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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Three great tries, scored by James O'Connor, Deon Fourie, and Jaque Fourie

Three great tries, scored by James O'Connor, Deon Fourie, and Jaque Fourie

The Stormers maintained their unbeaten run in this years Super Rugby tournament as they steamrolled the Force with a 51-16 win at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. These are three of the best tries that were scored in the match.

Namesakes Jaque and Deon Fourie - no relation scored two tries apiece as the Stormers put in one of the performances of the weekend, tearing apart the visiting Perth side. Flyhalf Peter Grant kicked 21 points, while Jean De Villiers and Andries Bekker also crossed for tries.

The visiting Force got all their points through young James OConnor, who scored an excellent individual effort and kicked the rest. There was some uncharacteristically questionable tackling on 20 year old O'Connor, but you can't take away from his great stepping and acceleration.

Hooker Deon Fourie scored the Stormers bonus point try with a brilliant individual effort down the right hand wing, while Jaque Fourie finished off a high quality team try, from turnover ball.

The six tries takes them to five from five in the tournament so far, with a trip to face the Sharks coming up next. Topping the overall table and remaining the only unbeaten side, the Stormers will be pleased with the news that Schalk Burger will be returning for that game in Durban.

Below are the three mentioned tries, which were the best of the game.

Time: 01:55

Posted at 6:09 pm | 31 comments

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Anonymous March 30, 2011 6:00 pm

first

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Corbin March 30, 2011 6:46 pm

Can't wait to watch this game! Go stormers!!!!

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Anonymous March 30, 2011 7:59 pm

@corbin - poor comment

third.

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Nathan March 30, 2011 8:44 pm

The hooker's try is just pure brilliance !

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Jej March 30, 2011 9:04 pm

RD, surely you are making light of what has to be one of the greatest moments in the history of the front-row fraternity!!

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SpencaH March 30, 2011 9:25 pm

Guys seriously how low is your self esteem that you need to tell everyone that you were 1st/2nd and EVEN 3rd to get your kicks! Sad people.

That aside, great tries, southern hemisphere is a different level...so much more clinical!

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Link March 30, 2011 9:45 pm

More clinical because there is no fear of relegation. Fact.

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Jono March 30, 2011 10:19 pm

Not really link, that's not really why at all.
It has to do with several things, but primarily it's the philosophy of SH teams (a desire to play attacking, passing rugby) and the skill set that instils in players.

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How about them Fouri March 30, 2011 10:39 pm

The attacking superiority is primarily due to
Weather conditions being better down South.
As we all saw the Crusaders fell apart when
They played under our conditions in London
Recently. Hang on....... Well I'm sure there
Are other excuses that we NH fans can find,
They'll be along shortly in the comments below.
In the meantime...... How about them Fourie's!

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mise March 30, 2011 10:42 pm

ahhhh how about we keep this thread to the actual game, the actual tries and keep NH SH comments to a minimum?

like....how is De Villiers doing now compared to at Munster?

Has CJ lost aaaannnnyyyy weight?

that kind of stuff. But, mostly, the tries and game?

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Russell March 30, 2011 11:44 pm

I live in the UK so don't get to watch much super rugby.

How's O'Connor playing at 10? Always thought he was a class player. Has he got the game for 10?

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Jono March 31, 2011 12:34 am

He's always been a 10 or 12 Russel, he was always going to end up playing there.

He is playing very well and is favorite for the inside centre position for the Wallabies at the moment.

The only reason he ended up at fullback then wing for Australia was that he had Gitaeu, Cooper and Barnes ahead of him as five-eight/inside centres.

He was too good to leave out of the team though, and they wanted to introduce him to international rugby, so they put him on the wing.

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Rowan DeBues March 31, 2011 12:52 am

Wow, enlighten me otherwise but is that not one of the best front row tries of all time?

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 1:31 am

Bryan Habana is out of form and should be warming the bench.

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 1:33 am

Btw, the 3rd try (Jaque's) the Force were attacking from the 22 of the Stormer's... they were driven back past the half way mark due to the aggressive defense until they were finally turned over for the try - You only see a bit of the great defense in the clip.

