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Rugby HQ's Top 5 Ridiculous Passes of All Time

The passes leading to Tommy Bowe's try against Scotland in the 2008 Six Nations:

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3 Years, 6 Months ago

Wallabies avoid defeat with come from behind win over Argentina


4 Years, 5 Months ago

Manu Tuilagi vs Jean De Villiers in the first Test in Durban

The brush-off by JdV on Tuilagi in the clip reminded me of my favorite moment from the mid-year tests: Rob Kearney shoving SBW to the side as if he weren't a giant of a man.

But that's another story.

I thought the write-up summed it up well. Tuilagi had plenty moments of great play - his battering-ram-brilliance, but nothing that lifted England up to another level or anything. But that's the way things go sometimes.

I was also glad to see de Villiers playing as though he were still in his 20s. I thought he captained his side pretty well.

4 Years, 7 Months ago

Chris Ashton's huge hit on Gio Aplon and Ryan Kankowski's on Thomas Waldrom

who knows what he'll do.

Probably nothing, since that what he's done since all the hype rose up around him last year. Surely there are some more deserving wingers to put in the English squad? Maybe not, I don't know.

4 Years, 8 Months ago

Leinster hold out against Clermont to reach another Heineken Cup final

Given the all-Irish final, does this mean Connacht will be in the Heineken Cup again next year, too?

On another note, I find it unfortunate that Ireland can repeatedly field the top club sides in Europe, but on a national level, they are anything but consistent.

4 Years, 9 Months ago

Bath's Olly Barkley sorts out a transvestite pitch invader

Wonder if it'll be going on his tackling stats for the year...

4 Years, 10 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

I disagree with the last sentence (unfortunately), but I wholeheartedly agree with the first one. I wonder how we could petition to have something like that happen. I doubt Rugbydump could get that done alone, but I wonder if that could get support going for a Heineken Cup vs. Super Rugby championship game.

There aren't many good reasons for it not to happen, either. Yeah, there's the whole delay factor, with the two competitions finishing at separate times, but I bet it could be worked out.

And judging from how well the Super Rugby match played at Twickenham last year did (not phenomenal, but pretty damned good for a less-than-well-advertised, everyday match), I can imagine the turnout for the cross-hemisphere club championship would be pretty terrific.

And, like mise linked to - if they can do an exhibition/practice match like that, why couldn't they do a high-profile championship...

4 Years, 10 Months ago

Jonny Sexton's great pass sets up Brian O'Driscoll try vs Cardiff Blues

I think it's fair to call the Cardiff's defense into question, but what impresses me more about the clip is something that Leinster are one of the best teams at - timing of runs and passes.

Yeah, it's just an inside ball, but the timing of the pass - no look, just pop the ball out - was perfect. The ability to know when your runner is going to be there, when the pass will be made, where the ball is going to end up - it's what any back line strives for, but rarely achieves. And Leinster are terrific at it.

Maybe the play isn't all that spectacular or one-of-a-kind, but it's just a beautifully worked try.

4 Years, 10 Months ago

Jannie Du Plessis slapped with off-field yellow card after starting dust-up

Glad he wasn't suspended or anything too harsh. The penalty was enough, and I guess the "yellow" just tops it off.

Was certainly unexpected watching the match, when all of a sudden there's a brawl involving almost all 30 players. Funny watching McLeod running in there in true scrumhalf fashion, throwing punches at any opposition player in his field of view.

Nothing really wrong with all that - and both sides went back to relatively calm rugby afterwards (save du Plessis, who was a stone in the ref's shoe almost all match).

4 Years, 10 Months ago

Johan Goosen finishes classic Cheetahs try vs the Crusaders

And what's more, I should've known better - because I remember watching the Cheetahs v Crusaders match, because I recall the unusual "I give up" move by Goosen kicking the ball out at 80min, denying the team the chance at a tie game.

4 Years, 10 Months ago