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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Young Prop Dean Irvine scores 90 meter intercept try

This is a quick look at a pretty amazing try scored by replacement prop Dean Irvine in last year's Oxford vs Cambridge Under 21 match at Twickenham. Oxford won 31-17.

Two week's ago we posted Rugby HQ's Top Five Intercepts Of All Time and some of you left comments linking to other great tries. One such comment mentioned an incredible intercept try scored last year by a prop of all people, so after a bit of a discussion and some digging, here it is.

The try was scored by Oxford's Dean Irvine, who admittedly looks as though he's yet to fill out, but showed serious toe after intercepting, snuffing out Cambridge's three-man overlap.

Irvine ran the full length of the pitch and maintained his impressive speed before diving in under the sticks for what was not only a fantastic intercept, but a brilliant sprint and finish by a front rower.

Thanks to Will who first brought this classic moment up in the comments

Posted at 5:33 pm | 18 comments

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Canadian content March 27, 2013 1:10 am

Prop, wing, backrow, whatever, that was an impressive pick off and run back. The guy might not be adam jones, when it comes to size, but he still plays prop for cambridge u21, so he must be pretty solid, so his pace is impressuve. that being said, most centres run about 100 kilos nowadays, hell lots of wings do as well.

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BIG FAN March 27, 2013 1:19 am

Was that THE Tom Hudson almost scoring?

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Guest March 27, 2013 3:03 am

He plays for Oxford, not Cambridge - get that wrong at your peril!!

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DanKnapp March 27, 2013 7:46 am

Pah, a try scored for the fatties on a technicality. He's definitely not fat enough to prop. That's what I hate about the modern game - it's corrupting the youth. Sad to see an U21 prop without so much as a single spare-tire. I'm writing to the Front Row Union.

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MisterDavid March 27, 2013 1:07 pm

Too right, he should be ashamed.

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cheyanqui March 27, 2013 4:21 pm

During the post-match interview they asked him if he was going to have a pint and a meat pie after the match.

He said that he was a vegetarian teetotaller.

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CEO Front Row Union March 27, 2013 11:47 pm

Of course he's a prop .... he ran out of puff after 60mtrs

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stroudos March 28, 2013 10:06 pm

Thirteen and a half stones on the hoof. Doesn't really have the same ring to it, does it!

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BlueBoy March 27, 2013 10:52 am

Shame that the the clip didn't start 15 seconds earlier... From the scrum on about halfway, great move by the Cambridge midfield to put winger Hudson away on a 40m run. I guess it was Oxford who edited this out and not RugbyDump.com!
Let's see the passage of play from the scrum please, Rugbydump!

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Guest March 27, 2013 3:49 pm

Not really the point of the video mate

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BlueBoy March 27, 2013 6:52 pm

sorry Guest, you're right. You should only applaud the good play from your own side, and ignore or boo the opposition's... I must remember to teach that to the next generation!!!!
#rugby=sportsmanship

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grow up March 27, 2013 7:35 pm

this isn't a highlights reel to indulge a move in an average level game! it's been uploaded as he is a prop and, no disrespect meant, you wouldn't expect a prop to be scoring from that distance and given the interceptions reel the other week this seemed relevant.

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CEO Front Row Union March 27, 2013 11:50 pm

Did Cambridge score ?? NO ... Was it a Prop ?? NO ..... Harden up princess

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STT March 28, 2013 1:06 pm

I agree with this comment, the editing was poor. It didn't even show the final score! Of any of the Varsity Matches at Twickenham that day. Good 40m run though! Whoever Hudson is.

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cheyanqui March 27, 2013 8:21 pm

Different oval ball code -- but this play from James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Superbowl a few years ago is a good reminder of how special it is when a fat man runs..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM1iXHY8s9o

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Guy March 28, 2013 9:37 am

Or you can search for 'fat man running' on youtube and find some clips that have got exactly the same to do with rugby...nothing.

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zulle March 31, 2013 8:42 pm

At least this prop won't need to exaggerate the length of run in when in the bar in later life!!! I have seen this player before at school boy level when playing for Wallace High School. The coaches nicknamed him the cat as he had a habit of executing clever intercepts and out sprinting the oppositon!! Good to see a young player use his head and read a defensive situation well

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