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Friday, November 26, 2010

Brian O'Driscoll brilliance against New Zealand

Brian O'Driscoll's brilliance against New Zealand

While the beauty of rugby is its many different facets, moments of sublime skill are perhaps right up there with why we have such an undying love for the game. Theres certain moments that will live on and be talked about for many a year to come. Brian ODriscolls try against New Zealand is one of those such moments.

Although its been included in the match highlights from the game, I doubt many of you would complain about having access to watching it again on its own and be able to find it easily when telling your mates about it or sharing with those who missed it.

The way that ODriscoll scooped up the ball with consummate ease said everything about the man and his high quality career. At times, especially in recent years, his powers have been questioned but in that moment, in that split second, there couldnt have been a true rugby fan anywhere in the world who didnt say Wow, or possibly some other choice word.

It was his 41st try for his country, and some will say it might have been his best. Of course in rugby you have to try things and sometimes they dont come off, but there arent too many other players around who would have the audacity and self belief to do that at such high speed, against the All Blacks. Instinct and natural ability take over.

This weekend BOD is set to win his 107th Test cap for Ireland and lead them for the 70th time. They play Argentina, a side who in recent times have caused them somewhat of a headache at times.

This clip features the try, but also includes another neat bit of skill from him during the game.

Time: 02:02

Posted at 3:02 pm | 94 comments

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Conor November 26, 2010 3:33 pm

Player of the decade

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 3:34 pm

richie mccaw is the biggest cheater in the world, so god damn annoying, if only they hadn't banned stamping.

the whole of the NZ backrow just lay on the wrong side every single ruck.

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james November 26, 2010 3:46 pm

Without doubt the greatest Irish rugby player of all time, in my opinion the greatest second centre the game has ever seen as well, to still be able to pull off bits of magic after having his body be pummulled for over 100 tests of international rugby shows the longevity of the man. A true rugby superstar who at his peak would have walked onto any team of all time. We will miss him when he's gone.

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 3:52 pm

Brian O'driscoll is an awesome player, but i honestly don't think that moment was very amazing or that it will be a moment talked about in years to come..

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 4:03 pm

A great great rugby player who steps it up on every big occasion and who has become a great leader.

A great ambassador for Ireland - unlike the politicial tossers who have just sent the country down the pan!

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dutchrugbyplayer November 26, 2010 4:05 pm

He might be over the peak performancewise (is that a word??) but just look at what he still has to offer. Great skill and a joy to watch. Let's hope he has a few more tests to go

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(u-p)rick November 26, 2010 4:07 pm

it might not be talked about in years to come but it will probably go down in the BOD history book of 'brilliance' that no doubt men and women will talk about when they tell their children about the great players of the past...

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TB November 26, 2010 4:08 pm

Best Irish rugby player of all time? Hmmm maybe. Mike Gibson had a fantastic career and Keith Wood was the most dynamic hooker of all time.

BOD is classy all the way.

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jm November 26, 2010 4:14 pm

The thing about BOD is that apart from being a great attacking player, his defense has been equally good if not better. There are no many players are are great at BOTH facets of play.
Sure, he's not as quick as he used to be....but he can still cut the mustard at international level.

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NiWiTa November 26, 2010 4:15 pm

nicely done BOD - as an England fan I struggle to think of a centre we produced in union that could even come close to O'Driscoll...

Is it me or (excepting the French), are all the NH teams undergoing a massive period of transition? Without meaning to sound smug, England seem to be the only team improving a bit (although to be fair it is not hard from where we were!)

Anyhow glad these autumn tests haven't all been one-sided and the timing of BOD's one-handed pick-ups in both clips is awesome.

Nice one RD

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NiWiTa November 26, 2010 4:18 pm

...to the anon poster above claiming McGaw is a cheat, he is able to get away with this play and manages to play right to the edge of legality.

Most of us would call that skill and intelligence including me! However I wish we were able to bring back shoe-ing people....you never played the grey area when that existed! Many a time i've had the shirt rucked right off my back!

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 4:20 pm

does anyone know if the england legends and bok legends match will be televised? if so any idea where?

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 4:34 pm

This try reminds me of the third he scored against France in the 2000 6N. he was doing the business then and he's still doing it now. Can't say that about many other players. a class act. check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ5aqy4bHAQ&feature=related

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Huh!! the 3rd November 26, 2010 4:48 pm

The try v Aus in '03 WC was my personal fav. His body position to avoid the corner flag (when it was out of play) and two defenders to touch down was sensational, and also his 2nd try from the France 1/4 the same WC, when he ran onto Humphries' grubber and managed to ground the ball at top speed and rolling.

