Tuesday Feb 28, 2012

Gloucester and Harlequins score classic tries in great game of rugby

Gloucester and Harlequins score classic tries in great game of rugby
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Jonny May scored a fantastic try as Gloucester beat league leaders Harlequins 29-23 in an Aviva Premiership classic at Kingsholm on Saturday night. There were some positives for Quins though as they scored a brilliant late try to seal a bonus point.

Gloucester’s tries were scored by Charlie Sharples, Akapusi Qera, and May while Freddie Burns kicked four penalties and a conversion. James Simpson-Daniel was on top form too, setting up Sharples’ try and showing that well known flair we’ve come to expect from the now 29 year old.

Fullback May, who scored a genuine contender for try of the season, says that Simpson-Daniel has had a huge influence on him. “Sinbad (Simpson-Daniel) and Tom Voyce are both gurus in that back-three position. They are great mentors for Charlie and me, and we’ve got massive respect for both of them. James is still class, he’s still a world-class player.

“That first try, he created that through a fantastic piece of skill. Fair play to him to still be world-class after 250 games. He’s a great guy to have around, an inspiration, a great mentor and someone to learn from.

“If ever we need to pick his brain he’s always there for us, and that’s invaluable. He’s more than just a finisher. Give him the ball and he can always finish, but his ability to create is what sets him apart and his work for the first try is the prime example really.”

Ross Chisholm scored two tries for Harlequins, his second a brilliant consolation effort which gave Nick Evans a chance at getting the bonus point, but all the talk has been of May’s try, and the way he darted through the defence with ease.

“I think they were quite cautious about covering across and so that left a little gap to step back inside. I managed to find the gap and then I could get away. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do, then I do something and five seconds later I’m over the line,” he said.

Do you think some of the players on show in this game should be playing for England?

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  • I hope it is'nt long before Matt Hopper gets hs chance to prove himself on the international stage. I know it is probabley a bit to soon, but he has shown himself to be a real class act this season, namely in the games v toulose (home and away) where on several ocassions he showed great skill to elude great players like Florian Fritz and Luke McAlister. Also I think Jonny May could be a potential game changer. Although it would take another season or two before he gains the valuable exprience needed to play at test level. As a wasp fan I rate Christian Wade very highly, as his pace strength and skill are immense considering his age. In my opinion he could be the spark England need, to add the flair ro the England backline. However, like Jonny May, he needs a few more seasons to gain more experience.

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  • I would love to hear your idea of a 'classic' try. Judging by your comments, there would only ever be 1 try (if that) making it on to your shortlist. Its comments such as owens here that really enlighten you on people who have no clue of the game.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Lol, interesting angle you have taken there Stroudos, I do agree though in the sense that if Tait had been victim to a dump tackle or tip, or spear etc or should I just call it a "2012 Dangerous Tackle" then as you said it would be noted down as a magnificent tackle by Henson on an unfortunate young guy... this is embarrassing...

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Yeh you could be right, maybe he has been told to stay on the wing... he used to always go sniffing for the offload and it worked so well for him (or at least I think it did) Now he seems to play the role of "fast man on the edge of the pitch" rather than "fast utility back" (I use the term utility a bit loosely)

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Here's one for you. The authorities talk about eradicating spear and tip tackling as those tackles may produce career-ending injuries, (noble enough). I put the case here that Gavin Henson's extremely careful and responsible technique in his second hit on Mat Tait in 2005 effectively ended (or rather produced a long break) for Tait's England career. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZk4atcx3gg&feature=related There's something about the way Tait is held in the air like a man playing with a toddler that just looks more humiliating than a good old dump tackle. As Brian Moore says on the commentary, Henson does very well to resist actually, but this scene became the staple slow-motion image of that game, repeated ad nauseam, with magnified embarrassment for Tait. I bet you that twat Robinson was watching replays of that incident when he decided to dump him from the team. I suggest that had Henson simply dumped Tait on his arse (or back or shoulders), people would have very quickly moved on and forgotten it.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Arfur - Agree completely mate. Robinson's mis-handling of a number of players borders on criminal. None more so than Mat Tait. Threw him in too soon and in the wrong way. But worse than that I think is the way the lad was ruthlessly jettisoned on account of one supposedly poor game. I may be in a minority here, but I don't think he actually played too badly in that match against Wales. OK, he struggled to make an impact but he had a few decent moments. All people remember is him being on the receiving end of two great tackles by Gavin Henson, (on the first one he retained the ball and managed to present it fairly cleanly for his teammates). Well, Henson is/was a very good defender (when he can be bothered to use his arms!) and was in the form of his life, so that should have mitigated a bit for Tait's substandard showing. Robinson basically destroyed the career of a bright young talent there. Didn't he do exactly the same thing with that league convert, Paul? Played him once and then essentially told him, "oh that was a mistake, you're shit and you know you are, get out". or words to that effect. Strikes me as a quite unpleasant individual.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    That's the one Chuck. Awesome moment wasn't it!

