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Monday, October 14, 2013

Dion Berryman scores with incredible finish in the corner against Toulouse

Toulouse got their Heineken Cup campaign off to a solid start with a convincing 38-5 bonus point victory over Zebre at the Stade Ernest Wallon on Friday night. They scored six tries but the most memorable finish of the night went to Zebre's Dion Berryman.

The French giants put the game out of reach in the first half despite Berryman's stunning superman effort early in the second. Three tries in nine minutes got them underway as Zebre looked like they would continue to struggle in Europe, continuing with their poor form from the Pro12.

Yoann Huget finished a stunning effort for the home side after Maxime Medard and Clement Poitrenaud combined to put him away. It was a contender for try of the match, and perhaps the round, but Berryman then produced a piece of magic to get Zebre's only try of the night.

From turnover ball he stepped Medard then shot for the corner and somehow managed to float through the air long enough to get the ball down, while the rest of his body was up and out of play.

We've seen this type of thing in the NRL in Australia before, but this was without a doubt one of the tries of a thoroughly enjoyable opening Heineken Cup weekend.

Yannick Nyanga scored for Toulouse later in the game, but Zebre did well to restrict the hosts from really running away with things. You can view all the match highlights on page two of this post, which includes that great Huget try that is mentioned above.

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Kiwi In Germany October 14, 2013 10:41 am

God I wish there was enough money in NZ rugby to keep players like this at home. What an awesome finisher.

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Gungehammer October 14, 2013 1:24 pm

The reason he's not playing in NZ is that he wasn't good enough to get a Super Rugby contract. In fact he couldn't even make the Western Force.

Looks like he can finish spectacularly though!

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DanKnapp October 14, 2013 12:30 pm

Outstanding skill. That'll be one of the tries of the season, or I'll eat my beret.

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matt October 14, 2013 2:09 pm

Is the flagpole not part of the touch line?

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Guest October 14, 2013 2:13 pm

Of the 60 test match tries Shane Williams scored, probably his greatest was a very similar effort against Scotland in 2008. Worth looking up!

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finedisregard October 14, 2013 3:03 pm

I wonder if he's related to Norm Berryman?

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El_Greco October 14, 2013 4:06 pm

finishes like that are slightly more common in league, but i never tire of seeing them. great stuff

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DanKnapp October 15, 2013 6:33 am

League does seem to lead the way in that regard. I went to uni in Northern England, despite being a Southerner, and was blown away by the skills and professional attitude of the league guys at uni - just a different class. I've always held league in high regard since. Great game to watch.

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DrG October 14, 2013 4:23 pm

I was surprised; as is someone else, at the flagpole not being part of touch :/ Is this a fairly recent change? I recall in the past that the pole was ruled as out?

I seem to remember in the past in some scenarios commentators mentioning while we all awaited a TMO verdict that it was "the tackler" who hit the flagpole so the ball carrier was still "in-play" etc, but now it sounds like it matters not either way? Or is it due to the ball carrier being in the air at the time of contact with the pole?

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Facepalm October 14, 2013 4:39 pm

I don't know the exact date but it was changed a few years ago.

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Kiwi In Germany October 14, 2013 4:41 pm

Yip it's a recent rule. The pole doesn't matter at all anymore. Just the chalk.

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Reality October 14, 2013 5:10 pm

It was one of the famous experimental law variations from a few years back that became the standard in 2009.

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DrG October 14, 2013 7:49 pm

Oh right, cheers, I remember the law variations coming in/being tested, I suppose that was just one of them that doesn't come about all too often - Unlike the "passing back into the 22" law etc..

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MunsterFan October 15, 2013 1:39 am

The best finish I have EVER seen

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Chris October 16, 2013 8:34 pm

What's great is it seems every year players are getting better and better at acrobatic tries like this one. Give it 5 years and superman-style corner touchdowns will be a regular occurrence. Wait until the next generation of players comes through, because I can guarantee kids in the park or in the back yard are practicing this sort of stuff all the time.

If you want to be blown away watch this compilation of corner tries from the last few NRL seasons where it seems to be more common already.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-yP5q_QZMw

Nobody was doing anything like that before the rule change, really.

In the wise words of Gladiator: "Are you not entertained!?"

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