BUT.... That was SEVEN years ago.

My current problem is however, these moments (which don't happen very often) are masking the fact that he's not up to it anymore. He's anonymous in most games and isn't troubling defenders. He should be dropped, but thats not going to happen. If Ire keep picking him he has to move in to 12 and let Earls play 13. He can keep the bloody 13 jersey on, just move in. This Nov Earls is the only Irish back to make a line break. You're not going anywhere if you can't cross the gain line.

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 5:00 pm

The best centre of all time!

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 5:23 pm

There's a great blog post on Wait of a Nation talking about the Irish 'golden era' and quite accurately concludes that the golden era is just BOD and whoever happens to be playing around him.

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Oli November 26, 2010 5:37 pm

you gotta love the man

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minstrel boy November 26, 2010 5:59 pm

Bill McLaren would have said "He makes it look so easy!"

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The Other Conor November 26, 2010 6:20 pm

Sorry? "Huh the 3rd" can I have your babies? So so so true! I don't know what Declan Kidney's reluctancy to play Earls is but I mean Earls is possibly the best attacking Irish player at the moment followed by Luke Fitzgerald and Fionn Carr. I can't understand why the Irish management keep choosing the players that are under performing! I mean Carr has scored 4 tries in 8 appearances in fact for the three seasons he's been in Connacht he's scored on average a tries every two games! WHY ISN'T HE BEING CHOOSEN! I really don't understand whats going on! Drop DArcy, But BOD in at 12 Earls or Bowe at 13 Luke Fitz at 15 and Carr or Trimble at 14/11 with the other on the bench.

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flying fijian1 November 26, 2010 6:52 pm

straight off fiji rugby text book, bod the man repect brother, you should have been a flying fijian.hehe

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Disco November 26, 2010 7:07 pm

I agree with Huh 3rd and Conor.

BOD should move inside (agreed, let him keep 13), D'Arcy out, Earls at 13, if Sexton is Ireland's RWC fly half, play him there and have Wallace as backup, Kearney out until he earns his place back, Fitzgerald at 15 and Bowe and Trimble on the wings. Try giving Boss a go at 9.

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ElTigre November 26, 2010 8:10 pm

it wasn't that great, jesus

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 8:29 pm

Im a huge BOD fan, and although this is a great pick up I wouldn't say it's a spectacular try. As for everyone saying drop Darcy, he had the highest tackle count of all 30 players in the NZ game. He still has magic feet and gets over the game line. Kearney needs to be dropped, Fitzy at 15, Trimble and Bowe on the wings and Carr to push for the bench. To be honest I rate Mcfadden more than Carr.

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I am Elvis November 26, 2010 8:37 pm

A couple of one handed pick ups? Brilliance? ok.

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WelshOsprey November 26, 2010 8:51 pm

Not his best try but still a great pick up. Pound for pound hes got to be one of the best players of all time.

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Alwill November 26, 2010 10:26 pm

I'd still want him in my team - but then I'm Welsh. Seriously though, not the player he was but still good enough to make most national teams. Other than the AB's where Conrad really does the business, and Australia what team would he not get in?

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KG November 26, 2010 10:34 pm

Moving BOD to inside centre is a genius idea! He's to valuable to IRE to drop but they need to bring on new blood. D'Arcy really isn't doing the job right now unfortunately. And for those who say BOD isn't troubling defenders: he doesn't do so directly as he has done in his younger years. Now he opens up space for other players. He doesn't get much credit for it unfortunately.

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 10:36 pm

huh the third!!! earls had the only line break of the 3 test!!! did u watch the matches???? cos pretty sure their was breaks bods try was after kearnys break, reddan and many many more watch the newzealand match again on rte player!!! and fitzy is a great player but not strong under the high ball!! earls defensive isn't strong enough yet for international standard at center! tommy bowe is our best option at 13 at the mo with drico inside him! but the futures bright at centre fitz earls mackfadden and o'mally are all really talented players but drico is still the best defensive player around my criticism of darcy is just his hands can still make yards at 12 but just doesn't pass enough thats where u wish he had P.wallace's skill along with the power but irish rugby is in great shape way better than 4 years ago just look at the possibilities in the front row we never had before ross needs to be given a chance tho !!!!