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 1:36 am

JdV is back to his usual great self. I assume he was taking a year off in Munster, seeing as the competition he was playing in meant less than shit to him, and to me.

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Geraldo March 31, 2011 4:06 am

Who is the former Blue Bull that killed those guys with the axe?

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 4:31 am

Former under 21 player, not a big name Bulls player.

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Dr Fill March 31, 2011 5:52 am

Link said...
More clinical because there is no fear of relegation. Fact.

What a strange attitude "We are scared of losing but we won't do everything we can to score more points than the opposition, we'll just hope things work out for us somehow". Explains a lot.

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Stephen March 31, 2011 6:47 am

Hmmm, the second try came off two consecutive forward passes and a VERY fortunate bounce (away from the defender). But fair play to the chap: he showed some skill with the chip and chase, especially for a hooker.

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Von March 31, 2011 6:51 am

Some cracking passing there, really slick handling.

Not sure it's ever morally acceptable for a hooker to put foot to ball in such cavalier fashion, but that was an awesome try.

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katman March 31, 2011 8:27 am

The Stormers have a history of hookers who don't know their place. A previous one - Schalk Brits - had the nerve to run and step like O'Driscol. No respect.

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 9:54 am

O'Connor has been the form Australian player so far this season, and probably the best number 10 in the competition based on the fact that the players around him are rubbish (Carter, Grant and Lambie have both also been excellent in excellent teams). He has done everything - run well, kick well, passed well, kick goals, made tackles, organised the defence and all within a limited team context.

That Fourie try is great, but nothing in comparison to Al Baxter's first try in Super rugby in his 110th game - he had to go all of 20 cms and fall over the line!

Saying that Super 15 rugby is more attacking because of a lack of relegation suggests that that style of rugby is a losing style, which it clearly isn't. I also can't understand why a fear of relegation would cause your top teams to play conservatively.

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 11:35 am

I think relegation is going to have a bit of an effect, especially if you're taking into account losing bonus points, but the reality is that it will effect the lower half of the league where it is a distinct possibility that you may get relegated.

The real issue is how the game has been run for may years. In the UK you play on a full size pitch (or a relatively large pitch) from the age of 11 up. That means that if you're a) fast or b) big you're going to be a dominant player but it also restricts the need for ball handling skills and sidestep skills (like the O'Connor try). If you look through a number of backs over the past 20 years for England, minus Lewsey and Robinson, there aren't many who are great on there feet or good at finding the gaps.

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Guy March 31, 2011 3:05 pm

Wow, some skill involved in these tries!!!! (some bad tackling too, but nevertheless)

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 3:08 pm

O'Connor plays flyhalf?

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Ian March 31, 2011 4:42 pm

Peter Grant is not your typical South African #10 in the way he attacks the gainline...

uh HELLO -- what about the way that South African #2 attacked the gainline? Echoes of Uncle Fester himself, Keith Wood

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I hate ppl who write March 31, 2011 5:37 pm

I think league has a big influence on the SH game, refs are lenient on flat/forward passes and on fringe high tackles not using arms. They try not to slow the game down as they need to keep the spectators up and get the money coming in.
I agree with this type of reffing and hope it filters to the NH.
At the moment it's the fear of the whistle rather than relegation that makes NH players more conservative in their play. If you look at the last 2 passes of most tries in the SH game, they probably would be taken into contact to play it safe up here.

That said it's not about better or worse, it's just different. SA didn't win the RWC with expansive Rugby did they?

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Anonymous March 31, 2011 7:48 pm

There is a fantastic tackle on the left corner of the screen at 1:45 I can see it on the next TSARB

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Jono March 31, 2011 10:34 pm

It is philosophy and skills.
NH teams just don't have the mindset that they want to go out and run the ball at every opportunity.
This means they often don't develop good passing, handling, steeping etc.. all the things that go with attacking rugby.
There's more to it than that, but it's a major part of it.
Eddie Jones, when he started coaching Saracens, said he was genuinly shocked at the lack of ambition and attacking intent in English rugby.

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mat April 01, 2011 9:01 am

great try by that winger but why is he wearing number 2!
jaque fourie? more like moses, the defence just parted and let him straight through. just shows what can happen if you run straight, i hope the welsh coaches are watching!

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