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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super Rugby 2014

It was a massive weekend for rugby as the Six Nations drew to an exciting finale, but domestic rugby also took place around the world, including down south, where Super Rugby's Round 5 produced some fantastic match ups and excellent tries. Here are some of the best. 

A mixed bag this week, including a controversial decision that went the way of the Lions, and brilliant individual efforts from Test stars Beauden Barrett and Israel Folau.

Other tries featured here were scored by Gio Aplon, Phillip van der Walt, and Coenie Van Wyk.

Posted at 1:32 pm | 24 comments

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Drogers93 March 19, 2014 4:30 pm

That decision to give the try in the lions vs blues match is quite frankly appauling. How can someone be put in the position of TMO if they do not have a very good understanding of the laws of rugby.
Missing forward passes, or judging a tackle wrongly is a forgivable mistake by refs or TMOs but something as clear and obvious as that is just stupid.

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Herman Munster March 19, 2014 11:15 pm

Yes he dropped the ball, but onto his boot, technically he kicked it forward. As his supporting players were behind him, they were onside to touch it down and the try was legal. Where's the confusion.

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Full Back March 20, 2014 1:18 pm

well Herman, the confusion at this point is whether or not you're being ironic.
Let's say you're being serious for a sec...
The ref said it was knocked back by white...as far as I can see that's not what happened.
As for the "kick", if you lose control of the ball it doesn't matter what it hits after, a kick is a kick, dropping the ball is dropping the ball.
So at this stage let's just say you were having a laugh....lol good one! ;)

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Eddie-g March 19, 2014 5:22 pm

Benji Marshall scored a great try in that Lions game, no idea how it isn't one of the top 5.

The TMO decision was ridiculous. The ball wasn't grounded properly, the only question after that was whether the it was a high tackle in which it should have been a penalty try. But it wasn't that either, so all in all, an epic screw up, and possibly very costly for the Blues.

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TechnoMouse March 19, 2014 7:44 pm

Israel Folau. Unbelievable.

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Herman Munster March 19, 2014 11:17 pm

He's going to run amok in the next world cup.

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Fitzy March 19, 2014 8:05 pm

Agreed Benji's try was worth a mention

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Tommo March 19, 2014 8:42 pm

Definitely not a try for the Lions there, but definitely should have been a penalty try anyway. The Blues player covering from the left (as the final replay shows it) clearly took the Lions player around the neck. If that's not a high tackle then nothing is. In other news, how good is Israel Folau?!!

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FatProp March 19, 2014 9:06 pm

Too good for my liking

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FatProp March 19, 2014 9:08 pm

Conrad Smith slipped off the tackle on Le Roux which he won't be happy with but scored a try on his 100th Super rugby game I think it was ?

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bnations March 19, 2014 9:47 pm

On the Lions try, I think that the TMO got it right. Granted, we don't have very good replays to judge from compared to what the TMO worked with, but it looked to me like the ball actually came off the Lions' player's foot and was subsequently grounded by another Lions player. Weird but definitely a try.

Oh, and I would have given a penalty try for the high tackle alone, so they got it right either way.

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Herman Munster March 19, 2014 11:18 pm

I agree on both counts.

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muli-bolo March 20, 2014 12:26 am

I can't really see it properly but that last lions try, for those of you saying it that off his foot as he dropped it.. He still dropped it as I think the ruling is you have to have control over the ball before dropping it to the foot so should have been knock on. Or penalty try whichever you prefer... But also pretty boring video considering all the tries scored over the weekend

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breakaway March 20, 2014 2:07 am

On the SuperXV.com site the full replay of the TMO process clearly shows the ball hitting the ground before the Lions' player's foot hits it, so the "he kicked it" option is not valid. Not that it ever was, in my opinion. It also shows the tackler's arm going across the front of the chest with no ripping action on the ball, and it is clearly not a high tackle. I agree with the SA commentators who are all dismayed by the decision .. and with SANZAR who now say this...
SANZAR Referees Boss Lyndon Bray: "Lions #13 is carrying the ball and about to attempt to score a try. Blues #11 effects a tackle and Lions #13 loses possession as a result. While the Blues player does jolt the ball out of his possession, he is not trying to deliberately 'rip the ball' out of the player's possession. The onus is on the ball carrier to maintain possession while being tackled. Therefore, this should have been ruled as a knock on and subsequently, no try."

