ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Wednesday Sep 17, 2008

Midweek Madness - Tom Varndell sneaks in for a great try

Midweek Madness - Tom Varndell sneaks in for a great try

When the Leicester Tigers hosted London Irish in front of a capacity crowd in November of 2006, there was one man who left the field with his head held high after scoring two special tries, and another who was looking for the nearest ditch to bury his in.

The Tigers came out tops 26-18, mainly due to a great kicking display from Ian Humphreys, but more importantly, two tries from speedster Tom Varndell, the second of which came from a moment of extreme opportunism.

A huge clearing kick from Humpreys sailed downfield, travelling the length of the pitch before appearing as if it would run over the dead ball line.

Michael Horak, former Leicester and England full back, delayed touching the ball down as he seemingly presumed it would go dead, and had not been alerted of the impending threat posed by the rapidly advancing Varndell.

The England winger sprinted over 90m and came out of nowhere to beat the oblivious Horak to the ball, thus scoring a truly remarkable try.

This defensive howler was just as much down to poor judgement, communication, and awareness, as it was to Varndells tremendous speed and determined chase.

Its very similar to two other tries weve seen over the years, one being the famous Rob Howley incident of 2004, and the other from January this year with another flyer, Richard Haughton .

Great to watch, but never nice if it happens to you.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Louis Rees-Zammit's blistering sprint...

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Slow motion footage of INSANE Fiji try vs...

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    Classic Welsh tries vs All Blacks will have...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 1 HOUR AGO

    WATCH: Incredible headed try is dominating the internet

  • 23 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Rob Kearney career highlights ahead of Baa-Baas bow out

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Japan use 50:22 law variation to score excellent try against Scotland

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Two classic tries by Wales nemesis Kurtley Beale ahead of Cardiff return

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Career highlights of Ugo Monye reminds fans just how dangerous he really was

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Every angle of Stuart Hogg's naughty trip during Exeter win

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Duncan McRae reveals his side to horrendous O'Gara punch-up on 2001 Lions tour

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Re-live Etzebeth's HUGE hit on Finn Russell last weekend

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Three week ban after breakdown shoulder to head gets spotted by TMO

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Fiji winger cops five-week ban for Williams head contact

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 HOUR AGO

    WATCH: Incredible headed try is dominating the internet

  • 22 HOURS AGO

    Brilliant video demonstrates the flawless communication skills of Luke Pearce

  • 23 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Rob Kearney career highlights ahead of Baa-Baas bow out

  • 1 DAY AGO

    WATCH: Every angle of Stuart Hogg's naughty trip during Exeter win

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Tuilagi faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after injury 6 minutes into win

View All

Funnies

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Lowe lets loose on critics in brilliant interview after EPIC All Blacks win

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Jarvo69 strikes again before Japan v Ireland clash

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Romain Poite's unique wit will be missed when he retires from Test rugby

  • 4 WEEKS AGO

    JOURNEY OF JARVO69: Pitch invader makes headlines with outrageous All Blacks stunt

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Erasmus celebrates Boks win over All Blacks in his UNDERWEAR

View All

Amateur

  • 56 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 93 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 93 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 93 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 93 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    New Tongan Thor montage is five minutes of mesmerising hits and skills

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    A deeper look at Jason Robinson's incredible path to the top

  • 40 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 45 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 46 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

View All