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Monday, April 26, 2010

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 25

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 25

After some big hits in the past few days, we start the week with some tries as we catch up with Round 25 of action in the French Top 14. Here's the top ten tries, as chosen by canal+ television station.

It was a week back but good tries are good tries, and many of you seem to enjoy these compilations. While the tries on display this time around arent as good as previous weeks, theres still a few that are worth checking out.

One of the tries on show is quite an interesting one, in that theyve included an impressive maul that results in Johnny Leoo diving over against Biarritz. Certainly not what were used to seeing.

Theres also the two tries from that ferocious Toulon vs Perpignan clash, namely to Luke Rooney and Farid Sid, and at number one is a try scored by League convert Karmichael Hunt, who got on the end of a free flowing movement after a good run by Damien Traille.

Enjoy the tries, and if youre a Twitter user, be sure to follow @Rugbydump for the latest video updates, news, and behind the scenes commentary on the rugby world as we know it.

Posted at 12:50 pm | 31 comments

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FP April 26, 2010 1:15 pm

Flair stuff

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 1:38 pm

Traille injured for Munster. :((((

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Anarchangel April 26, 2010 2:36 pm

Love the ball handling in that last try, and the break in #3.

Thanks RD!

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theboss April 26, 2010 2:38 pm

No.9 should have been called blocking at least twice. Blatant truck and trailer.

Balshaw has been on fire in France. Pity he bottles it whenever he's in an England shirt, or maybe he doesn't have the players to set him loose.

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rugbylad April 26, 2010 3:02 pm

Can anyone tell me how Magnus Lund is getting on at Barritz? Went to school with him but hard to keep track of how he is getting on since he left Sale

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 3:18 pm

really nice tries! No9 is the best! Do you have round 24?

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Phil April 26, 2010 3:27 pm

Great commitment and perseverance in number nine.

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Geoff' April 26, 2010 4:12 pm

Andreeeeuuuuux!!! Well done man

Go Toulouse,Go. Beat Munster. We want a real game in the H Cup final. Not just 10 min of Munster not playing the ball.

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 4:30 pm

"Amazing Traille !" (easy)

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 4:56 pm

The stadium is going insane on try #5. Every time they manage to pass to an open player, the volumes jumps up a little. Must have been an awesome game to be at.

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Jordan April 26, 2010 5:50 pm

There is something magical about an effective rolling maul. My favorite try by far was #9, let the big fellas have a go.

It takes a lot more skill and rugby smarts to pull off a maul that effective than most think.

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Kearney for tests April 26, 2010 7:18 pm

Jordan the reason they did so well with the maul there was because it was completely illegal and the referee obviously doesn't know how to manage them. There were at least 2 unbelievably obvious cases of truck and trailer there that any fool of a referee would have spotted. I would have sacked that referee immediately after the match.

Aside from that though there was some good stuff here, although maybe not as entertaining as the usual Top 14 round-up.

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 7:32 pm

Yes, Toulon - Perpignan (No5) was definitly an awesome game to be at. Some friends of mine where there and they told me the game and the atmosphere were fantastic... 60,000 people in the Marseille's "Stade Vlodrome" !

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 7:36 pm

*were there
I've to practise my English :P

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 7:46 pm

What's the rule with the truck and trailer? Is that when you split a maul? What is the rule to judge that someone is in a maul or not?


Maybe RD should have a page with the rules in different leagues and so on, with a table for the main differences maybe?? I know that's a lot of work but maybe a wiki could work.

Anyway, good videos RD. Keep it up!!

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 7:48 pm

Well, ok. I just looked and there is a rule page!! Well done again RD.

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The Inside Shoulder April 26, 2010 8:19 pm

Every week im more and more impressed by the Top 14. This video and the recent USAP vs Tolouse post are absolutely outstanding. Fantastic skill level and ridiculously intense. Showcase rugby videos.

Pretty glad i put a 14/1 bet on France winning the WC next year.

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Wessel April 26, 2010 8:42 pm

Nice to see a maul try!

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Kearney for tests April 26, 2010 8:49 pm

Em, to the anonymous who claimed that it wasn't a truck and trailer. At about 1.00, for about 5seconds there was no Racing player in the maul, and the same for a second or two at 1.14. When that happens it is no longer a maul, and the forwards in front of the ball are considered to be obstructing the tacklers. Penalty to Racing Metro.

