Sunday, October 24, 2010
While this weekends rugby hasnt quite come to an end yet, here is a short video from the Heineken Cup round 2 game where Munster thought theyd scored a sensational Johne Murphy try, but were denied by Toulons Felipe Contepomi.
The match got off to a great start as Toulon scored in the first minute of the game, a try that is included in the Best Tries from Round 2 video that was posted on Friday.
Munster came back though and in the 13th minute as Contepomi - arch nemesis from his Leinster days - attempted to put them in the lead with a penalty kick but missed, sparking a fantastic Munster counter attack from deep.
Doug Howlett showed that theres life in the old dogs legs yet as he streaked down field and gave Murphy the space to sprint for the corner. Somehow Contepomi got across though to make a telling tackle that pushed Murphys leg onto the line. Many replays later, it was judged that he was out, a decision that is still being debated.
In the end it didnt matter as Munster came out convincing 45-18 winners. Toulons Phillipe Saint-Andre played down the big win though, stating that the Top 14 is his teams priority right now.
"The Magners League is not as important to Munster as the Heineken Cup but next week we play Stade Francais in front of 80,000 people and then we are away to Toulouse and Perpignan so, at the moment, the Top 14 is more important for us."
Captain Joe Van Niekerk was a little more complimentary and less matter of fact.
"The experience of playing in the Heineken Cup for the first time against Munster was amazing... the scoreboard wasn't so amazing," said the eighthman.
"Physically, Munster were really up to the challenge and you can see that they are a well-drilled side, with a lot of experience. We were playing probably the best side in Europe, the level of intensity was a lot more than in France," he added.
Many of you had requested this clip so while it happened a week ago, I'm sure you still have your own opinion about whether or not this 'try' should have been awarded. Great play nevertheless.