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Friday, May 13, 2011

Ryan Cross shows why you should always chase a penalty kick

Ryan Cross shows why you should always chase a penalty kick

It's the weekend and a big one for rugby around the planet. Unfortunately there's been a few delays on here in terms of updates and previews, but we're back at it now, with this great try from last weekend.

If you've checked RD in the past day or so you will have noticed that despite normal activity on Facebook and Twitter , the site hasn't received too many new updates. The reason is that unfortunately the Blogger service, which is the content management system behind the site, was down for over 20 hours.

This meant it was impossible to update or edit anything on the site. What is also reinforces is the need to get the new site up and running, and off of this CMS, asap. That's going to become a much higher priority over the next few weeks, so please bear with us as some hard graft is done behind the scenes, that will no doubt bring you a far more enjoyable RD experience in future.

Speaking of hard graft, this is a try that some of you wanted to see again from last weekend. It features Ryan Cross of the Waratahs, playing against his old side, the Force, scoring a try that came directly from a penalty attempt on goal. We saw something similar with Toulouse recently from Florian Fritz against Leinster , and with Ollie Phillips for Stade Francais last year.

What it shows, whenever this happens, is that it is definitely worth chasing those long kicks at goal. Every now and then one of them might just come off, and you'll more than likely earn your side a much needed seven points that you might not have had otherwise.

So once again, thanks for the patience, and enjoy the busy weekend of rugby.

Time: 01:15

Posted by Rugbydump at 7:33 pm | View Comments (14)

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No.7 May 13, 2011 7:14 pm

...Wow.... would've been funny had he hit himself in the face with that slam...

Awesome try though!

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Anton May 13, 2011 7:48 pm

In case you missed it:

Funny how France, French teams or French people seem to be linked always to this kind of try.

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Anton May 13, 2011 7:51 pm

All credit goes to the magnificent kick from Yachvili ;)

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Anton May 13, 2011 7:53 pm

Oh, and another one...

Still French teams.

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Anonymous May 13, 2011 8:29 pm

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Guy May 14, 2011 4:18 am

To last anon;
It seems to be Worcester vs Brive. So still a French team involved, I guess...

Not that it is an absolute rule or anything...just a trend ;-)

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Anonymous May 14, 2011 5:47 am

only way the tahs can score

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Jeremy May 14, 2011 10:00 am

"It's a set move!"

Lol, always love the aussie commentators

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Anonymous May 14, 2011 12:36 pm


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Flipje May 14, 2011 4:36 pm


Should I conclude from all of this that Australia is a part of French territory, and fortunatelly, WE, as Frenchmen should raise our expectations and hope in regard to the upcoming WC ...that actually we do have a chance to win the WC?

Suddently, I felt reassured....Small detail, can we make sure we replace the Wallaby with the Roaster emblem on our newly Yellow/gold jersey......

Sorry my poor intervention but I just watched live the 1/4 final of the top 14 (montpellier/ Castres) then decided to look at the highligths showed by RD on the Crusaders/Stormers games... Following those events, I decided to stop drinking Pouilly-Fuisse 2005 and decided to refocus on drinking Montagny 1er Cru 2008.....

Hope are deliverous, someone said....sang....

Once more apologies for this poor comment but I just watched a 1/4 final of top 14, supposingly the best of French Rugby Union..... that does explain a lot.

Good news anyway, the Montagny 1er Cru is great............

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Von May 14, 2011 11:21 pm

Question for anyone who know the rules - is there any time a penalty kick can't be chased up like this?

For example, could you arrange a set piece where you deliberately kick high and short so your chasers collect the ball a few metres out? Doubt it work often because you do it successfully once and the oppo will prepare for it, but it's a relatively easy seven points if you can get away with it/pull it off.

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No.7 May 15, 2011 1:00 am

Von, Im pretty sure you can always chase a penalty kick...

For instance if the clock reads 85:00 and you have a penalty kick and miss, the ball is still in play (if it stays in that is) so the opposition can run it back at you even though the clock is up.

As for deliberately missing it... I guess in theory, however its more of a gamble than just kicking to touch and playing off a more reliable set piece....

I guess it might be easier to just TRY and kick the ball through the uprights and always have people chasing...at least that way you're almost guaranteed 3 points if it goes right...whereas kick to miss and you aren't guaranteed any points...

Interesting question... I guess if you opt to kick at goal and the opposition is all standing around in a huddle bitching about who did what and your winger is on the edge you could kick it across the pitch to him.... but i dunno the exact rules...

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Anonymous May 15, 2011 1:01 am

@ Von:

If it was deliberate, it is illegal.

It has to be a "good-faith" attempt at a penalty goal.

To offer another perspective of legalese, even if it's not forbidden by the letter of the laws, it's against the spirit.

Again, this is my perspective, and something I plan on asking tomorrow when I take my Level 1 course.

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Tim May 16, 2011 7:58 am

If you opt/signal for the kick at goal you have to take it, you can't go and do try a cross field kick. Not sure what the ruling would be if you tried but there is a reason for the signalling to the ref...

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