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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Schalk Brits inside flick pass for Chris Wyles try

On Friday night Saracens achieved their second consecutive win over Ospreys in the Heineken Cup with a 16-13 victory, following on from their 31-26 win a week ago at Wembley. One of the highlights from the Round 3 win was this great try they scored.

The previous meeting between the two was also a close affair but at Wembley there were far more points on offer for the fans. Chris Wyles scored arguably the try of the game, but it was a team effort that had multiple phases before a touch a brilliance from that man Schalk Brits.

Featuring at least twice in the build up, it took his superb touch to break open the Ospreys defence as he drew in a few players and offloaded for Wyles, who himself ran a nice support line. Brits wasn't only featuring in the loose, as his match stats show that he landed every lineout throw, didn't miss a tackle, and carried 10 times.

That was in just 48 minutes of rugby, before he went off with a slight niggle. It was typical Schalk Brits, and this try is well worth watching again, or enjoying if you haven't seen it yet.

The latest loss for Ospreys means they are now in trouble in Pool 5, and it makes things very tricky for them to progress to the next round of play. 

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Just Call Me Ehtch December 18, 2011 3:50 pm

The scrums were a total mess in the return match in Swansea Friday, and Brits did well to stay on the right side of the law scrumtime, most of the time, until he got yellowed in the second half. Streetwise see. Gwyn Jones on S4C's HC highlights was flabbergasted at the mess the scrums were in this match. Ospreys had quite a weight advantage. How Paul James the Ospreys prop got yellow carded in the first half is beyond belief.

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Walden December 20, 2011 8:12 am

I agree. There were quite a few refereeing decisions that were dubious and confusing that match. Even the commentators seemed a bit agitated at times.

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Pretzel December 18, 2011 3:55 pm

Lovely little pass, not exactly a reverse shower time pirate etc, but was a try producer! :)

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WelshOsprey December 18, 2011 4:08 pm

The reverse fixture ref was a total joke, he could barely speak english. Looks like the ospreys are all but knocked out again.

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Guy December 18, 2011 4:37 pm

Beautifull pass!! And he was involved a dozen time in the minute leading up to that try too. Great player.

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i love bacon December 18, 2011 7:00 pm

Gotta be something in the kits - those black and red varities; Toulouse's front rowers were running around the pitch like backs today, too.

I know Brits is getting up there in age by rugby standards (ya wouldn't know it watching the guy play, though), and he's also playing overseas...but what would be the chances he'd ever get a call back from the Boks, especially now that PdV is gone, and Smit is leaving a vacancy at hooker?

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katman December 19, 2011 8:57 am

Would have to be as back-up to Bismarck Du Plessis. No coach in the world would leave him out of a starting 15.

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Walden December 20, 2011 8:06 am

Yeah, you're probably right. Not having CC/Super Rugby going on makes me tend to forget all the other incredible talent in the SA squad. I'm sure there are plenty of home-based players to pick from.

That said, Brits has been pretty fantastic for the Sarries. One of the many in the long line of players who do awesome for club sides but never really shine on the international stage. C'est la vie.

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katman December 20, 2011 9:55 am

I'd be so happy for Brits and Du Plessis to share the Bok hooker duties, but it seems unlikely that he will be chosen. So many things come into play in Springbok selections. There is the unwritten rule that only locally based players will be selected – a rule that is bent for some but not all. Then there is our traditional obsession with size. And then there is the unwritten, then written, and now unwritten again rule that black players should be given preference of choice should all else be equal (whatever that means when comparing two players). So things don’t look good for the AVIVA Premiership player of the year’s Bok ambitions. Sadly.

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johndoe December 18, 2011 10:54 pm

Great pass. Cheers for getting that up RD.

I still don't understand what the hell Sky are doing with the slomo... they pick the strangest times to stop / start it. Why would they stop the slomo abruptly at the end of the flick and why do they start it after the winger has already touched down? They always use it on players walking around too. It's great when it's used well, but I don't understand why Sky use it for things like walking or after the ball has been touched down.

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Sankeor December 18, 2011 11:34 pm

Good to see that the pressure doesn't kill his will to try new things on the field. After all rugby is a game and they are all playing it.

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anon December 19, 2011 9:13 am

Missed the game, sweet pass though! Is it just me or does anyone else think the Ref's positioning is wrong at ruck time? He obstructs an one of the Ospreys, and then nearly gets in the way of the Sarries srumhalf numerous times! This irritates me, who was the ref?

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Walden December 20, 2011 8:14 am

Not just you. Was a strangely reffed match, for sure. Jerome Garces was the refree that match. He's never really all that "awful"...but he's also never really that great of a ref, either.

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Dude December 20, 2011 6:17 pm

Why is nobody talking about how the ball wasn't grounded?!

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MisterDavid December 24, 2011 10:21 am

Because it was (before Wyles was flipped onto his back).

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