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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Otago score unbelievable set piece try in opening round of ITM Cup

The ITM Cup in New Zealand is only in week one and we've already seen some top quality tries, with this from the Otago another contender for Try of the Season. It's probably not far fetched to say that it could be the best set piece try you see all year.

Otago will take momentum into their Ranfurley Shield Challenge match against Counties Manukau after a solid 28-14 victory over North Harbour in round one. They held the Log 'O Wood for just one week last year, so will be in confident mood as they head to Pukekohe.

Young star Tevita Li scored the opening try of the game for North Harbour, but Otago came back with a dazzling effort themselves off the back of a well rehearsed move.

Some neat passing in the midfield freed up former New Zealand u20 Player Fa'asiu Fuatai, who stepped the last man beautifully before diving over. It was his first of two tries on the day.

Despite scoring what was arguably the try of the game, Tony Brown was critical of missed chances.

"We are always trying to score tries. It looked like we were going to score 10 tries and we only got three. We have to be a bit more clinical and take those try-scoring opportunities," the coach said.

Will we see a better set piece try this season? It's going to have to be helluva good to beat this.

Posted at 3:57 pm | 5 comments

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MK August 21, 2014 8:37 pm

Epic try!!! Set piece tries a 'Top 5' theme? Surely Leinster's try against bath a few seasons ago in the Heineken Cup would feature also...

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Gonzoman August 21, 2014 9:01 pm

I had to watch that a half dozen times to figure out what the heck happened! Great set piece.

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DrG August 21, 2014 9:03 pm

That was an awesome move...

I can see it now... someone is going to try an emulate that and get absolutely SMASHED!

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Joe Ridec August 22, 2014 9:19 pm

Great try, but seeing something like this I always wonder why the pro teams don't have many more moves like this in their gameplan (a bit like American Football). You'd guess they have plenty of time to train them.

Most attacking rugby, definitely here in the Northern Hemisphere can be so one dimensional.

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Jeri August 23, 2014 1:23 pm

Broken play in rugby is usually too chaotic for the planned move you see in American Football, and the opposition simply don't wait for you to snap the ball.

You tend to see these moves more often from line-outs or scrums, where each team actually have time for a bit of a huddle.

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