights (which obviously make him look spectacular) how is his all-round game? From what I can see, there doesnt look like a more in-form player in the world? Any comments?

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Do the hustle April 16, 2010 11:56 pm

"can people stop complaining about the defense please. this is a try highlights video, not big hits and try saving tackles.of course the defense is going to be bad, its all about TRIES"

...cool your jets, kid. No one is going off the handle complaining about the defense. In fact, the people who have mentioned it being slightly insufficient have also, in the same statement, acknowledged the amazing attacking and running game that is the Super 14.

The general perception seems to be that S14 is, in general, slightly less concerned with defense than they are with offense. That's probably true. Not always the case, but there's still probably some substance to that thought.

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PeterB April 17, 2010 1:05 am

Do the hustle said...
The general perception seems to be that S14 is, in general, slightly less concerned with defense than they are with offense. That's probably true. Not always the case, but there's still probably some substance to that thought.

I think the point is not that the SH is "less concerned with defence" but that they have to deal with much more relentless and creative attacking rugby that will regularly stretch even the best defence. What these highlight videos don't show are the numerous full-on attacks that get stopped by well organised and tough defence, and there's plenty of it.

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Do the hustle April 17, 2010 2:09 am

"What these highlight videos don't show are the numerous full-on attacks that get stopped by well organised and tough defence, and there's plenty of it."

Yeah, I'd agree with that.

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Anonymous April 17, 2010 10:42 am

i really like Lions's defense!!

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luxi April 17, 2010 3:34 pm

good tries + great finish by vainikolo + HUGE fend off by toeava on bulls flanker = great video

thanks rugbydump

2questions : giteau was playin 12, so who was 10 for the brumbies ??
and secondly, blues-stormers : rokocoko gets chased down and tackle by stormers number 12, and i seem to hear the commentator say "habana", was he playin centre?? (i doubt it, but just checkin)

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Greiffel April 17, 2010 3:44 pm

Luxi, Matt Toomua played #10 for the Brumbies.

About the #12 tackling Rokocoko, it was actually Juan De Jongh. They also claimed that it was Jaque Fourie who Toeava handed off, but it was actually Francois Louw. Not one for the Tony Johnson highlight reel.

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Huh!! the 3rd April 17, 2010 6:58 pm

Haven't watched clip so I don't know if they've included the Crusaders- Tahs highlights. But, I was hoping that the Crusaders wouldn't score that try near the end just to show you 'SOUTHIES' a great game of rugby doesn't need 6 or 7 tries a game. Felt sorry as a neutral for the tahs though, didn't deserve to lose that 1.

And Cooper looks incredible this season. Barnes leaving heaped more responsibility on him but he's playing the best attacking rugby in the S14. Australia really are strong in the 10-12 slot.

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kevdetoulouse April 17, 2010 8:56 pm

nice...
But I agree on qualifying poor defense in a few tries.
Seems some teams don't know how to put pressure and stay in line on kicking balls

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Anonymous April 18, 2010 1:35 am

this quade cooper guy is he international standard??? anytime i watch super 14 highlight hes either scoring trys or setting them up dont know wat his kicking is like??

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Anonymous April 18, 2010 3:11 am

well, he's a terrible burglar, for what it's worth.

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Anonymous April 18, 2010 10:12 am

THIRTY-SEVENTH!

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Anonymous April 19, 2010 1:54 am

Can't tackle? These are the same players that NH teams can't score against.
When an All Black misses a tackle, it's probably because the guy he was trying to tackle was damn good.
Funny how All Blacks find it alot easier to tackle NH players.
Maybe if NH players knew how to offload or beat a tackle they might win more games against SH teams.

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Anonymous April 19, 2010 1:57 am

Hahaha, for the guy hacking on the
Cheetahs, and how they concede points all the time in S14, this the same team that almost beat the B&I Lions!
They went better against the best of the NH then they do against anyone in S14.
Because NH players are shithouse.

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Tommo April 19, 2010 2:00 am

Quade Cooper is already an International.
He will almost certainly mdisplace Matt Gitaeu for Australia's no 10 shirt this year and probably for the World Cup and Gitaeu will go back to inside centre.
Personally I think that position suits Gitaeu more anyway, because he has such a dangerous running game and inside centre gives him more space to work.
Either way Australia is looking good for the WC.
World Class front trow and back row, awesome backline with plenty of depth. Our only problem is our second row is not the best atm, but it's still decent with Nathan Sharpe playing well and Mumm really stepping up this year.

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Jono April 19, 2010 2:07 am

Tom from France, it is not out when you hit the corner flag anymore.
That rule has changed, a while ago.
As long as you don't touch the ground outside the lines you are still in, the corner flag doesn't matter.
In fact, they should probably get rid of it altogether.
This is true everywhere in the world of rugby.
Contrary to the ridiculous propoganda the papers in the NH come out with, the game is played under the same rules all around the world.
It just looks different down soputh because we play with more ambition, skill and ability.
It has always been this way.

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marks April 19, 2010 3:21 am

^You feel better now, after posting four times in a row?

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Jamie April 19, 2010 3:35 am

The ball from Steyn to Van Der Heever was forward.

Toeava's fend was mean, he has become such a good fullback.

AB no. 15 for sure with Mills injured.

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Tui April 19, 2010 3:48 am

Spencer's behind the back pass was sweet.. He's still got it!
Pitty the rest of the team aren't up for it... I hope the Lions get 1 win this season.

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