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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Nick Abendanon wins Guinness Premiership Try of the Season award

Nick Abendanon wins Guinness Premiership Try of the Season award

The annual Guinness Premiership Awards evening took place in London earlier in the week, with Bath and Nick Abendanon scooping the Try of the Season award for this effort against Leeds a few weeks back.

Bath teammate Olly Barkley picked up the Community Player of the Season award, while in form Northampton Saints wing (no, not Soane Tonga'uiha) Chris Ashton was named Player of the Season.

Proming young Leicester scrumhalf Ben Youngs was given the Discovery of the Season award, with Saracens Andy Saull coming second. Andy Key was named as Director of Rugby of the Season for his part in helping Leeds Carnegie up. Jim Mallinder was a narrow second on that one.

You might have seen this try already, perhaps as part of the highlights packages, but it was requested to be shown again and is up for discussion if you think its your try of the season, or maybe there were others that were more worthy.

It was a great effort though, with it starting way back and going through the hands of both backs and forwards before Abendanon dazzled with some great running and a stunning dummy on his way to the tryline.

There's been a few unsavoury incidents featured this week, so it's time for the good stuff as we start with this great try, then up next is the Super 14 Pick of the Week. Enjoy.

Posted at 9:53 pm | 30 comments

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NinjaBoy May 20, 2010 8:36 pm

Sexy. Very sexy rugby.

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The Inside Shoulder May 20, 2010 8:56 pm

Big Bad Matt Banahan showing up in mid field.

Absolutely love bath when they're playing like this. Still absolutely gutted they lost to Leicester.

@ RD - Nick Abendanon finished off an almost identical try (dummy switch score in the corner) against Wasps at Twickenham a few weeks ago. Any chance of getting a comparison betwen the two.

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Les Bleus May 20, 2010 8:58 pm

I don't watch a lot of GP, but if this is the best this season, then no thanks. Wasn't that brilliant. Good team try, but it makes me wonder what sort of calibre the other tries are if this is the cream of the crop.

Who was the prop with the headgear? That was a pretty good run. Olly Barkley aswell, nice to see him doing well.

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Les Bleus May 20, 2010 8:59 pm

I prefered Soane Tonga'uiha's try against Saracens in the semi, I thought that was amazing.

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Alain May 20, 2010 9:14 pm

wow awesome try. Is Abendanon in the england squad? @Les Bleus... the guy with the head gear is peter dixon the replacement hooker. he from sa. use to play for the stormers back in the day.

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andy May 20, 2010 9:37 pm

Brilliant try!

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mio May 20, 2010 10:44 pm

Great rugby. Great try.

Does the Magners League have a similar award? If so, I'd hope Michael Swift would get it for his try for Connacht against Leinster.

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charlie May 20, 2010 11:31 pm

Lovely interchange passing for an excellent try ... the blondie was the real instigator early on with some excellent backing up, but I held my breath when the stubby in the headgear took it, but he ran the little gap nicely and unloaded at the right time.

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Max May 20, 2010 11:54 pm

Les Bleus, I know you're from the SH- so are heaps of us, can't you just appreciate a great try for what it is (especially that link play from the fatty in the middle). I'm sure everyone is aware of some of the great team tries scored by the likes of the stormers this year, doesn't mean you have to be a d*** about the GP though...

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Jeroz May 21, 2010 12:28 am

great passing and teamwork.
The only reasons that i can think of that made it feel a bit average is the generally slower speed and also that it started at the halfway line(instead of a great 80m counter attack).
Thought I'd seen better ones in the previous highlights

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Gman May 21, 2010 12:39 am

Ahhh. Another week of French Rugby... I love Top 14.

Oh sorry, that was the try of the year for GP...

No, really, I'm just kidding. It was a good try.

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 12:41 am

sorry nothing will top martin castrogiavannis intercept and sprint finish from leicester v london irish in april

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SH2 May 21, 2010 1:54 am

Max said... Les Bleus, I know you're from the SH- so are heaps of us, can't you just appreciate a great try for what it is (especially that link play from the fatty in the middle). I'm sure everyone is aware of some of the great team tries scored by the likes of the stormers this year, doesn't mean you have to be a d*** about the GP though...

