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Aaron Cruden restart kick goes horribly wrong as Toulouse skill makes home crowd erupt

Aaron Cruden restart kick goes horribly wrong as Toulouse skill makes home crowd erupt
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Former All Black Aaron Cruden had a forgettable minute of play in Montpellier’s 27-14 loss against top-of-the-table, Toulouse. The talented fly-half launched what appeared to be a run of the mill restart kick, only to see his counterpart Zach Holmes sliding down behind the posts mere seconds later. 

Cruden was kicking off after a successful Holmes kick at goal. Thanks to some incredible high-flying acrobatics from flanker Francois Cros, the hosts were able to launch a lightning-quick counter-attack that ended with Holmes’s score.

For a brief time, the Toulouse fly-half morphed into a scoring machine, bagging 10 points in roughly three minutes. Later, he added five more for the winning cause.

While Cruden did miss a tackle in cover, there was nothing wrong with his kick as it appears that no less than four of his Montpellier teammates simply overran the play, perhaps assuming the kick had found its way over Cros.

Instead, the catch was brilliantly taken and three passes and a conversion later, seven points were on the board. Brilliant from Toulouse.

Credit: Top 14 – Officiel

5 Comments

  • benny
    11:40 AM 25/02/2019

    "Aaron Cruden restart perfectly placed just outside the 22, only for most of the rest of the team to leave the entire right half of the field open" might be a better headline

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    • rugbydump
      3:50 PM 25/02/2019

      Who knew we had this army of headline writers on standby! :) 

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  • 10stonenumber10
    9:33 AM 25/02/2019

    In all fairness, Cruden didn't do much wrong here. Good restart, he covered 70m and got stepped in the (legal) tackle attempt, but slowed the guy enough for the 6 to bring him down. Is it worth putting in a semi-legal shoulder before they step like Farrell and risking a yellow instead of 7 points? If they didn't score then, they would have scored in the next phase. 

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    • pickay
      10:28 AM 25/02/2019

      Agree with all of the above. Headline could have also been "Aaron Cruden restart perfectly OK as Toulouse skill makes home crowd erupt."

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      • rugbydump
        10:41 AM 25/02/2019
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        True, but it did go horribly wrong, as they scored like 3 seconds later. Brilliant from Toulouse

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