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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Top 5 Intercepts of all time

In the last few weeks we've been treated to a few classic Top 5's from the crew at Rugby HQ in Australia, and here's another. This time it's their choice of the best interceptions, all having taken place in the southern hemisphere.

This category is wide open as there have been so many great, and memorable, intercepts in world rugby over the years, so it's no doubt challenging to come up with just five.

So what Sean Maloney and the guys have done is stick to the southern hemisphere, and gone with five of their favourites from the last fifteen years, all for different reasons.

At the top we've got a shocker from All Black legend Mils Muliaina, as he gifted a try to Chiefs speedster Sosene Anesi in 2005. Then we've got flyer Lwazi Mvovo with his version of an intercept, before we go all the way back to 2001 and Joe Roff against the Lions.

At number two it's the legendary, and youthful looking Stirling Mortlock against the All Blacks in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, setting them up for that classic final against England.

Number one goes to a very good sport who was good enough to have a chat about it, and will also be remembered for another classic moment that has been featured here before. Enjoy.

Which other memorable or significant intercepts would you add to the list?

Time: 3:04
Credit: foxsportsau

Posted at 5:46 pm | 19 comments

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Posted in See it to Believe it, Top 5 compilations

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WelshOsprey March 14, 2013 11:01 pm

Ashton against australia was a great one

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WelshOsprey March 14, 2013 11:03 pm

Just realised ashtons was from a turnover not an intercept

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Elliot March 14, 2013 11:14 pm

Ireland vs Georgia RWC 2007, I dont remember the Georgian try-scorer name
Italy's Kaine Robertson, Scotland vs Italy 6N 2007
Argentina vs South Africa RWC 2007, Du Preez and Habana
A Robbie Fruean intercept in Super 15

and many more..

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sacricketer March 14, 2013 11:14 pm

The Ngwenya vs Habana try started as an intercept and had it all, huge fend, forwards and backs, big looping pass, and then the gas that won Ngwenya a big bucks contract.

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Nathan March 14, 2013 11:18 pm

Yep, I instantly thought about this one too. Too bad it's not in that top 5...

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Will March 14, 2013 11:46 pm

In the oxford vs cambridge u21 game last year a replacement prop made an intercept on his own 5m line and ran the length of the field to score! That was the single greatest intercept ive every seen

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poccio March 15, 2013 6:26 pm

i tried looking for it on the internet but came up with nothing..do you know where we could see it? sounds like it could go in the archives also as a great prop try!

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Will March 17, 2013 6:34 pm

No idea where you could find it but I would suggest asking cambridge or oxford uni rugby clubs if they have videos of the game, was scored by a guy called dean irvine i think, for oxford. Even had the cambridge fans next to me standing and applauding!

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nikos March 15, 2013 12:12 am

Clement Poitrenaud vs Perpignan in 2009 is just magic (giving victory to Toulouse in the last few minutes)
www.lerugbynistere.fr/videos/l-essai-de-filou-de-clement-poitrenaud-contre-l-usap.php

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incan March 15, 2013 12:40 am

'not intercepting much of anything these days except cheeseburgers and some scooners' hhaahahahahahah

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Facepalm March 15, 2013 1:41 am

Ugo Monye's for the lions is certainly up there. Also I remember Fourie Du Preez doing a great one against Argentina in the '07 World Cup.

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Nico7777 March 15, 2013 3:57 am

Todeschini's interception against England, was the first argentinean win in Twickenham, that's a big one right there!

Cheers!

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eric March 15, 2013 3:04 pm

This is genius, no matter which particular intercepts are there! Great video!!

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RamRugby10 March 15, 2013 8:44 pm

MATT DUNNING! Repping Berowra, New South Wales baby! Ata' boy Matty!

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Seagrove March 15, 2013 11:27 pm

I don't know why but when a prop makes more than 10 meters in the modern game my eyes light up. And and interception or kick is even better!

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DrG March 17, 2013 4:49 am

Bet you enjoyed the French prop running today then :D

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