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stroudos March 20, 2014 7:38 am

"he is not trying to deliberately 'rip the ball' out of the player's possession"

I must have missed a law change somewhere along the line.
Since when are you not allowed to rip the ball from the player's possession?
Always thought dislodging the ball from the player's grasp is a good additional thing to try and achieve in a tackle.

What about this classic tackle by Caucau on O'Driscoll:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2he7_lwJs4

I always thought that was an awesome covering tackle.
By the rationale above, it would presumably be penalised?
I think that would be ridiculous.



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breakaway March 20, 2014 7:50 am

He is not saying it would be illegal to rip the ball out, he means that if the ball was deliberately ripped out then there would be a case for saying the Blues player knocked it back, rather than the Lions player knocking it on. But because there is no clear ripping action, the onus is on the Lions player to maintain possession in the tackle.

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stroudos March 20, 2014 10:56 am

Aha, I see. Thanks for clearing that up.

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Jon March 20, 2014 7:04 am

There was no way that Lions try should have stood.
Both the Blues and the Reds got screwed over repeatedly by the refs in South Africa last weekend. Maybe it's time to bring back neutral refs, because there were definitely some home town decisions in those games.

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Computer says no March 20, 2014 3:19 pm

You speak as if Ozzie and NZ Refs have a stellar record of making good decisions against SA teams. Let's not go there!

Yes these decisions have been poor, but it's hardly anything new. Only difference is this time the poor decisions have been favoring SA teams.

How about, let's just get better referees. Some of the TMO decisions in this year's competition have been shooocking!

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Jon March 23, 2014 12:35 pm

Well the Reds got downright robbed by one of the most one sided reffing performances in Super Rugby history. 17-4 penalty count against them, 2-0 free kick count against them. two of their players sent off, a blatantly skewed line out throw (the thrower even thought it wasn't straight) for the Lions to get their try, and the ref wouldn't give them a scrum penalty even though they had driven the Lion's scrum backwards and the Lions front row stood up (he decided to just reset the scrum and give the Lions the feed).
Nick Mallet, former Springbok player and coach, said "My feeling was that Berry was very flustered in the end and he was only looking at the Reds errors. He penalised the Reds with four minutes to go at a scrum which was never a penalty. He then allowed a skew lineout throw. It was a shocking performance.”

Guess who the ref was? Same guy who awarded the try in this game.
Neutral refs. Way, way too many home town decisions in South Africa when there are South African refs. It's so blatant, it's almost like they are getting paid off.

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Computer says no March 24, 2014 1:51 am

Guess you missed the Cheetahs vs Blues game. The Argentinian ref (neutral supposedly) overruled the TMO, gave away a shocking try and a yellow card.

There's no such thing as a neutral ref. It's either a good ref or a bad ref.
Oz and NZ refs are not "Neutral" to SA teams anyway.

And Northern hemisphere refs? Having flashbacks to Poite...

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Jon March 24, 2014 11:44 pm

A neutral ref would be a Saffer for NZ vs Aus games, an Aussie for Nz vs SA games and a Kiwi for SA vs Aus games.
Obviously.
It's not only about justice, it's about being seen to be just.
If you have neutral refs you eliminate the problem of bias. Then you can confidently say that there was no bias, the refs were just terrible.
This Berry guy is a fuckin joke.

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katman March 20, 2014 2:02 pm

Israel Folau is next level.

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alasdairduncan3 March 20, 2014 3:56 pm

New Lions Prop in the crowd at 2:13?

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