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TD November 26, 2010 10:53 pm

BOD is one of the very best centre in the world, however this try is really not something "to remember" (unless you are Irish I guess...and that it would have been the winning try for the world cup...)

I would have much more enjoyed the highlights of France vs Argentina than this!...

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Anonymous November 26, 2010 11:24 pm

Quality over quantity pls...

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Canadian content November 26, 2010 11:26 pm

This was quite a brilliant piece of play, the second pick up fairly routine.

But what was missed was his sublime pop pass to set up Reddan's break (which was subsequently ended with a shitty chip kick into mil's face).

The audacity to leave the ball hanging in the air as long as he did, sucking the AB's in to try and defenc it, timing it so that Reddan just barely got there and there and was able to explode into space. That was true brilliance that you see from BOD once a game. His deft handling is only getting better. At 13 he is able to create so much and truly does raise the game of those around him. I wish more tried to play like him and take the risks, rugby play has become far too professional. Bring on the magicians!

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Mike November 27, 2010 12:11 am

Not his greatest try, but still a great try against a great side that most players would not have attempted, never mind scored. This try reminds me of the brilliant Rupeni Caucau.

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Spelling is as impor November 27, 2010 12:14 am

RD, 'it' is a pronoun, and pronouns don't take an apostophe when denoting possession. It should be "beauty of rugby is ITS many facets".

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fry November 27, 2010 12:15 am

I'm an Ireland fan through and through, but it's still not as good as John Smit's finger tip grab.

But this was amazing, nevertheless - made even more spectacular as it was against NZ.

I'm hoping BOD makes it into the IRB Hall of Fame one day. (On the topic of the Hall of Fame, I wonder if Bill McLaren will one day be inducted - despite being a commentator, he's done about as much for the game as anyone could've.)

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 12:28 am

darcy and earls were probably irelands two best players in the november tests. i think everyone will agree odriscoll is one of the best defensive centres in the world.better than jauzion,nonu,and conrad smith. earls doesnt have much pace.hes also been playing in about 5 different positions and the only chance he got in the november tests he fluffed with poor finishing skills.

to fijian flier this reminds me of the fijian pickup in the world cup a few years back except the fijian one was a bit better because he was at full pace

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 12:30 am

spelling is as important as rugby - apostophe is in fact spelled APOSTROPHE. it is made all the more easier by having spell check you dope

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Latham November 27, 2010 12:34 am

Odriscoll is so overrated. He's only big in the northern hemisphere.

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 12:58 am

he's a good player n all, but really? I see that in the itm cup every week.

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Douglas November 27, 2010 1:43 am

Agreed, pretty ordinary stuff here -- a nice pickup off the ground, and then a nice pass? Hardly earth-shattering.

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 1:44 am

yes i have have seen it done at colts level. But the difference is he was playing the All BLacks. The measure of the player is how they perform under pressure.

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robbo November 27, 2010 4:17 am

This vid = basic back skills well executed. He's a good player but jeez, no wonder a lot of people think O'Driscoll is over hyped.

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Stubby November 27, 2010 5:24 am

Very nice grab but I thought the previous Irish touched the ball with his finger tips thus a knock on.

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Roadpig November 27, 2010 5:52 am

This is great but Richie McCaw is such a cheat, the All Blacks are favoured by the IRB, and I'm still angry at the All Blacks for that spear tackle on BOD almost ten years ago.

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 6:10 am

im biased towards the ab's so you can take this how you want but id put smith ahead of odriscoll in the defence apartment and when he's fit richard kahui ahead of both of them.
Mccaw does the same thing that every international openside flanker in the world does, mccaw just gets singled out by disgruntled fans as he and the all blacks are so good. tall poppy syndrome.
There were numerous occasions in this game where ireland were getting heavily penalised for killing the ball whilst defending their line and they wernt sent so it goes both ways.

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the rake November 27, 2010 7:57 am

Anonymous said...
richie mccaw is the biggest cheater in the world, so god damn annoying, if only they hadn't banned stamping.

oh shut up.

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 8:31 am

They are a bunch of filthy animals who always try and injure the best players.

Richie Macaw and the rest of them are cheats, they always lie on the ball to slow it down. If they allowed rucking back in they wouldn't win a game.

All of their tries come from forward passes.

The refs don't give them enough yellow cards and Paddy O'Brien tells his crew to take it easy on them

There is a conspiracy with the IRB to ensure they win next years world cup.

