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Friday, December 21, 2012

The Rugby Championship 2012 Highlights montage

This year, 2012, will be remembered as the year that Argentina joined the top three teams in the world as the Tri Nations became a thing of the past and the inaugural Rugby Championship was launched. Today we look back at some of the best bits from it.

While the All Blacks had a minor hiccup as they lost to England in their last game of the season, and drew 18-18 with the Wallabies, the Rugby World Cup winners had a dominant year.

Their form in the Rugby Championship reflected that as they went unbeaten and played dazzling rugby throughout, as players such as Kieran Read, Israel Dagg, and Richie McCaw cemented their reputations as the best around in their respective positions.

Newcomers Argentina weren't able to pull off a win but did perform above expectations in their first ever annual tournament and gave both the Springboks and the Wallabies a few serious scares at home. Their inclusion will surely have a massive impact on the standard of rugby in South America.

For the Springboks it wasn't a great tournament, however they did unearth new talent and score a decent amount of tries, with Bryan Habana's against New Zealand voted IRB Try of the Year.

The Wallabies struggled with injuries and off-field controversy but produced when it counted and ended second on the table, with coach Robbie Deans managing to avoid the axe despite many in the country still maintaining that he is the wrong man for the job.

With the help of talented contributor Tim Freudenthal (from Hamburg Exiles), we've put together a video that features the best tries and memorable moments from what was a fantastic tournament.

What did you enjoy most about the inaugural Rugby Championship?

Time: 4:21
Music: Underdog by Kasabien
Note: If the video isn't working in your region, you can try this link

Posted at 1:33 pm | 15 comments

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Adam Ashley-Cooper's try saving superman double tackle

Juan Martin Hernandez's incredible banana-swerve kick

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Martin December 21, 2012 5:43 pm

Really nice video. Highlights of the Tournament: Argentina's team try vs NZ (Lendajo) and Adam Ashley-Cooper's double "tackle" vs SA. Quality stuff. :)

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lg adf December 21, 2012 6:23 pm

come on!!!!!! you show only one try of argentina

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eglionel December 21, 2012 7:20 pm

Actualy two: Landajo and Imohf 's try.

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Ottawa Rugger December 21, 2012 7:04 pm

Quality video, that. My favourite game was Argentina v Australia in the Gold Coast, although South Africa v New Zealand in Johannesburg was also great. I like some of the individual moments like Hernandez's banana kick that I had forgotten about. On the whole, an awesome tournament if you ask me. Can't wait for next year.

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Fullbacks December 21, 2012 7:25 pm

Missing Argentina's try vs Australia when Imhoff runs all 50 m side stepping the Australian flanker and then offloads to Farias Cabello and he scores, I think.

Great video anyway

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Jon December 22, 2012 8:00 am

Possibly because Imhoff actually stepped into touch, which you could see on the replay, and the ref missed. Might have looked silly on the highlights.

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England Rugby December 21, 2012 7:26 pm

Great video, great website. Keep up the excellent work, Rugby fans everywhere really appreciate it.

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donkeyballs4000 December 21, 2012 10:43 pm

Finally some HD footage on Rugbydump! It's a Christmas miracle.
Thanks, guys. Good work.

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DanKnapp December 21, 2012 10:57 pm

Stunning vid. Would love to see another one after the 6 Nations. Kudos to Freudenthal.

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Merja December 22, 2012 12:45 pm

Really great stuff ! RD never disappoints :)

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DE-Bok December 22, 2012 12:57 pm

Can the video be added to dailymotion or vimeo too please. Bloody GEMA here in Germany doesn't allow me to see this on youtube.

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SeaBass December 22, 2012 2:43 pm

Awesome, awesome compilation RD! Enjoyed it thoroughly. Can't wait for the 6Nations edit! Or the excellent Autumn tour.

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FelipeG December 23, 2012 2:59 pm

Brilliant montage!

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