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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Andre Taylor scores again with brilliant finish against the Rebels

Prolific try scorer Andre Taylor crossed twice against the Rebels, taking his impressive tally to ten for the season. Here's a quick look at one of those scores, which he finished brilliantly and is no doubt one of the tries of the season.

The game was one of the more entertaining of the weekend but the scoreline was pretty one sided, with the Hurricanes smashing the Rebels 66-24. It's the same game that had those huge Motu Matu'u hits that were featured on here earlier in the week.

Young powerhouse winger Julian Savea scored a hat-trick but this try, which came about from a dart by the highly talented TJ Perenara, was one of the more memorable of the game.

Taylor and Perenara will no doubt be pushing for higher honours in the not too distant future. They've both been stand-out players for the 'Canes this season, who famously sacked a bunch of their players in a Mark Hammett cleanout that was meant to rebuild the squad.

Peranara has made darting runs all season, and as we saw on Saturday, also looks like one of the hardest hitting number nines around, which are words that normally don't go in one sentence.

The other vital part of the try was the catch and inside pass by center Tim Bateman, who has also been impressive this season and got the ball away despite being pushed close to the touchline.

The Hurricanes have named an unchanged team for Saturday's meeting with the Waratahs.

Posted at 3:02 pm | 22 comments

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MonstaRuck May 31, 2012 6:40 pm

Great try and what amazing skills!!!

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BarryT May 31, 2012 6:48 pm

that handling was incredible!

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Guy May 31, 2012 7:43 pm

Agree with BarryT.

Although, judging on the lines on the field, the last pass looked a bit forward.

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Trollolololol May 31, 2012 9:31 pm

"judging on the lines on the field".... lol. troll much?

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Guy May 31, 2012 10:05 pm

Maybe you should take a closer look at the 5 meter line. Or visit your optician more frequently.

Not saying the try should have been denied. Just saying I have tries seen being denied for less...

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Cecil June 01, 2012 2:56 am

The try of the decade and you're crying about a non-existing forward pass?.....Sad!

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hmmmm June 01, 2012 10:36 am

Try of the decade? pretty outlandish thing to say

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Guy June 01, 2012 11:42 am

Well, to be honest...the decade just started. So that sounds just a little premature. But as I allready agreed on: superb try!

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thunor June 01, 2012 2:20 pm

You evidently misunderstand how the forward pass rule works. It should be by the passing action of the passer (i.e. arm goes backwards to release the ball).

See:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgMlDy2jP9s

Remember, you are running forwards fast, even if you throw the ball backwards it is still going forwards relative to the static ground. It just becomes obvious to see when the passer suddenly stops.

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JamieD May 31, 2012 11:50 pm

Guy, the pass went forward but it was passed backwards which is the actual rule. Forward momentum will always take it forwards to some degree unless stationary or moving very slowly.
check this out, been on rugbydump before, might help http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=box08lq9ylg

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Oceansnz June 01, 2012 12:28 am

Andre Taylor is a great runner and player, has been likened to that of Christian Cullen, but it seems he has the also same disease that Cullen had; backs himself TOO much and doesn't take note of his support players.

John Hart used make Cullen hold onto a ball 24/7 while on tours so that he would get sick of it and want to pass it during games!

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Canadian content June 01, 2012 3:45 am

Yeah John hart, unbelievable coach, how many rwcs did he win? Played Cullen at 13? Umaga at 14? Brilliant.

If I had a Player who scored 9 tries and started and finished that move I'd tell him to not back himself so much too.

Personally, as a junior coach, I watch this and think... How do I develop players to think and execute like this? What a combo of courage, skill, confidence and determination. Rugby at its finest.

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Justin Morrison June 01, 2012 6:50 am

Well put!

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norcalcoach June 01, 2012 4:30 am

The handling was awesome, but I'm most impressed with the hustle and the support. Taylor was the one who brought the ball into contact in the prior phase and when it got bounced out quickly, he managed to get himself off the deck and in support. Fabulous.

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Jon June 01, 2012 5:31 am

Great play all round, killer instinct to go for the counter so ruthlessly, awesome support play, great offloading, but above all else, incredible handling.
Great try.

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just saying June 01, 2012 10:40 am

wouldn't offloading fall under handling?

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Jon June 01, 2012 6:55 pm

No. Offloading is passing under pressure, handling is catching.

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Andy June 03, 2012 12:41 am

"No. Offloading is passing under pressure, handling is catching."

No, handling is mostly passing and catching, but it's really anything you do with the ball using your hands. That's why it's called handling.

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just saying June 03, 2012 2:03 pm

Oh jon, what are you like?

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Jon June 04, 2012 2:52 am

I don't agree but who cares I guess.
Semantics really isn't it.
What am I like?
What an odd question.

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Dave June 01, 2012 7:43 am

I can't believe TJ Perenara and Andre Taylor didn't make the All Blackks squad! On current form Weepu shouldn't be there, and Taylor has definitely earned his place, he's had an amazing season, as have the Hurricanes

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Jeri June 04, 2012 2:22 pm

I don't know what Mark Hammett did there but weren't Hurricanes ranking in the 10th or something? Now it looks like they can make the playoffs!

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