Their scrum is a farce and I can't figure out how Tony Woodcock has survived for all these years without being penalised off the park.

Their guard dogs at the ruck always interfere with defenders.

The haka gives them an unfair advantage.

................

Can we move on now please?

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 9:32 am

SBW got owned.

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Sander November 27, 2010 9:42 am

The speed at which this is done, makes it all the more incredible! And it's not like there's no one around the ball, either!

Probably the best Irish player ever, at least the best Irish centre. Age'll slow anyone down, but I think he'll continue to evolve his game, just like Tana Umaga did.

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Flipje November 27, 2010 9:53 am

What a great player, representing so well the typical Irish Fighting Spirit. Clearly within the top 3 of the world best outside center.

Great servant of the game.

Best Irish player? Probably but I guess K Woods, Gibson, John Hayes and specially Jack Kyle might be good candidates too.

Pity we have not been able to see him for one or two seasons in the Top 14....

Ps: please stop moaning about McCaw, who cares, the post is about BOD. There is plenty enough others posts to discuss Mc Caw & Co.

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Jake November 27, 2010 12:05 pm

BOD will never be recognised as a great for the simple reason that he comes from the Northern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, what he actually does on the pitch (41 international tries from centre?) is irrelevant.

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Sam Widge November 27, 2010 12:13 pm

Im starting to realise that 95% of the people on rugbydump are Irish.

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Mike November 27, 2010 12:28 pm

Sam, 95% of people everywhere are Irish. :)

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Huh!! the 3rd November 27, 2010 5:48 pm

November 26, 2010 11:34 PM

Anonymous said...
huh the third!!! earls had the only line break of the 3 test!!! did u watch the matches???? cos pretty sure their was breaks bods try was after kearnys break, reddan and many many more watch the newzealand match again on rte player


They were breaks created by passes into space. I was refering to the Munster Aussie match when Earls made at least 2 line breaks through tackles and and 1 when he was put in space. If you include Heaslip's interception, Ire had 4 in NZ game, Reddan, Kearney, Cronin and Heaslip.

I stand by my point, on it and over it.

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Tired of this sh*t November 27, 2010 7:41 pm

sigh, its a shame there are a huge amount of people that would appreciate this if it was an NZ player, SA player, AUS player....but because its irish, its not viewed with any kind of respect....

im not an irish supporter, i tend to be a 'good rugby' supporter (which is good for me because i can enjoy any game) and this was well timed and fooled the NZ defenders....but ofcourse, to follow the trend:

McCaw is a cheat
This is done every week in the super 14
this is nothing
hahahaha laughable
Awful player couldnt walk onto MY team
over the hill
has been

etc etc etc

very sad indeed..

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felix November 27, 2010 7:50 pm

BOD is the most over-rated player ever.

Tommy Bowe is the best ever Irish rugby player.

McCaw is the best referee manager ever and has the highest stamina ever in world rugby.

there's a few troll-like statements but i truly believe them all!

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Tired with this sh*t November 27, 2010 8:52 pm

The problem is felix, BOD is not over-rated....

He proves his worth in every game..

I know recently he has been a bit anonymous, but give it a bit of time in the 6N if he cant step up in those games then look at things a little differently. Generally he has been a fantastic player who is the cause of 90% of Irelands successful play within a game....if you watch any game most of irelands good play can be traced back to something BOD did, whether it was forcing a knock on, a turnover, an interception, a delayed pass, etc etc etc.....

Im not saying he is the only player to grace the world with flair but he is a damn good player!

With regards to McCaw, we all know he plays in the grey area, and i respect him for that, he does what everyone wants their flankers to do and he gets away with it....or he gets a shoeing for it! agreed he needs a shoeing but guess what, he'd do it again....and he'd get away with it again, that is why he is one of the worlds best flanker, and captain and has been year after year...

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 9:11 pm

not so good skill moments as you say, south hemisphere players do this is envery game, not so extraodinary odriscoll here

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 10:39 pm

"waaa waaaa the southern hemisphere dont think hes the best player in the world like we do waaa waaa".
Dry your eyes. You people moan about everything. including the fact that BOD people down south dont think the sun shines from his arse.
Please take a teaspoon of cement and harden up.

