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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Kini Murimurivalu finishes off excellent Clermont full field try

Three Fijians and a Scotsman combined brilliantly as Clermont scored one of the tries of the weekend in the Top 14, despite going down 30-19 to Castres. Both sides are still in the playoff race, with Castres looking likely to go ahead of Montpellier next weekend.

It was only Clermont's fifth loss of the season and they once again provided great value, including this fantastic try that was started way back behind their own tryline.

It started as Jason White received some of his own medicine, forcing Seru Noa Nakaitaci to clean up the mess and attack from deep. Another Fijian, All Black Sitiveni Sivivatu, showed that he's still got it with a great break up field before combining with a number of players.

One of those was Scotsman White, who got up to be in support and handled excellently, then later provided the scoring pass for fullback Kini Murimurivalu.

Each side scored three tries, and by kicking the game's opening penalty, Castres fullback Romain Teulet became the first player in world rugby to score 3000 points for a single club.

Below is the try, and you can view full highlights of Castres vs Clermont here

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Guy May 09, 2012 7:15 pm

Question: how many blatant off sides can you fit into one terrific try?

I don't know, there were so many that I lost count.

But, as I said, great try. It seems like a typical French try but there were so many foreigners involved you can harly call it that anymore.

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Reality May 09, 2012 7:57 pm

I hadn't even noticed that, but you're right. I don't even know some of their names, but there was the winger who started it, then Sivivatu, then White, King, Zirikashvili, and Murimurivalu to finish it. Although Audebert and Parra did make a contribution as well.

On a related note, is there a limit to how many foreign players teams can have in France? In Ireland I think it's 5 in the match-day squad, but they're going to reduce it to 4 if I'm not mistaken. Or is there any limit at all in France? Toulon seem to have about a 30-70 French-foreign split.

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Guy May 09, 2012 10:31 pm

Interesting question. This is what I found:

'Around 40 percent of Top 14 players are foreigners: players who can’t qualify for their national sides. That’s roughly 250 players.

Teams like Toulon or Stade Francais have over 20, and no Top 14 club has less than 10.'

This has direct consequences for the results of the national team. Interested in the whole article?

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stroudos May 10, 2012 10:54 am

Eh? Where are the offsides? I can't see a single one...

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grumbo May 10, 2012 11:04 am

me neither, when there is no ruck there is no offside line so alls fair for most of that build up play due to Clermont keeping it alive and not going to ground.

Fantastic try, great to see a back running it from beneath his posts instead of hoofing it up the field.

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Guy May 10, 2012 11:38 am

For example that burly prop that's offside twice in about 10 seconds when the attack is in or near the 22, just before the try. I saw tackles from offside positions. Sure they are walking back but imho not nearly fast enough.

I know it's hard to get back onside when you're on the back foot like that. And it doesn't matter either since the ref plays advantage when he spots it. But I guess a yellow would have been pulled out for that prop if a try hadn't been scored.

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grumbo May 10, 2012 1:23 pm

i see what you mean, but as a burly prop myself i have a large amount of sympathy with forwards in those situations, as long as they don't interfere with the play until they are back in line with the rest of the defence.
its tough work chasing back when the fairies have made a quick break up field! :)

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Stubby May 09, 2012 7:37 pm

nice job not trying to catch the low pass! Smart play.

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sithepie May 09, 2012 10:55 pm

Fairly nice try but the defence was at best questionable.

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Pretzel May 10, 2012 12:10 am

I think the defence was seriously messed up by the 7's style play, Clermont 22 play very clever by not just tucking his head down and running for it, he slowed up and looked for support, that whole style put the defence on the back foot. That being said, that is what rugby is about, coping in those sorts of situations.

I agree that it appears like Top 14 rugby is ruining the international side.. There are very few partnerships around.

I'm not saying it is all about partnerships but when you look at POC and DOC they play in club and international, Bakkies Botha and Matfield, again were club and international, numerous scrum half and fly half combo's... The french have so many teams and their players are spread so thinly amongst those teams.

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stroudos May 10, 2012 11:00 am

"Clermont 22 play very clever by not just tucking his head down and running for it, he slowed up and looked for support, that whole style put the defence on the back foot."

Definitely. Sivivatu showing the benefit of his experience. Crucial to the whole try.

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Ruggernut May 10, 2012 1:16 am

It would have been so easy for the number 11 to hoof the ball and concede the 22 metre line out. That was the first thing I liked about this try but then the intelligence and patience not to try and go for a miracle pickup or anything like that. A contender for one of the great tries of all time. Super duper try! A real pleasure to watch.

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stroudos May 10, 2012 11:02 am

Awesome wasn't it. Although it's the kind of thing that does your head in "in real life" when your team-mates start cocking around like that behind their own tryline!

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Pretzel May 10, 2012 12:51 pm

Especially when more often than not it either results in a terrible desperate last second kick or a scrum 5 metres to the opposition....Or worst case a try... I remember at school one of our flankers ended up running behind the try line, he kicked it, it bounced off our posts was caught by an opposition player who scored... >.

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Ruggernut May 10, 2012 3:24 pm

I agree. It is frustrating when a team mate runs around like that but as a spectacle (especially when you aren't playing with the guy) its great to see. Also, in fairness, he had few other options as he was going back to pick it up.

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Pretzel May 10, 2012 6:36 pm

Oh yeh, I say good on the guy, he was in a tight spot and he backed himself and got himself and the team out of that danger area and it ended up sparking a try... As you said (I hadn't considered this when I was watching) it is a miracle he didn't just hoof it.. Everyone is taught to kick it in that situation "Get it out of the danger area".. It was brilliant..

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stroudos May 11, 2012 12:20 pm

OK, confession time: as much as I've been infuriated watching other people cocking about like that, I've also been known to be the idiot cocking about like that. I can still hear a past captain's voice in my head now screaming "Kick it, we're not fucking Fiji!!". Boring bastard he was...

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Ruggernut May 13, 2012 1:18 am

Lol. Now the truth comes out. Also though, considering the match, it was cool as well. Now had this been the RWC final, I would have been screaming at him to kick.

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apr May 10, 2012 2:24 am

great video, i would like to see a romain teulet tribute video here at rugby dump!

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Canadian content May 10, 2012 12:45 pm

What I noticed was that white got cranked, got back up & went on to handle the ball 3 times, finally providing the final touch.

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stroudos May 11, 2012 12:21 pm

Where's the "like this comment" button?

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cheyanqui May 10, 2012 5:31 pm

well done by the referee to let advantage develop on the offsides. Too often, you'd see him whistle it because he wanted to give a yellow, and assert his mark with that yellow.

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