Well said Max, but as Les Bleus has told us before, he only likes a try when it's one long run, no passing, no breakdown, no team play, no kicks, no use of the width of the field in fact not much real rugby at all is the way Les Bleus likes it.

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 5:57 am

did you see the 6 on the floor who got his arse handed to him as the last man in defence hang your head in shame he was devastated to have missed that tackle

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 7:05 am

Defense was terrible, defenders falling off tackles and wandering out of position. The defensive standard is much higher in the S14. Just watch the Stormers.

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hasif May 21, 2010 7:26 am

people say the defense was terrible. yes it was terrible. bath against leeds. it's like watching the reds against lions. don't compare stormers to this leeds side. come on.

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Scotsdale May 21, 2010 7:32 am

Great try, but double standards once again. If we could all just enjoy all tries and quit moaning about defense (ie: the usual comments about the super 14), I think everyone would be happy and could enjoy the rugby on here. :)

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Disco May 21, 2010 8:20 am

Good try although I wouldn't say great and odd that it made it to best try of the season IMO; I thought Northampton scored some pretty special tries this season, one quite similar to the one finished off by Habana a couple of weeks ago and Goode's try against Northampton last week was excellent. This try is nice but ultimately, what is it? A relatively flat back line running diagonally across the field, simple hands, a prop with good ball skills and Abendanon using a common touch rugby ploy to get past what was effectively touch rugby defense.

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 8:26 am

Well I thought it was superb, but then I haven't got a chip on my shoulder and appreciate all rugby. If it's good. I'm sure there must have been better one's from the premiership this year though?

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Flooz May 21, 2010 8:58 am

a good try from abendanon
it recall me a try by simpson daniel vs new zealand

as guinness premiership is sometimes boring, Bath seem to produce quality game

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Gavin May 21, 2010 10:49 am

Flooz the try by simpson daniel you are thinking of was for england agains the barbarians i think. Simpson daniel use a great dummy switch to hold percy montgomery and then skinned (an albeit oldish) jonah on the outside. And beat the cover of, i think, christian cullen to get in in the corner. It was a fantastic try and much better than this one (though this one is pretty good)

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j May 21, 2010 10:52 am

so all the posters on here who rave about poor defence in super rugby have this as the best of their rugby? what a joke, sunday arvo rugby at best in sanzer

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Le Brack May 21, 2010 12:38 pm

OK so this might not be as good as some of the tries from the top14/super14 but you have to remember that this is the Guinness premiership and in this league the opposition do at least try and tackle you....

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 2:37 pm

Last trick reminds me Poitrenaud, on a quite similar try from Toulouse. Great play before contact, like that.

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rodofle May 21, 2010 3:00 pm

very fine try but Abendanon played with fire, he should have been thrown into touch, well done though he made a beautiful handoff

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Elvis May 21, 2010 3:26 pm

Nice try. Surely there must be better one's. I have to say the defence wasn't great there. I do like the premiership and don't subscribe to this nonsense some of the guys are writing a few posts above, I think they're probably just kids.

But for a league where the defence is generally pretty solid, that try could have been stopped. Perhaps the prop throwing a dummy threw everyone off balance. I'm sure I have seen better one's on here in the highlights reel.

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 4:15 pm

i dont think that the try of the season can go to a team that is completely dominating and winning by 30 points against a not so great leeds side. This is because, even though it looks skillful and pretty, the defence is non-existent making it easy. IMO.

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Skyrats May 21, 2010 5:28 pm

The defence from Leeds wasn't great. This was a dead rubber for them, having already secured their GP survival in the previous match. Probably a bad choice as try of the season for that reason alone. But it is also 27 - 3 at this point, an away game for Leeds with nothing to play for. What a strange choice.

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Anonymous May 21, 2010 5:30 pm

This was a dead rubber for Leeds, having already secured their GP survival in the previous match. Already 27 - 3 down in an away match and nothing to play for. Probably a bad choice as try of the season for those reasons alone.

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