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Monday, May 06, 2013

Colin Slade finishes brilliant Highlanders team try against the Sharks

The Highlanders scored one of the tries of the season as they picked up their long overdue first win of the 2013 Super Rugby campaign. They beat the Sharks 25-22 on Saturday in a match that produced a thrilling second half of rugby.

Dunedin breathed a sigh of relief after eighty-odd minutes that resulted in the Highlanders' first victory in 12 games, the longest losing streak by any New Zealand franchise.

It was a special occasion for Brad Thorn, who was playing his 100th game of Super Rugby, after playing 92 for the Crusaders before making the move back from Dublin to join the Highlanders.

He ended the game off the field after having been yellow carded under relentless pressure from the Sharks, but it was all smiles at the final whistle, well into added time, as Hosea Gear smashed Keegan Daniel five meters out as the visitors came with wave after wave of attack.

"I've got to say, I haven't been that excited for just a round-robin game in my whole career. It was a massive moment," delighted 37-year-old Thorn said post match.

Each side scored three tries, all of high quality, but Colin Slade landed an extra penalty, proving the difference. It was Slade who crossed earlier in the game for a sensational try, following a great break from Ben Smith and some superb support play by prop Chris King.

The Sharks scored a great try themselves, from the restart, including multiple phases of play and about five minutes of possession, but this one from Slade was without a doubt the try of the match. 

View the Sharks try that was scored by Meyer Bosman here

The Sharks try scored by Meyer Bosman directly after Colin Slade's. This one started at the restart, then went back and forth for five minutes before Bosman finally dived over. Completely different to Slade's try, but also very enjoyable to watch. 

Posted at 9:19 am | 18 comments

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Basil May 06, 2013 2:20 pm

Great try! Hope the Highlanders can kick on from this win.

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TechnoMouse May 06, 2013 3:57 pm

Ha, 2 great quotes in here as well. Firstly, Steve Walsh's "don't you...!" after the first scrum. And then Justin Marshall's "I'm out of breath, you take over!". Brilliant.

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Ottawa Rugger May 06, 2013 6:59 pm

I love it when refs scold players like they're delinquent schoolchildren. Really puts them in their place :)

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Tobo May 06, 2013 4:54 pm

What a beauty of a blind pass to complete the loop! Magical!

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Jeri May 07, 2013 11:20 am

Word! That no-look pass from Aaron Smith was poetry in motion

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FoXtroT May 06, 2013 5:00 pm

Now the only thing that has had a bit irritated about this try is that was there not an obstruction leading up to it?

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Ottawa Rugger May 06, 2013 7:00 pm

Agreed, noticed that as well. It looked like Thorn may have been tackled by JP Petersen before he completed the pass to Slade. However, it didn't really look like Petersen was going in for the tackle so it may have been inconsequential. Maybe that's why play was allowed to carry on.

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browner May 07, 2013 6:03 pm

The Blue player wasn't even looking in pietersen's direction, so IMO any obstruction was accidental at worst & immaterial at best.

great advert for variety of angles & how to 'fully commit a defender just before you offload

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FoXtroT May 06, 2013 5:07 pm

Oh and my gosh was Steve Walsh useless, he missed so many infringements on both sides it was farcial.

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Moseley007 May 06, 2013 6:23 pm

I must have been watching a different game, the one where Colin slade missed 3 penalty kick, 2 hitting the post and 1 sprayed from dead set right in front 25 out. Colin slade nearly cost the highlanders the game, at this level most coaches and team mates would expect more, consistency!

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Ottawa Rugger May 06, 2013 7:03 pm

I love the wordless communication between the Highlanders players. That's a true mark of skill. Knowing your fellow teammates and their speed/abilities/etc can make for some devastating offense. Really impressive.

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Matt matt May 07, 2013 8:58 am

Fuck, refering is so bad in south emisphere. Sharks just kept on jumping above the ruck, like in a swimming pool, they should stay on there feet.

Obviously offense is really impressive in this championship, but i mean, ofcourse it is, since the ref doesnt take any decision against the attacking team...

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Jono May 08, 2013 1:59 am

Well we kick the crap out of the northern hemisphere national teams too, so how do you explain that, troll?

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TisE May 07, 2013 9:51 am

Oh dear, the usual comments along the lines of "What terrific rugby, it must be the ref's fault, how dare they all carry on like that!". You've gotta laugh.
The assumption is that because Walsh lets an occasional infringement go then he must have missed it. No, he probably saw it but decided that it had no effect on the run of play. Most of the ruck work was entirely legit, and as always there were some dodgy moves too, but it's pointless to stop the game every time someone goes off his feet while cleaning out. It happens all the time in both hemispheres and such an attitude by refs would just kill the game stone dead. Often the ball is already won and the next phase is about to start, let them play. If he needs to, the ref can have a little word on the run to keep a player honest. Walsh refs like that and that's why he's one of the best. I watched this whole enjoyable hard-fought game and I don't think he missed much at all.

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FoXtroT May 07, 2013 10:18 am

WHAT! are you high? Walsh missed tons from both sides, knock ons, offsides, hands in ruck it was flippen ridiculous.

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TisE May 07, 2013 12:04 pm

High?.. nope, wish I was. But going by the comments that so often appear here you'd think that, for some people, most great rugby is somehow due to the supposed incompetence of the ref.. I don't buy it. Walsh is not perfect, no ref is, but in this game he mostly got it right and made the calls that mattered. I'm glad you weren't reffing it, neither of these terrific, well deserved tries would've got scored.

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christoph May 07, 2013 1:05 pm

Ca c est le rugby que j aime !!!

Poetry in motion u une bonne bouffe bien arose ou tout s enchaine avec magie !!!

Vive le rugby !!!!

Allez les bleus !

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faltering fullback May 11, 2013 12:11 am

rod davies first try against the sharks <3

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