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Anonymous November 27, 2010 10:40 pm

"waaa waaaa the southern hemisphere dont think hes the best player in the world like we do waaa waaa".
Dry your eyes. You people moan about everything. including the fact that people down south dont think the sun shines from his arse.
Please take a teaspoon of cement and harden up.

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Anonymous November 28, 2010 12:42 am

even if he is anonymous in attack he virtually never makes a mistake thats the thing even on his worst days hes still as solid as a rock. i think its very hard to judge most players unless you've seen him the whole way up at club and international level. you have to have seen them play at least 20 matches before you can judge them. but even if you were just judging o'driscoll from the 15 or so matches hes played against the all blacks since hes started. hes played better than his opposite number in many of those with a much worse team. the only time i can recall odriscoll really being beaten by his opposite number was in the six nations 2010 against france when bastareuad and jauzion pummeled him. but he still but in big hits, solid expanisve passes jinking runs, retained the ball and rucked like a flanker

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Anonymous November 28, 2010 12:45 am

the real question is dan carter. will he bottle it in the world cup again and get injured. if that was wilkinson he would have played on with a broken leg and ran the show as hes still does.ah no im only joking just trying to wind up the new zealanders

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oldback November 28, 2010 1:42 am

Sure, it's difficult to pick up the ball like that, but his greatest try? Or even a great try? No. The pickup was a 50/50 chance and then he just pinned his ears back.

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Alexander November 28, 2010 1:58 am

I concur with Tired Of This Sh*t. This game is as bad as football for fans who have no respect for other fans and players. Its a great moment of skill by O Driscoll, why can't we all acknowledge it without getting up our own arses over this and that, saying that 'my team's' pleyers are faaaaaar better, or our nation's players are faaaaaar supreme, exposing the chip on our shoulders that we all seem to openly display on this forum!!!!! Its PATHETIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anybody notice a mighty ALL BLACK display such skills during the game that surpass BOD's efforts, bearing in mind they're the most skill full side in world rugby? Mmmm, no? Well done BOD, good skills on display. Good on ya!!! Too all the negative folk, maybe, like shut up?!! Yeah, do that!

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Anonymous November 28, 2010 2:43 am

Meh, I can do that in my sleep.

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Anonymous November 28, 2010 2:59 am

Meh, I do your mum when you sleep.

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Big Hit November 28, 2010 6:00 am

Is that it? Really?? I was expecting a great try, instead I got one of the weakest, most opportunistic tries I've seen in a long time. Third most overrated player today, first being McCheat, second being Carter.

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Anonymous November 28, 2010 10:31 am

he picked it up and fell over the line. brilliant player, was this try really brillaince at all though? if he hadnt scored it would have been the equivalent of an open goal

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themull November 28, 2010 12:18 pm

Did big hit just claim that BOD( irish captain,106 irish caps with 41 tries from centre), McCaw(94 caps, all black captain, 19 tries and 2 irb player of the year awards) and Dan Carter(probably second best if not the best outhalf to ever play the game, 1 kick away from becoming the highest scoring player in rugby union history and 79 NZ caps) overrated? Yea good one

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Dub in Oz November 28, 2010 12:30 pm

Bod, you legend. Velcro hands and he can put his nose on the ground and not fall over. Agree with calls for Fitzy at 15. Has to happen soon.

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Dub in Oz November 28, 2010 12:37 pm

By the way,
Notice both Heaslip AND Bowe taken out off the ball here. All Blacks defending all the way. How do they get away with it?
Any line break and it's just take out your nearest man. And this isn't sour grapes coz I think they're the best in the world and don't need to do this shit. The only time they get called up on it is at the World Cup...

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Mike November 28, 2010 4:33 pm

Dub in Oz - I think you're being harsh to the Kiwi defenders there. The guy tackling Heaslip committed to the tackle when the pass was made to Heaslip, he couldn't do much about it. And Bowe fell over Heaslip and the NZ tackler.

Let's not get too one-eyed about this - leave that to the (usually anonymous) whiners who claim that any clown could have scored that try against the best team on the planet ^^

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Huh!! the 3rd November 28, 2010 5:06 pm

After all the moaning I did about D'arcy over the last few weeks and he goes and puts in probably his best preformance in a green shirt v Pumas.

TMO should be shot over Earls' try( forward where exactly, even though the ball didn't leave the palm of his hand, if it did, he touched it before it hit the ground, therefore not a knock on, terrible).

