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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Marcelo Bosch takes over from Owen Farrell to land huge penalty kick

Marcelo Bosch played his part as Saracens extended their lead at the top of the Aviva Premiership table by beating Northampton Saints 28-24 on Sunday. Bosch scored one of three tries, but this massive penalty from about 58m out impressed the most.

It's not the biggest ever seen - Francois Steyn of the Sharks did the same thing twice at the weekend - but the casual strike from Bosch and the way it sailed through was something to behold.

Argentine Bosch took over from Farrell when the long distance kick opportunity arose. The England flyhalf didn't emerge after half time, instead ending up on crutches with a foot injury.

"Owen Farrell will resume training towards the end of this week," said a Saracens statement today.

"The Saracens and England fly-half sustained a foot injury during the match against Northampton Saints on Sunday, but scans have indicated no serious damage."

You can view the official highlights wrap on the next page, which includes Bosch's try and another look at the 58m kick. It also features a fantastic team effort that was eventually finished by flanker Kelly Brown, after hooker Schalk Brits handled the ball twice and carved up the midfield.

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Posted at 11:21 am | 13 comments

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JamietheMassiveRugby April 15, 2014 4:00 pm

Laws of physics say you can do that

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DrG April 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Would like to see a better view of him kicking the ball if/when it becomes available.. But a wonderful monster kick :D

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Rugbyplayer April 15, 2014 9:13 pm

This is one of the main reasons why I think penalty kicks should be reduced from three points to two. Nowadays top teams have kickers who can kick points from nearly anywhere on the park, driving the scoreline-significance of penalties up and scoring tries down. This is one of very few things I think League does better than Union.

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Dex April 16, 2014 12:49 am

Hardly any teams have players who can do this regularly, Bosch misses a heckload of long range shots for the Pumas which is why I was surprised he actually got this one. (Nicely too..)

The points are given because of a penalty, no matter where on the field it happens. They're not worth more than three if they're in the 22 (unless it's a penalty try but hey) the penalty is fine as it is. Otherwise we'll have fouls everywhere

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FatProp April 16, 2014 11:15 am

Yeah this debate has happened for a while, I think it's fine as it is. How many times do you see teams giving away penalty after penalty because it's only 3 points, you reduce it down too 2 points and you can give away 3 penalties before it becomes a problem. A better way of doing it is either increasing points given too tries or yellow cards given more frequently for repeat infringements.

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Phill April 16, 2014 6:14 am

We have seen longer kicks, Paul Thorburn in 1988, without a kicking tee, the commentator exaggerated a bit " you cannot do that"

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Tom April 16, 2014 8:44 am

Agreed.

Players kick from 50+ metres fairly regularly now... I'm not sure why the commentator thought it was so special.
It's impressive, but there are quite a number of guys who can kick from this sort of distance.

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matt April 16, 2014 3:10 pm

I think the reaction from the commentator was because of the contrast between his very care-free and casual kicking style and the significant distance achieved, rather than just the extreme range.

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Dazza April 16, 2014 9:57 am

I was at the game, and what amazed me the most was that he kicked it so nonchalantly. As if he was passing a football to a kid in a playground. It looked like he side footed it with barely any effort at all. I would love to see how far he could kick it if he had to put some effort in.

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DrG April 17, 2014 10:18 pm

If he kicks anything like me then putting in 110% effort into a kick will make it go about 5-10 metres distance in total and sideways with probably about half a metre of height gained at it's peak....

It's the ones that I don't even'try for before training that sail beautifully over with distance to spare...

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FatProp April 16, 2014 11:19 am

He has a great boot on him, and if he was in South Africa he would have even more distance on his kicks. His style is beautiful aswell because he doesn't force it, you see some players try kicks from 45-55m and they come well short of what they can normally do because they try their hardest to smack the leather off the ball. This kick must have gone 65m.

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Juggernauter April 16, 2014 7:45 pm

Amazing. Probably one of the best outside centres in world rugby nowadays. And always looks so chilled haha.

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Colombes April 18, 2014 10:14 am

Good kick
But nowadays, u've got many kickers who can achieve these 50-60m penalties
Few years ago, it was a sort of breakfast exercise for a guy like Beauxis

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