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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Julian Savea's incredible full speed pick-up and try vs the Waratahs

Julian Savea scored two fantastic tries against the Waratahs on Saturday as the Hurricanes powered to a 41-29 victory at home. Power is usually the name of the game with Savea, but the rookie's second try showed that he has plenty of skill too.

Round 8 of Super Rugby featured some great tries and dramatic finishes, but for many Savea's bit of skill is what stood out as one of the magic moment's of the weekend.

Last month we saw the young All Black smashing the Crusaders all over the park, including putting in a big tackle on Robbie Fruean, and bouncing off Israel Dagg on the way to the tryline.

Against the Waratahs he kept up that form, scoring a great try in the first half as he easily outsprinted Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper after Conrad Smith put him into space.

In the second half he scored again, this time chasing a kick ahead that bobbled around before he swooped on it and snatched it from three Waratahs players. At full tilt he managed to grab it and swerve infield, almost side-stepping the players, before he even had the ball.

Great players make the impossible look simple. At this stage, with 12 Test tries in just 9 matches, and making this kind of impact each weekend, Savea is looking like the real deal.

View all the match highlights, including his first try and a superb prop try by Reg Goodes, here.
All Round 8 Highlights can be viewed in our archived Super Rugby section

Posted by Rugbydump at 2:27 pm | View Comments (11)

Posted in Great Tries, See it to Believe it

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juan April 09, 2013 7:53 pm

look for roncero´s tackle over savea in the rugby championship last year.....amazing! we will miss you roro!

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FatProp April 09, 2013 9:05 pm

cant wait for the future all blacks backline in about 3 years
9. Perenara
10. cruden
11. savea
12. Fruean
13. Ranger
14. Halai
15. Dagg/ piutau

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stroudos April 09, 2013 9:44 pm

Well that doesn't look very fair for the rest of the world. Give us a bloody chance!

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paimoe April 09, 2013 10:43 pm

Add SBW off the bench to have an "All-line-breaking" back line. Fun to watch although probably lose

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Jeri April 10, 2013 10:45 am

I'm sure Gear deserves a spot in there.

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ruckinmaul April 10, 2013 10:58 am

I don't think Fruean is a test rugby player. He never perform in a big match. As for Perenara, he is yet to be the same level as Aaron Smith nor Tawera Kerr-Barlow. Especially his decision making.

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paimoe April 09, 2013 10:40 pm

Savea had such a great debut season (12 tries in 9 tests) that I'm excited for how he'll be this year.

With a full season under his belt, as well as tasting a loss and a close one against Ireland, I'm half betting half hoping he'll just destroy this year.

I can't remember a NZ winger start this good since Rokocoko who turned out to be a pretty useful player.

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eddie-george April 09, 2013 11:39 pm

This is NZ rugby in a nutshell. I'm a pretty hardened Bok supporter, but you can't not appreciate how NZ improve their players.

Last season, Savea was big and fast but he his handling was ordinary. His positional play was also a bit iffy. But a run in the ABs and now with another season at the Canes underway, and everything that could be improved in his game has. Heckuva player, I thought last year he might get a bit exposed at international level, not any more though.

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JB April 10, 2013 7:18 am

Good to see a player wearing black boots.

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DrG April 10, 2013 1:19 pm

I need to find the elixir that he spawned from..

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browner April 10, 2013 5:38 pm

6'4" , 240lb, 22, whats he got going for him?

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