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Anonymous April 26, 2010 8:50 pm

tbh i am not a fan of the maul. to me it defeats the point of scoring trys with the backs. People will say oh its skillful but to me its just 8 men in front of the ball carrier obstructing from an offside position. Whats even more rediculous is that when its set up correctly its impossible to defend against because, firstly, you cant pull it down and, secondly, you cant go around to tackle the ball carrier? I think its fine to use it at a younger age group but when its done by huge professional men who are well drilled and organised it just annoys me.
I would much prefer open back play then fat boys sticking it up their shirt. Mini rant over.

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thedannyclayton April 26, 2010 10:20 pm

balshaw....clearly he has always had the talent.

should have been born french that man...or welsh ;)

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Dalma April 26, 2010 10:23 pm

"Whats even more rediculous is that when its set up correctly its impossible to defend against"

... Which means that professional players don't know how set it up properly, otherwise we'd only see try like this one.

Or maybe it's possible to defend against.

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Alexander April 26, 2010 10:33 pm

There has to be commitment from the defending team in the rolling maul. They stood off, which is their call and their fault!!! I've seen it happen in our league.

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miguel April 26, 2010 10:58 pm

"to me it defeats the point of scoring trys with the backs."

Your illiteracy aside, as a back myself, I think that's one of the dumbest things I've ever read; tries are meant to be scored by any of the 15 men on a team. Get over yourself.

As a non-forward, I did like the ELV they had that allowed for pulling down of the maul. I thought it prevented the penalty that comes up 50% of the time a maul occurs where the defense gets pinged for collapsing it. I thought it was nice because you could still maul, but it just had to be rolling to keep itself going. But, again, I'm not involved in most mauls, so I can't speak to the dangers of pulling them down.

That said, it was definitely a truck and trailer for the Racing try at #9.

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Zac April 26, 2010 11:50 pm

...as someone that plays second row, and is naturally almost always involved in every maul, the elv to pull down mauls was the stupidest rule ever made....

i mean, on the attacking team to end up twisted and bent and being sat on by some fat f*cker was bloody dangerous....i mean, thats my opinion, perhaps the fact no one was ruined in the testing games says it isnt dangerous (personally i'd beg to differ!)

as for defending and pulling down a maul, there is a technique to it to avoid getting pasted and messed up, a very very skillful technique......needless to say, i dont think i ever discovered it...i got beneath one group in a game and got trampled to hell (whilst successfully pulling it down), another game the oppo prop knew exactly what i was doing and 'fell' on me...,

i mean, yeh you can pull it down, and i was never injured, but its ridiculous....

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Tui April 27, 2010 2:14 am

Sonny Bill is looking good!

So much strength to brush those players off and then find space and set up his winger... Nice to watch.

And Hunt in that last try was good... Showed good pace, pitty he's heading to Aussie rules... What a waste!

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miguel April 27, 2010 4:19 am

Cheers for the input, Zac. Since you forwards are the ones doing the mauling, and since that ELV was reversed, I imagine it was abandoned for a good reason. Pulling it down may be effective and help out the defense, but I guess that it's a cynical tactic - for a back, it might be like allowing tripping to be legal in open field running...maybe people will get hurt, maybe not, but either way, it's a bit cheap to let it happen.

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paulo April 27, 2010 7:57 am

Love #9 .. it's great to see a rolling maul well set up and get results. I believe it's a classic part of rugby union that goes back to the most ancient styles of football and I'm glad it can still be effective. I don't agree that it's impossible to defend against because often these mauls don't succeed, proving that committed sides are able to stop it. I'm glad the ref didn't get too technical and call it truck'n'trailer just because it broke through a couple of times. The pack didn't break up and the defence was scrambling to get back around so the maul was still in progress. And the crowd obviously appreciated the gradual build to the climax as well. Good stuff.
Also liked the call on "Carmeekel Ahnt".

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Anonymous April 27, 2010 8:32 am

Biaritz need to work on their maul defence or they're going to have a long afternoon against Munster.

Really looking forward to Ngwenya vs. Earls (if he's fit)

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granite April 27, 2010 4:55 pm

To Kearney for tests:
quick study of the rule book says that if all defending players voluntarily leave a maul, but the attacking team is still formed, the maul continues. Law 17.4 (f).
I would be uncomfortable to say that all the defenders left the maul voluntarily, but your interpretation is not correct.

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Anonymous April 28, 2010 2:37 am

Funny to see so many players from the NRL involved in these tries.
Karmichael Hunt, Sonny Bill Williams, Luke Rooney, Craig Gower.

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