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Try Savers & Rib Breakers 13

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Robbie Fruean's quickfire try from the kickoff against Wellington

Robbie Fruean's quickfire try from the kickoff against Wellington

A while back we posted a video that featured some of the quickest tries ever scored from the kick off . Here's another for the list, as Robbie Fruean scored after 20 seconds against Wellington in last week's ITM Cup meeting at the Cake Tin.

While Wellington actually came back and won the game 37-28, Fruean scored one of the quickest ever tries in New Zealand's national provincial championship, as he powered over with just twenty seconds on the clock.

Discarded by the All Blacks despite being such an incredible threat, the young giant has deceptive pace, as was seen here as he glided through the gap with the kind of ease you'd expect from a far more agile man. He brushed off a few tackles before ploughing over.

There seemed to be a few other interesting things that took place in this match, including some good tries and one in particular from a substitute hooker who had just been sick on the tryline, only to find the ball heading his way so he got up, caught it, and strolled over for the try.

Have a look at Fruean's effort though, then check out the other quickest tries list that was posted on here last year. If you can think of any others that haven't been mentioned, feel free to list them in the comments, or get in touch if you have a video or link.

Also, Sumo Stevenson, love your work.

Time: 01:28

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:35 pm | 11 comments

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Anonymous July 31, 2011 10:08 pm

Nice try, spot in the next All blacks test ?

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noizy July 31, 2011 10:45 pm

> spot in the next All blacks test ?

Nope, he's not even in the squad. Considering he's got Ma'a Nonu, Sonny-Bill, Conrad Smith, Richard Kahui and Isaia Toeava all competing for the centre spots already, he's unlikely to get a look in any time soon. Next season...

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Mart August 01, 2011 1:07 am

Oh man. Thank god Graham Henry will not pick him.


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Anonymous August 01, 2011 2:30 am

haha love the 'move to pamplona' comment.

I can see fruean taking sonny bill williams spot in the ABs. Maybe not this year but possibly next. At least fruean tackles, unlike SBW who seems to be allergic to proper defense.
SBW is a mercenary and will leave NZ, it's just a matter of time.

Sigh. Maybe i'm still a bit cranky about the way he left the bulldogs way back when...

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Anonymous August 01, 2011 3:51 am

you must be anonymous because i am a bulldogs supporter and i got over it the moment he left. Happy to see a talent they helped produce do well somewhere else (better its not in league with another team). Fruean is my favourite player and he is just a monster.

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Paolo August 01, 2011 11:04 am

As a non-Kiwi, I am extremely pleased that Henry has decided not to play Fruean and SBW together

Cheers Graham!

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Anonymous August 01, 2011 12:18 pm

i dont understand what robbie has to do to get the all blacks call up, he aint competing with SBW or Nonu for the 12 position, and i rate him higher than smith and kahui given his form in super15, Toeava aint a centre, wing or fullback.

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MOD August 01, 2011 2:54 pm

Hopefully he'll be in an All Black shirt in 3 years or so... the All Black of England!

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Canadian content August 01, 2011 3:10 pm

I'd have to agree that his form is outstanding and surpasses the other 13's (though smith is class).

Is Maori? Love to see him with the Maori side some day. If not and he qualifies somewhere else I'd love to see him at the rwc for another country (excuse my ignorance on his heritage).

His counter rucking is unstoppable at the breakdown on outside ball against other outside backs.

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Sander August 01, 2011 5:29 pm

I'd love to see what Freuan can do in an All Black jersey, but I understand the AB selectors are hesitant in picking him this close to the World Cup.

In my opinion (but who cares...) he's still raw and very much a work in progress.

Considering the fact that Kahui always seems to be injured, Freuan might still be in with a long shot for the RWC. Can't see him edge out Smith anytime soon, as he is the best all-round 13 in my opinion.

Curious what Freuan can be in a year or two time; might be the next big thing...

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Anonymous August 01, 2011 8:35 pm

the blokes had better form than most 13s, smiths been class, but weve already seen carter SBW and fruean destroy sides...

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