Step and unbelievable dummy sets up try


Ben Tameifuna massive fend on huge prop


Prop lays into fullback with big shot


Rugby's first ever OWN TRY in NRC


Springboks edge All Blacks in thriller


Samu Manoa Huge Hit on Billy Twelvetrees


Ben Flower red card for vicious punches


Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone, plays on


Ludovic Mercier crazy reverse pass

Monday, May 05, 2014

Seven of the Best Tries PLUS Highlights from the Glasgow Sevens

The story of the Glasgow 7's was Scotland's great run in front of the home fans, as well as the historic performance by Canada, who reached the Cup Final for the first time ever. In the end it was all about New Zealand though. Here are seven of the best tries scored over the weekend, as well as highlights from both days, including the finals.

New Zealand were ruthless in the Cup Final on Sunday as they brushed aside the challenge of a valiant Canadian side, who had done their country proud to make it that far.

The All Blacks Sevens side were simply too strong however and run away 54-7 winners.

The leg victory gave them their 50th IRB Sevens Cup title in 15 years, and they go 19 points clear of second place South Africa in the standings, with one leg still to play (in London).

Canada reached the final after beating Scotland 10-7, disappointing the home crowd but earning a few fans of their own after some impressive performances from the likes of John Moonlight, and of course Conor Trainor, who scored that incredible try against France.

Next week's hosts England claimed the Plate, while France took the bowl and Wales, the Shield.

London is the final leg and it's been announced that the first day at Twickenham is actually sold out already, with 75 000 tickets having been sold. Tickets remain for day two however.

Below you can see Seven of the Best Tries from the weekend, and then on pages two and three you can view highlights from Day One and Day Two at Scotstoun. To navigate, simply click the page numbers below the video, or use you can also click View All to view everything on one page.

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Rugby HQ Plays of the Month from April 2014

Rugby HQ's Plays of the Month are back with another excellent segment that wraps up the good, the bad and the ugly from Super Rugby in the month of April. This one features some outstanding tries in particular, as well as a few highly comical moments.

The big hits are there in abundance too, and switching away from Super Rugby for a bit, there's a very quick look at that much spoken about incident in the American Samoa 7's tournament..

You can view February and March in the Related Posts below, and all other Shortball and previous Plays of the Week clips, dating back a few years, in the Plays of the Week category archive

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Canadian Conor Trainor's sublime foot control at the Glasgow Sevens

With some of the most gifted players in world rugby taking part, the World Sevens Series is a platform to showcase some great skills. Speed and stepping are often at the forefront, but as seen here, footballing ability goes a long way too.

Against France on Day One of the Glasgow Sevens, Trainer was on the end of a drifting pass that was out just a bit too far in front of him. Rather that reach down and possibly risk knocking it on, he did what any incredibly talented player would do - casually controlled and flicked it up with his foot.

He then outran the defence, and glided inside one of France's best players, Terry Bouhraoua.

The last time we saw something similar to this in the Sevens was when Wales' Tom Grabham did pretty much the exact same thing against Argentina in 2012, also in Glasgow funnily enough.

On the Test scene Simon Zebo, as mentioned in this clip, did it in the Six Nations with a backheel against two years ago, but it could probably be argued that both Grabham and Trainer's moments were more impressive and required more control. Football gurus can debate that though.

In last year's Six Nations Vincent Clerc volleyed a crosskick in-field to nearly set up a try against Scotland, and back in 2009 Lionel Beauxis produced one of the most sublime bits of skill seen on a rugby field, as he volleyed and controlled the ball with ease against Bath.

Dimitri Yachvili has also backheeled a pass to set up a try before, and last year Munster's Rohan O'Mahony flicked the ball up to James Coughlan to set up a try. There was all sorts of debate about whether that was intentional or not, so you can take a look and add your two cents on that post.

The theme with all of these efforts is that while size, physicality and fitness as so key to rugby these days, there's still place and appreciation for the showman, and those with incredible skill.

