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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

The Cheetahs pulled off an impressive upset win over the Hurricanes in Wellington earlier today, which was a reminder that this classic team effort from them last weekend wasn't featured during the week. So here it is.

No doubt a contender for try of the season, the Cheetahs turned it on against the Crusaders last weekend and actually were in the game, threatening a bit of an upset at one stage.

The class of the home side came through, but not before the talented guys from Bloemfontein produced this fantastic try, which featured star flyhalf Johan Goosen twice in the move.

Wing Willie le Roux and center Andries Strauss were prominent, and it came about mainly due to the attacking attitude the Cheetahs have embraced in this campaign. Today, in Round 6, they were rewarded for their endeavour with a very impressive 47-38 win over the Hurricanes.

The Cheetahs were behind 32-10 with ten minutes left in the first half, before they pulled things back and went into the break tied at 32-32.

We'll get highlights of that game up in the archived Super Rugby Highlights section tomorrow, but for now here's a look at this classic from Round 5, a brilliant example of running into space and offloading in the tackle, letting the ball do the work to beat the man.

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Crusaders vs Cheetahs Highlights - Super Rugby Round 5

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Cheis March 31, 2012 9:33 pm

you gotta love the cheetahs!!

Goossen is a real prospect btw, keep an eye on that guy!!

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moddeur April 01, 2012 12:08 am

Awesome try! No one gets carried away, nice control. The Crusader's n°21 is a bit too casual in the final moments, but then again, he would have been running for 90m by that time.

This week I also enjoyed one of Stade Français' tries against Agen (previous weekend), I found this horrible-quality video of it, after the lineup at 0.34 secs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edtcJE0ZvjM

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i love bacon April 01, 2012 3:16 am

The Cheetahs were behind 32-10 with ten minutes left in the first half, before they pulled things back and went into the break tied at 32-32.

Maybe I'm just particularly dense today, but the video shows time at ~45 min (presumably 2nd half?), with the score 18-3.

Did I maybe miss something?

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i love bacon April 01, 2012 3:20 am

Yup. I'm a fucking idiot. The writeup was concerning the Cheetahs/Canes game today, while the video was from the Crusaders/Cheetahs match last week.

Hey, RD, help a brotha out and remove that post of mine.

...or, leave it up as a reminder to think before posting.

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i love bacon April 01, 2012 3:24 am

And what's more, I should've known better - because I remember watching the Cheetahs v Crusaders match, because I recall the unusual "I give up" move by Goosen kicking the ball out at 80min, denying the team the chance at a tie game.

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Anon April 02, 2012 5:00 am

Great try but whopper forward pass thrown by the 10 just over the halfway line in the build up!!!

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Askelkana April 02, 2012 7:12 am

What are you talking about? No way was that forward!

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Anon April 02, 2012 9:11 am

Look at the markings on the pitch... where he is when the ball leaves his hands and where the other lad is when he receives it. Well forward.

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Dylan April 02, 2012 1:50 pm

It doesn't matter if the ball travels forward but rather if he passed it forward. At the speed these guys are running even a ball passed backwards has a lot of forward momentum and so still travels quite a distance forward.

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Anon April 02, 2012 5:06 pm

"A throw forward occurs when a player throws or passes the ball forward.
‘Forward’ means towards the opposing team’s dead ball line."

The ball leaves his hands and goes towards the opposing teams dead ball line... there is nothing in the laws of the game to say you are allowed throw the ball forward provided you are running fast enough

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ruckinmaul April 02, 2012 6:15 pm

you need to learn more about the IRB rules Anon. It can be also be found in youtube. it was not a forward pass

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Rugbydump April 04, 2012 5:41 pm

Agreed. Not forward.

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Anon April 02, 2012 7:25 pm

It is though

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Jwall April 03, 2012 12:53 am

It is not a forward pass, you don't know the rules mate, sorry.
The law explicitly states that the act of passing the ball is what matters. ie the player must throw the ball in a backwards direction.
Where the ball then ends up is totally irrelevant and has no bearing on it's legality.
This is due to the basic nature of physics whereby, if a ball is thrown backwards, but the player throwing it is moving forwards, the ball will then drift forwards thru the air even as it travels backwards in a diagonal direction. Agaibn, you need to understand basic physics to understand this.
But it doesn't matter where the ball goes strictly speaking. It's about the player throwing it backwards out of the hands. So yeah, anon, you don't really know what you're talking about.

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Anon April 04, 2012 2:32 pm

Eh I have a degree in physics and you are wrong.

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MattyP April 03, 2012 2:34 am

Lol. This one again. Well played Jwall, saved me dragging that video out. The pass over the head is my fave.

When I referee rugby, I watch each pass to see the direction of the passer's hands, and whether or not the action was towards the opposition dead ball line. Just like I was taught in my reffing course, and every other referee, has been taught to do since, well, forever.

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