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Wednesday Apr 24, 2013

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Set Piece Tries of all time

Rugby HQ's Top 5 Set Piece Tries of all time

Sean Maloney and the team at Rugby HQ have been churning out the Top 5 segments of late, providing the fans with a whole host of classic moments that, while they’re often from an Australian angle, are still great fun to watch for neutrals. 

In the latest instalment it’s a look at some of the best setpiece tries ever scored down south.

In the list of five there is one try in particular that’s the stand out, and arguably the best setpiece try from a lineout ever, anywhere. It surprisingly only comes in at number two though.

The try in question is the Christian Cullen All Black masterpiece in the Tri Nations in 2000. It featured multiple players, dummy runners, and quick hands, and ended with Cullen dotting down.

It was another classic match between the two great sides, and despite the incredible try, the Wallabies won the game in dramatic fashion as lock John Eales slotted an extra time penalty to win the game 24-23 and retain the Bledisloe Cup. 

One of the other interesting tries featured is Breyton Paulse’s in 2005, which included his trademark flick-flack. Paulse first did the celebration on his debut vs Italy in 1999. 

He later explained that it wasn’t planned at all, but was just the first thing that came to mind as his family was there and he was beaming with joy. After that he did it on a few other big occasions, but said that despite doing a bit of gymnastics at school, the experts were probably laughing at him each time, as his legs were often hopelessly crooked as he went through the air.

He cited his first ever, in that game against Italy in Port Elizabeth, as the best. 

Gymnastics aside, all of these tries are well worth watching, and there is also an amusing quick chat with in studio guest Drew Mitchell, who will be joining Toulon in France at the end of the season.

EXTRA: Rugby HQ were kind enough to share the other five contenders too, tries 6-10

As mentioned on the previous page, below are the next five that didn’t quite make it onto the Top 5 best setpiece tries list. Starting with number 10, scroll down to view the rest, and feel free to let us know which is your best as a comment below.

#10 – Israel Dagg scores vs the Highlanders from inside pass by Robbie Fruean

#9 – Adam Ashley-Cooper try from lineout vs the All Blacks

#8 – Sean Maitland finishes a Crusaders classic vs the Cheetahs in 2012

#7 – Colin Slade outstanding team try from setpiece vs the Springboks

#6 – Joe Rokocoko receives a gift from Brent Russell of the Springboks in 2003

Thanks as always to Fox Sports and the Rugby HQ team


  • browner
    10:43 AM 28/04/2013 what !!!! If Dawson played for Lions 1977 & then for England in the 2003 World Cup Final then i'd forgive Campese for his deliberate knock on in 1991 WCF !

  • alandownunder
    6:24 AM 28/04/2013

    Why outstanding? He never touched the ball or assisted an attacker in any way?

  • 1:55 AM 27/04/2013

    Not sure if a dummy off the scrum counts as a great set piece try.

  • 1:54 AM 27/04/2013

    Good call, I can't believe it was not the IRB try of the year.

  • 1:53 AM 27/04/2013

    Agreed on Dagg

  • browner
    9:57 PM 25/04/2013

    I can't believe that England's great recent try's aren't in there

  • alasdairduncan3
    4:00 PM 25/04/2013

    Open play mate

  • 2:24 PM 25/04/2013

    Outstanding work by McCaw. Great running line from the lineout.

  • woodenman
    12:52 PM 25/04/2013

    How about that try Argentina scored against New Zealand in this year's Rugby Championship? Has to be better than some of those... And @DaRabman no it's not offside, it's open play.

  • motjan
    10:25 AM 25/04/2013

    The try the Boks scored from a scrum to beat the All Black in New Zealand. Scored by Pieter Rossouw. Perfect Move from base of scrum. 2:03 min Cheers

  • darabman
    5:17 AM 25/04/2013

    #6 offside Just saying.

  • suntzu
    1:23 AM 25/04/2013

    Agree 100 on the Dagg try vs the Sharks at Twickers, one of the best team moves where the ball gets shifted and no one laid a finger on the ball carrier... These Rugby HQ selections are good fun but am I the only one to think that their selections are slightly biased?

  • paimoe
    12:44 AM 25/04/2013

    #10 was good. Also, a) Hosea Gear vs Ireland (in the 60-0 match) was from an Irish set piece, at least :p b) Israel Dagg vs Sharks at Twickenham was the definition of a training move played to perfection

  • stroudos
    10:35 PM 24/04/2013

    Love it. Hilarious how they've picked an Aussie try ahead of #2! 1:47 I think is the only time I've seen a dummy maul executed. Very effective, should probably be done more often...


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