And just to finish off on McCaw. As an Irish fan I love seeing McCaw play. He is head and shoulder's above anyone else in world rugby. The engine, the power, the handling skills, and he's kicked well a few times. He gets to every ruck, causes havoc (legally or not) and like BOD risks his future physical and mental health throwing his body around. Keep it up sir, you'll be remembered long after these posts are forgotten.

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Sick of this sh*t November 28, 2010 7:06 pm

Huh the 3rd.....dont be daft even the irish fans havent moaned about that disallowed try!!!

Oh and RD please remove all these videos, it is evident that none of us free viewers want to see the time and effort you put into making these videos available...

...so i think what you should do from now on is have a big vote as to what videos should be uploaded and also a vote on what title should be given to the video, then after a couple weeks of that if its been decided everyone wants the video then you can post it!

Regards,

The whining little bitches

(I speak on behalf of all RD FREE viewers!)



p.s if you can throw in some prizes or give us an incentive to keep watching then that would be great, like perhaps send us all a 'goodie bag' of RD stuff....

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The Truth Hurts November 28, 2010 10:39 pm

BOD is an average player.

The only reason he has looked like a star over the years is because he plays for Ireland... and we all know how pathetic Ireland are at sport.

I guarantee if BOD was Australian, New Zealand or South African he wouldn't have been looked at twice.

Sure BOD has become an Irish Rugby Legend, but who really cares... After all, he's Irish.

Ahhh Potato and Leprechauns

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Jono November 29, 2010 1:03 am

BOD is a great player, for sure, but wtf are irleand gonna do when he's gone?

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Anonymous November 29, 2010 2:32 am

I love watching the BOD special when he moans about being dropped on his shoulder. Biggest cry baby... I think its seriously an Irish thing though.

I work with an Irish guy... and iv never herd someone complain more than this guy. He's always sick or injured or under the weather.

Basically a massive bitch.

MAN THE F*CK UP IRELAND.

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Tom November 29, 2010 4:48 am

I lived in Ireland for a year.
What I learned is they're never happier than when they are miserable.
They love to moan about crap.
On the plus side they also love to have a laugh and a drink, which suits me fine, and the craic is great, but the time in between the craic... not much fun.
And the thing with BOD, jesus christ, you'd think he'd been paralysed.
They still go on about it, as though BOD is the first guy to get spear tackled in the history of rugby.
Any other country would let it go after a few months at most.

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Anonymous November 29, 2010 8:07 am

God dam i'm hungover today ... had a beer with BOD at coppers once, thought he'd be a dick, D4 but no he was dead on.

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Gavin November 29, 2010 12:37 pm

I work with an Irish guy... and iv never herd someone complain more than this guy. He's always sick or injured or under the weather.
I know one English guy. He's dick. I know one Kiwi. He's an asshole. I know one Aussie. He's a prick. I know one Saffa. He's a twat.

Can anyone see where I went wrong?

Obvious troll fails obviously.

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*yaaaaawn* November 29, 2010 1:28 pm

You know if BOD was born in Oz and didn't get into the national side he'd just be f*cling up all you smart mouths at club level rugby...... So I don't quite get the points you're trying to make..... He is better than any of us posters on here.....

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Anonymous November 29, 2010 2:23 pm

Cant believe some idiots on this thing claiming "BOD wouldnt get on my team"....get real you fuckin halfwits,the same fellas call the irish moaners yet they are here whinging and bitching because BOD is getting some credit that he deserves,seriously harden the fuck up yourselves and stop crying over the fact that your countries havent been able to produce a centre like him and the same goes for fellas who moan about McCAW and Carter,id kill to have two fellas with that kind of talent in my team

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mise November 29, 2010 3:46 pm

ATTENTION: its not just the pick up, its the body position _after_ the pick up. I can't believe that 80+ comments haven't spotted this. Keeping his body in a front row forward type position whist running at full speed and beating 3 kiwi defenders - _that's_ why this isn't just a good pick up.
Of course, plenty of ppl do this sort of thing in training or as on e poster said - in his sleep.
But this try is about more than dreaming, sleepy.....

Re the general discussion:
We've had it, many times. But I would say that his ability to adapt and develop his game has been excellent over the years, and his defensive marshalling has also been excellent (esp in 2009-10 season, not so much this year thus far)
When u are at a match, u can really spot good defensive marshalling (less easy to spot in highlights./on tv as the cameras are too focused on close ups of where the ball is)
case in point: the number of offloads SBW even _tried_ once he came on against Ireland- he was worried about an intercept, IMO.

