Monday May 6, 2013 Colin Slade finishes brilliant Highlanders team try against the Sharks

Colin Slade finishes brilliant Highlanders team try against the Sharks
11
Comments

The Highlanders scored one of the tries of the season as they picked up their long overdue first win of the 2013 Super Rugby campaign. They beat the Sharks 25-22 on Saturday in a match that produced a thrilling second half of rugby.

Dunedin breathed a sigh of relief after eighty-odd minutes that resulted in the Highlanders’ first victory in 12 games, the longest losing streak by any New Zealand franchise.

It was a special occasion for Brad Thorn, who was playing his 100th game of Super Rugby, after playing 92 for the Crusaders before making the move back from Dublin to join the Highlanders.

He ended the game off the field after having been yellow carded under relentless pressure from the Sharks, but it was all smiles at the final whistle, well into added time, as Hosea Gear smashed Keegan Daniel five meters out as the visitors came with wave after wave of attack.

“I’ve got to say, I haven’t been that excited for just a round-robin game in my whole career. It was a massive moment,” delighted 37-year-old Thorn said post match.

Each side scored three tries, all of high quality, but Colin Slade landed an extra penalty, proving the difference. It was Slade who crossed earlier in the game for a sensational try, following a great break from Ben Smith and some superb support play by prop Chris King.

The Sharks scored a great try themselves, from the restart, including multiple phases of play and about five minutes of possession, but this one from Slade was without a doubt the try of the match. 

View the Sharks try that was scored by Meyer Bosman here

The Sharks try scored by Meyer Bosman directly after Colin Slade’s. This one started at the restart, then went back and forth for five minutes before Bosman finally dived over. Completely different to Slade’s try, but also very enjoyable to watch. 

11 Comments

  •  falteringfullback
    falteringfullback

    rod davies first try against the sharks <3

    Reply
  •  browner
    browner

    The Blue player wasn't even looking in pietersen's direction, so IMO any obstruction was accidental at worst & immaterial at best. great advert for variety of angles & how to 'fully commit a defender just before you offload

    Reply
  •  jeri
    jeri

    Word! That no-look pass from Aaron Smith was poetry in motion

    Reply
  •  foxtrot
    foxtrot

    WHAT! are you high? Walsh missed tons from both sides, knock ons, offsides, hands in ruck it was flippen ridiculous.

    Reply
  • I love the wordless communication between the Highlanders players. That's a true mark of skill. Knowing your fellow teammates and their speed/abilities/etc can make for some devastating offense. Really impressive.

    Reply
  • Agreed, noticed that as well. It looked like Thorn may have been tackled by JP Petersen before he completed the pass to Slade. However, it didn't really look like Petersen was going in for the tackle so it may have been inconsequential. Maybe that's why play was allowed to carry on.

    Reply
  • I love it when refs scold players like they're delinquent schoolchildren. Really puts them in their place :)

    Reply
  •  foxtrot
    foxtrot

    Oh and my gosh was Steve Walsh useless, he missed so many infringements on both sides it was farcial.

    Reply
  •  foxtrot
    foxtrot

    Now the only thing that has had a bit irritated about this try is that was there not an obstruction leading up to it?

    Reply
  •  tobo
    tobo

    What a beauty of a blind pass to complete the loop! Magical!

    Reply
  •  technomouse
    technomouse

    Ha, 2 great quotes in here as well. Firstly, Steve Walsh's "don't you...!" after the first scrum. And then Justin Marshall's "I'm out of breath, you take over!". Brilliant.

    Reply

Great Tries

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

View All

See It To Believe It

View All

Funnies

View All

Training Videos

View All

Player Features

View All
Colin Slade finishes brilliant Highlanders team try against the Sharks | RugbyDump