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Hmmm Totally agree, I did feel very sorry for these young players who would start for maybe 1 or 2 big games, the pressure would get to them as they are only young and inexperienced and then we'd never hear of them again because they didn't manage to replicate what they did so well at club level...

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Ashton just isn't providing any of the flair or work that we actually recognised him for. Whether that is due to: Other teams closing him down and not giving him any room, Him not being given any chances by his own team, He has just dropped off his work rate, I couldn't be sure, but he doesn't seem to be doing enough to keep that shirt. Someone else should be given a chance even if it is just so that Ashton knows to work harder.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Oh yeah, So he did. I'd forgotten about that most recent experience. Andy Robinson really did have a nightmare coaching England didn't he. Especially with the backs, always seemed completely clueless. Seems to be getting the best out of Scotland though.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    James Simpson-Daniel should have had 50+ England caps by now. Probably would have had a few more than he has were it not for injuries, but even when he's been fully fit and in form he's been ignored by successive coaches, and that is an absolute mystery. One of the most creative players in this country and definitely had the composure for international rugby. Not many people can claim to have made Jonah Lomu look as amateur as Sinbad did that time.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Interestingly the one man who never gets any individual credit in that whole move is Mike Tindall, who was the one who won the turnover, making the rest of it possible.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    I hate to piss on Jonny May's bonfire, but there was crossing from Glos 7 and 13 which created the space for him to exploit. Fair play he still had a lot to do, but I'm not sure he'd have got through that heavy traffic without the obstruction.

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  •  spencah
    spencah

    I agree Alex, but dont guys dont rise to the stirrers on here just looking for a web fight. And certainly dont judge all rugby fans on the few that comment on websites such as RD. We are a far cry from the footie fans of this day! I am sure the day will never come when you are hesitant to take your boy to a rugger game for fear of what he will be exposed to in the stands as you would with footie games. And some cracking tries here (despite the cynics), a classic might be a bit dramatic but a textbook case of good attacking rugby undoing even the finest of defences. Def a few England potentials I reckon.

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  •  colombes
    colombes

    if i was stuart lancaster i would test sharples and may, in the places of ashton and foden vs ireland or france. it doesn't mean that the saints duo was bad, but a bit previsible, particulary ashton runs. both gloucester players have a fine season, and did very well against toulouse few weeks ago. only risk? guinness premiership defences are not the ones they will attack in the 6N

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  • Yer, BUT the try was not just good for ashtons run, it also included the turn over, under pressure, then ben youngs playing the ball (on the try line) rather than kicking it, dummyinng quade cooper in the prosess, playing it to Lawes who drew two tackles, and offloaded it. It's about the big picture! Also it was not against some second rate international team it was againist Australia, the team considered at the time to be the best attacking unit!.

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  •  philo1403
    philo1403

    Hahaha. You mean the IRB try of the year!? Voted on by lots of people who aren't as qualified as you.. Keep your awesome opinions coming

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  •  ruzty14
    ruzty14

    I have to agree with you man!! Kept coming up in tries of the season and I couldn't understand, it was just one fella being faster then another!!!

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  • Ashtons try was not overated! That try invoved the english forwards turning defence into attack, with the added pressure being almost on their own tryline, a feat that very liitle teams have done since. Then feeding the ball to ashton who had to run 90metres, out gassing all of the aus defence, stepping drew mitchell, and scoring under the post. This was a try which involved the whole team, and in the context the game, it was an absolute classic!

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