Like a few others, it would have been great to see him with a better international team,just to see what he could do (though as an Irish fan have to say that would have been annoying too!)

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Huh!! the 3rd November 29, 2010 5:04 pm

As an Irish daily poster on this site I love when other nationalities bring up the Spear tackle incident, claiming we never shut up about it, yet its not mentioned until non Irish posters write on it.

Go over all the threads and it's the same story. Then when an Irish poster defends our reactions from 5 years ago, all other posters go 'ah, we told you, you can't stop bitching abut it'.

It seems to me other nationalities have hard ons for it more than us paddies.

Great pick up,
great skill to spin in the tackle and ground the ball,
great try by a great player against a (the) greatest team in rugby history, in a great game.

Great. I think I said great there.

ps, to guy below me. Since the highlights aren't up, I used this thread (which involved an Irish team, will be read by Irish fans) to highlight a ridiculous decision. When RD kindly gets round to posting the vid, I'm sure the comments on Earls' non try will rain in.

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Yes, we are shit at November 29, 2010 5:29 pm

The truth Hurts. Sadly the truth hurts but would probably decapitate your ignorant little head.

Not good at sports!!

Lets start with golf.

4 majors in the last 3 years. 2 would be more than the rest of Europe combined since the 90s. In a game dominated by the USA, and other large population countries, we have a huge amount of players in the world's top 100, haven't checked but, there was 7 recently. Harrington, McDowell, McIlroy, Lowry, Maybin, McGrane, Clark have all been top 100 in last year. 2 in top 10. For the ignorant, thats 20%.

Ire rank top 3 in Amature Boxing with Cuba and Russia. And we are beginning to throw our weight around in professional, 2/3 European belts, with more contenders in the next year.

Although I'm not a fan, we consistantly produce world class jockies, horses, and horse racing studs.

This shit is off the top of my head, but I'm sure there are other areas. Not bad for a tiny windswept wet backwater on the edge of Europe.

Don't know where you are from, but if you're Eng, Westwood shouldn't be No.1. No majors and out for half the year shouldn't qualify. If you're SA, Els' 3 majors came when Tiger wasn't around, Ooesthusien had a great win ranted but has disappeared since and Goosen hasn't done shit in years. I could go on.

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Anonymous November 29, 2010 7:46 pm

I think 90% of non irish posters are just trying to wind up the Irish folk....... It's like irritating your dad when you're little, you know you're not supposed to, you know he'll snap, but for some reason there's that little voice inside that says 'oh go in, just one more time won't hurt'

Personally bod is a fantastic player in my eyes and I would be happy do him to retire in good grace now his ability has waned a little (A LITTLE!!!!) however there is no one else within the irish team who could even begin to fill the void he'd leave...... And it's these little pieces of magic that keep proving he is worth every second on the pitch!

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Anonymous December 01, 2010 4:35 pm

here lets be honest boss is shite

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patrick December 01, 2010 4:44 pm

the truth hurts. you are a total fucking idiot. jesus we may complain but at least we appreciate good sportsman when we have them. to say BOD would not make the NZ team (ahead of conrad smith, you're joking, good player but nothing on BOD), the aussie team (ashley-cooper, haha) or teh south african team (fourie, fair enough good player but adi jacobs has also been picked and he is a fat little pudding). get a grip, put the insults aside and tell it like it is, o'driscolls quality and would have been a mainstay in any international team for the last 9 years. gobshite.

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AndrewB December 02, 2010 2:05 am

At least two Samoan pick-ups in the Scotland game as good as this on the RD vid.

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Adrian December 02, 2010 12:39 pm

Its a great pick up, and BOD is a great player.

Even so, this is better by everybody's favourite obese pot-smoking Fijian freak

@ 1:50
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCERIFXj1c0

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Anonymous December 02, 2010 4:13 pm

The difference is you guys (the two above) is that this was done by Ireland (average to good team) against NZ (World number 1)....

....now considering BOD was pretty anonymous in the match this is o'so typical of him to step up and produce....

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Jono December 03, 2010 6:30 am

What difference does it make who he was playing?
How would that affect his ability to pick up the ball?
He picked it up, it's good handling, but that's about it.

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Adrian December 03, 2010 10:32 am

Anonymous

As I said - Bod's was GREAT.

I actually thought you might ENJOY Caucau's absurd talent

Did you watch it?

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