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Tuesday May 5, 2015

Prop Brendon Edmonds finishes fantastic length of the field Highlanders try

Prop Brendon Edmonds finishes fantastic length of the field Highlanders try
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The Highlanders ran in seven tries to add further misery to the Sharks’ poor Super Rugby season so far. The home side won 48-15 in Dunedin, and scored some sensational tries in the process. This one, finished off by prop Brendon Edmonds, was one of the best.

The Highlanders scored three tries in the first half, going into the break with a comfortable 24-10 lead as the visitors struggled to get into the match. They scored another four tries after the break, as things went from bad to worse for the Durban based side.

As the Sharks attacked with fifteen minutes left, they came within meters of crossing but threw a loose ball. Great passing and big tackling featured prominently as the Highlanders counter attacked to set up one of the most entertaining passages of play in the match.

They kept it alive through multiple phases with some quality offload play, before Patrick Osborne ran a great angle, knowing he had impressive flanker Dan Pryor there in support. Pryor was tackled but had replacement prop Edmonds in the support line, and a sensational team try was scored.

Edmonds’ celebration, for those wondering, is apparently something to do with wild boar hunting, which is apt seeing as close to the line with a try in sight, props are probably as tough to stop. He got the finishing touches, but it was a beautifully constructed team try.

View full highlights from the match here

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  • drg
    6:47 PM 07/05/2015

    *correct title.... It is indeed a correct title... Apologies, all the gluten in that cous cous has got me flaring up again...

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  • drg
    7:27 PM 06/05/2015

    I'm not disputing that it's an incorrect title. It is more the fact that over the years we've come to expect the out of the ordinary stuff on RD and whilst this is far from ordinary, it's not quite what I was expecting - which was I suppose a break against play, someone running up the field with a fatty in support.. or something along those lines. This whole try was fantastic and it worked very well, it was perhaps technically better than a prop running the length, but for amusement purposes, I want to see a prop chasing imaginary hamburgers up the length of the field...

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  • tphillipsstl
    6:35 PM 06/05/2015

    I'd agree for the most part. Benefit of the doubt to the attacking team. And I couldn't get a good look at what the guy on the deck was doing. But to be honest he shouldn't be doing anything. And if he is, the penalty goes the other way. So as I ref, I'd rather an attacking support player stay on his feet and leave the guys on the ground alone. Let me ding them if they deserve it. This one was more obvious because there was a man on his feet that was legally contending for the ball the the support player, instead of taking that man on directly, just kind of fell on the floor next to him. That's what did it for me. There's also a difference between cleaning a tackler off your teammate, making contact with him while on your feet, and in the process of cleaning him off losing your footing and going down. I'd let that go 100 times out of 100, but that didn't look like what was going on here.

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  • stroudos
    4:43 PM 06/05/2015

    "Fantastic length of the field try" - it does exactly what it says on the tin.

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  • drg
    1:23 PM 06/05/2015

    I suppose the title; if you skim it, gives you the impression that play broke away and a prop either ran the length with ball in hand, or kept up with those speedy backs to be on the end of a pass... Which sort of didn't happen..

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  • stroudos
    12:54 PM 06/05/2015

    Yeah, I suppose so. 4 and 6 definitely go straight off their feet. But Sharks 8 is also on the ground scrabbling about and interfering with the ball a fair amount of time after the tackle, if you want to get pinickety about it. Personally I'm happy to see the benefit of the doubt given to the attacking team in this scenario. Especially when they're playing attractive, positive rugby - I realise this last bit in particular has no relevance to the actual laws of the game, just a personal armchair fan preference.

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  • stroudos
    12:49 PM 06/05/2015

    There's pedantry and then there's downright cynical misery. Anyway, I bloody love this try. Much more enjoyable than ones where a winger intercepts and races away. That kick was a good tactical choice and more importantly the chase and securing of possession were excellent, really got the Sharks on the back foot. 7-8 phases required? Good! Patience and knowing when to flick an offload versus getting to ground and making the ball available to your support is good rugby. So is committing the right numbers to rucks to ensure you keep possession over those numerous phases. And so is having blokes running good lines of support and getting their timing right to take the ball at pace. As Mr Marshall says quite accurately, this is a real pleasure to watch.

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  • i_bleed_green_and_gold
    6:47 PM 05/05/2015

    Sharks have been terrible this season. Not well coached, lots of dirty play. Not fun to be a supporter at the moment. The depth is just not what it used to be. Going to be tough to justify picking current boks on the form shown by this bunch.

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  • drg
    5:50 PM 05/05/2015

    Two wrongs don't make a right, but 0:00 you see Sharks players all lying on the ruck.... Seems the breakdown is still poorly reffed all round..

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  • tphillipsstl
    4:13 PM 05/05/2015

    shouldn't have been a try. at 1:25 the highlanders support players flops right on top of the ruck. Penalty to Sharks.

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