Tuesday Feb 26, 2013

Tim Nanai-Williams finishes amazing passage of play and scores great solo effort

Tim Nanai-Williams finishes amazing passage of play and scores great solo effort
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Chiefs flyer Tim Nanai-Williams scored two spectacular tries at the weekend as the defending Super Rugby champions beat the Highlanders 41-27 in an incredible game of rugby that featured all out attack for the full 80 minutes. 

Nanai-Williams, the cousin of former Chief Sonny Bill Williams, usually plays in the outside backs but was moved to centre as resources were depleted and coach Dave Rennie saw the potential.

“He’s bloody quick as an outside, so as a centre he’s lightning,” said Rennie after the 23-year-old’s first game there, a preseason encounter with the Hurricanes.

His first try against the Highlanders came about from first phase ball as Ma’a Nonu made an uncharacteristic error, allowing speedy Nanai-Williams to dart through the gap before an outrageous goose-step beat the last man, All Black Ben Smith.

The second try was totally different, and as it was described this week, was possibly the best three minutes of rugby you’re likely to see. It came from a restart after a Highlanders try, and in terms of entertainment value, it certainly was right up there.

The long period of non-stop play included a few turnovers, incredibly quick ball from the breakdown, and some great offloading before an error allowed Nanai-Williams to pounce, bringing relief to everyone out there with his second step and try of the night.

The advantage played by Steve Walsh was excellent and the persistant speed and tempo of this game, before you judge the defence, was unbelievable. At 27-28 and with twenty minutes left, it’s not surprising things opened up as they did.

Nanai-Williams collected the most running metres of the game with 150, while as a team the Chiefs made 87 percent of their tackles, with the Highlanders making 80 percent of theirs.

It was actually quite a challenge deciding which of the two tries to feature here, as both are really good for different reasons, but we’ve gone with the crazy few minutes try, then placed the solo effort straight after it in a playlist. Hit play once, and both will play.

There were a few other great tries scored, so you can view Highlanders vs Chiefs highlights here. You can also catch up on all the other Round 2 Super Rugby highlights

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  •  drg
    drg

    I'm still not sure on this NH vs SH thing... NZ are world Champions right? I don't think they want to share their winning pedestal with the likes of Australia and South Africa. I think they're quite happy standing there on their own.. Then when the SH incorporates teams like Scotland, Italy etc into the NH arguments, it might as well bring in the likes of Fiji etc into it's own ranks.. Then in the Autumn Aus beat England by 6 points? (If I read correctly) and England beat NZ.. In all honesty, it seems like you're just being a troll for the sake of it. Either way this was impressive to watch and of course you always play to the referee, however the referee's job is to blow the whistle for forward passes, knock ons, "illegal" passages of play etc... so if he doesn't do that, then he's not doing his job, so you may as well not have one... Free flowing rugby is fine. Missed tackles are not fine. Do you think NZ (again) reward team mates for missed tackles and chalk it down to "free flowing rugby"... the way I have been taught to play is that you always make your tackles. If you can't trust the man inside you to make his tackle then again, it makes for a messy defence!

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  •  browner
    browner

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz you should stuck with rugby league ........ a simple game for simple people . guaranteed possession, no scrum feeds, defence held 5-10m , not competing for the ball at the tackle .... Return Union to the 1995 - 2000 Era, much more in keeping with the "Game for all shapes & sizes" Philosopy This SHOWBIZ rugby sucks

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  •  browner
    browner

    It is a different sport....it's ping pong rugby, some great skills , but how many loose plays or turnovers in 2 mins..... the law makers have bastardised our sport which heads towards rugby league every season.............. BOOOOOOOO IRB Bring back 'compete for the ball at the breakdown' & proper mauling

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  •  drg
    drg

    I noticed a comment about this being different to 6 Nations. Well firstly this is club rugby, so naturally it would be different, on a whole International rugby tends to be tighter. This sort of play is killer in the big games and not to mention risky when your defence is in tatters. I suspect that in any International someone would have tried to kick it out in the corner. Secondly, I thought the TRY itself was not as good as Fofanas', of course the build up was very exciting and to be honest if RD had posted this video and said "A try was scored" I wouldn't have known which team was going to score it. But Try for try, I'd say Fofanas' was better. Then thirdly, it looked like a lovely dry evening in this video, did you actually see the atrocious weather in the 6N games the past few weekends? Snow, rain, lifting pitches... I'm not trying to say this type of play happens in the 6 nations, I'm simply saying they may as WELL be different sports when you take into consideration all of the above.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Actually judging by some of the England rucking tactics of late (in the 6 Nations) I'd say, not that many penalties would be given.

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  •  drg
    drg

    Momentum my ass...

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  •  memberbenefits
    memberbenefits

    Why bother having laws at all then? I don't think anyone is complaining as such, maybe pointing out that it flowed as well as it did because of some very lenient interpretations

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  •  memberbenefits
    memberbenefits

    All this! Plus there was guys diving on the wrong side of rucks all over the place. I wonder how many penalties would have been given in NH Also momentum carrying a person back to their feet is a bit mad

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  •  jeri
    jeri

    That sequence of back-and-forth offensive play was spell-bounding!

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  •  colombes
    colombes

    it was a fantastic passage of play with reason, some would agree that any other ref would have blown the whistle 1 or 2 times during this sequence (offside on a ruck, and a tackled player who didn"t release) but, anyway, the most important side of this video is the constant attacking ambition of players in the superugby. does the match was like this during 80 minutes? hard rhythm to keep

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  •  matt
    matt

    Bang on James, good spot. Can you imagine how much better every game would look if nothing was ever called?

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  •  matt
    matt

    When you're playing Italy maybe...

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  •  eggsandbacon
    eggsandbacon

    Yea, I felt the same. Although with Farrell on the team it's almost acceptable to go to the corner. Give the boy some kind of challenge!

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  •  jeroo
    jeroo

    Brilliant! Great advert for Super Rugby (less good advert for referees). I felt out of breath just watching it!

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  •  matt
    matt

    There was also the highlanders player in the ruck knocking the ball out of the scrum halves hands at 2:09, which Walsh somehow decides is just a knock-on!? But perhaps most importantly the shoulder charge from Nanai Williams at 2:52. It's all well and good praising the attacking spirit of a game, but it is much easier to play fluently if the ref ignores the rules.

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  •  matt
    matt

    I remember being really angry at Tuilagi in the England New Zealand game for just cruising over the line out wide after his interception rather than making any attempt for the posts.

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  •  guy
    guy

    I agree he was held. It would have been a bigger issue if the Highlanders had scored from that move. Cracking try though, absolute frantic stuff!

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  •  eggsandbacon
    eggsandbacon

    Agreed, although Nanai was wrecked from that passage of play. The match was fantastic overall, really enjoyable stuff from both teams. A lot of wingers make no attempt to get it near the sticks. Zebo does it for Munster though, and there are a few wingers who also do it as much as possible.

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  • Given he was still being held onto as he got back to his feet I'd have to disagree.

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  •  poccio
    poccio

    to be fair he looks pretty knackerd, after a passage of play at that speed and intensity..but fair point in general

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  • Lucky Walsh was refereeing, any halfwit that knew the Laws would have blown up for a penalty at 2.20 when the tackled player didn't release. Not a complaint, just saying...

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  •  flanker2712
    flanker2712

    Having spent the weekend watching Six Nations, I swear this seems like a completely different sport!

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