Enjoy Trainer's effort below, and the other moments mentioned in the Related Posts below that

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Friday, May 02, 2014

Tom Court shown straight red card for tip tackle on Devin Toner

Ulster prop Tom Court was shown a straight red card in tonight's RaboDirect PRO12 match between Ulster and Leinster at Ravenhill. Court was part of a double tackle on 6ft11 Ireland lock Toner, and appeared to drive him to the ground as Toner twisted.

Prop Court and hooker Rob Herring made the tackle and lifted Toner before - as we've seen on previous occasions - the tackled player turned, and in the process the tackle outcome changed. That's the way it looked anyway, and unfortunately he landed face flat in the turf.

Former Ireland international Paul Wallace tweeted about his frustration with the decision.

"He's gone above the horizontal, and he's landed on his neck. I've got no option but a red card," explained referee Luke Pearce, much to Ulster captain Johan Muller's annoyance.

"You are joking," could be heard twice, as Court seemed to say something like "Please Sir... I let him go in the air," trying to indicate that there was no malice involved.

Malicious or not, Toner landed terribly and with the laws the way they are - to protect players in the tackle - the referee was correct in saying that he had no option but to give a red card.

UPDATE: Leinster won the match 22-20 after a tight finish. Court tweeted the following to Toner:

In another controversial incident, Rob Kearney was yellow carded for a high tackle on Paddy Jackson as the Ulster flyhalf sprinted in for a try. You can see that on page two off this post.

UPDATE: Court has been suspended for 2 weeks. You can read the full press release here

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The Shortball from Rugby HQ - Round 11

Ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby action, here is a catch up on what went down in round 11 of play, with some excellent tries scored around New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. There's also a few great celebrations from the Cheetahs, and a falcon of course. Thanks as always to Fox Sports

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Zebre upset Ospreys with dramatic last gasp try in PRO12 clash

Italian team Zebre beat Welsh side Ospreys with a dramatic finale to their RaboDirect PRO12 match last night. Guglielmo Palazzani's late try helped them claim a famous 30-27 victory at home. The win is their second in succession for the first time this season, following their defeat of Edinburgh.

The last gasp try helped Zebre to move above Treviso on the Pro 12 standings, and give the loyal home support something to cheer about after having trailed 27-16 at one point in the match.

Tries were scored for Zebre by Giovanbattista Venditti, Brendan Leonard and Palazzani.

You can view highlights above, and a longer look at the final try over on page two

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

BYU score great try after neat passing and huge charge from Paul Lasike

This great try comes from the (USA) Varsity Cup Semi Final and the BYU Cougar's 60-0 drubbing of Navy in Utah on Saturday. After two great flick passes in the build up, Paul Lasike demolished the hapless Navy fullback to score from a powerful run.

Lasike joined BYU to play rugby but he soon got noticed and was actually recruited to give American Football a try. He is now a formidable running back when not playing rugby.

"They were interested in me," Lasike said a few years back. "They gave me a locker, they gave me an opportunity to prove myself. You know, I wasn't coming on to be a superstar or anything. They were interested in my athletic abilities, simply my athletic abilities."

Having grown up in New Zealand, rugby is in his blood but being able to play both sports means he can contribute where possible, as he did in no uncertain terms at the weekend after coming on as a replacement for injured centre Jared Whippy.

Lasike was part of the move before a neat behind-the-back pass from Jonathan Linehan set up Joe Nicholls, who offloaded nicely in contact. Lasike did the rest, shrugging off the Navy fullback without any need for a fend or hand off. That's what happens if you go high on a big guy.

With the win, BYU (Brigham Young University) advanced to their second successive Varsity Cup Final where they will meet last years finalists, the California Golden Bears, this coming Saturday. BYU won last year's final 27-24 with a dramatic last-minute drop goal.

Photo: Paul Meyers

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