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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Alex Cuthbert try and Grand Slam celebrations

By now you've probably seen highlights of the Wales vs France game in Cardiff on the weekend, but for archive purposes and for those who want to relive it, here's another quick look at the Alex Cuthbert try, as well as some of the Grand Slam celebrations.

Cuthbert, still very new on the scene at just 21, scored what was effectively the winning try against France, and since spoken about how life has changed for him in recent times.

"It's crazy how much everything has changed in such a short time. I could never have thought I would be scoring the winning try in a Grand Slam game six months ago. I was just expecting to train with the Blues seniors," he said.

"There is still a huge amount of development and learning to come from both the team and, of course, myself. Being in the Welsh environment has already upped my game, playing with world-class players like George (North).

"I do look up to George – even though he is only 19. We are still so young, as are many of the boys. As the years go by, we can only get better."

During the game Wales' young captain Sam Warburton had to go off injured after picking up a shoulder problem. The prognosis is still unknown, but he's having it checked out today following an MRI Scan that proved inconclusive.

"Not much showed up on it. There is a bit of concern because I am still in quite a bit of discomfort. I do not know what to think – it could be two weeks, or it could be two months.

"I felt guilty lifting the trophy because I could see the state of some of the players. Their bodies were hurting because they had tried so hard. I was embarrassed not to be able to play in the second half, as well as shattered. It was the biggest game of my career," he added.

Wales travel to Australia for a three-test series in a few month's time. How do you see that going?

Posted at 10:23 am | 9 comments

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Mitchell March 20, 2012 12:31 pm

Very well deserved. Well done Wales! Just wish the Lions could have 4 or 5 in the back row...

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stroudos March 20, 2012 2:23 pm

Nice. Can I suggest though, a more RD-esque video would have been a compilation of Dan Lydiate tackles? The bloke was just fucking immense in this game, that one on Dusautoir was a typical example and arguably his most important, but he was scything blokes down all day long - a real joy to behold.

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stroudos March 20, 2012 2:26 pm

Got to say I love the fact Jonathan Davies (commentator) is so partisan during Wales games. A lot of people don't like commentator bias, (although those people tend to come out more stridently when it's England), but I think it adds to the game. Especially with Davies, it sometimes feels like he's a mate sitting in your living room getting behind his team.

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Pretzel March 21, 2012 3:14 am

Personally, Jonathan Davies wears me out. I don't mind support for your own team but I get a bit tired of his constant "know it all" answers for everything. Yes he may very well know it all, having been a legend of Wales, but it makes it tiring when you listen to him constantly going on.

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Guy March 21, 2012 5:44 pm

Wet field, defenders slip, close the roof next time, Les Blues. Love it when a plan falls apart...

Sorry for that.

Loved the game. And a Lydiate-compilation would be awesome.

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Sankeor March 22, 2012 4:25 am

The song in the end could have been "Champagne showers" ^^

Nice to see these young players celebrating like that !
Compared to them, a lot of french players on the pitch look like kids forced to do their homeworks. Especially Poitrenaud, he may have too many caps, maybe another year out of the national team would cool his mind and grow his motivation.

Anyway, I think Wales and England were the only teams this year with the right combination of talent and motivation to win the tournament.

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kadova March 28, 2012 12:52 am

Wet field for all players, not only for Frenchies. Don't think Poitrenaud was that bad.
And who will you put at 15 with Medard out for 6-9 months ?

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Callum April 12, 2012 2:40 pm

Jonathan Davies is biased towards the Welsh but most people seem to be ok with it. The only people who natter on about it are the English, yet they get 99% rugby coverage across the media.

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