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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ollie Phillips shows us why you should always chase a penalty kick

Ollie Phillips shows us why you should always chase a penalty kick

A few years back I posted a video of a great try scored by Stade Francais player Cliff Mytton in the 1998 domestic final against Perpignan where he collected a rebound off the post. Twelve years later, another Stade player has done the same.

In a bitterly cold Saturday in Paris, the Top 14 derby between Stade Francais and Racing Metro was edged 15-13 by hosts Metro at the Stade Yves Du Manoir.

Francois Steyn kicked a long range penalty early on then Jonathan Wisniewski added four penalties to take Metro up to 15 points after ill discipline from the visitors proved costly.

The only try of the game came from Stade Francais though as Ollie Phillips did brilliantly to chase a Julien Dupuy penalty kick that hit the crossbar and popped up perfectly into the waiting hands of the former England Sevens star.

In a strange coincidence the last video we have of this happening in such a fashion was in that 1998 game mentioned above. Then, as on this occasion, it came through some solid graft that often goes unrewarded, but can be so important.

Unfortunately for Phillips his try didnt contribute to the win, but it was a great piece of play nevertheless. "Very disappointed by the result of our game. 15-13 it finished. I think I was the coldest I have ever been on a rugby field," he said afterwards.

Watch this one, then you can view the 1998 Mytton try here .


Time: 02:01

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