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Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14

Toulon's Xavier Chiocci scores a great prop try against Castres in the Top 14
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Prop tries are always a thing of beauty to be recognised here on Rugbydump. Toulon’s Xavier Chiocci scored an absolute classic front rower’s 5 pointer which has to be seen to be believed, as the European Champions defeated Castres 37-21 this weekend in the Top 14. 

Castres were still revelling in their own score from a well executed grubber kick, capped off with an expert conversion from the touchline, when the Toulon loosehead prop gathered some unexpected possession after the ball was knocked down to him from the kick off.

With some open ground in front of him, Chiocci did exactly what props do in such a situation, he set off straight for the tryline. Three would be defenders were shrugged aside with powerful hand-offs as the 110kg monster ate up the yards, his eyes locked on the whitewash.

Forty metres later and Chiocci placed the ball over the Castres’ line amid raucous celebrations from the home support and his teammates, as Castres found themselves immediately trailing by eight points again, following the successful conversion. 

Many sensational scores from the big men have featured on Rugbydump over the years. Chiocci now finds himself in the company of England legend Phil Vickery, who finished an amazing individual effort for Gloucester way back in 2002.

More recently in 2012, Bath prop Anthony Perenise ran in an impressive 30 metre effort, and although unable to touch down but well worth a mention, is Ben May’s efforts in 2008 when he came within inches of scoring one of the greatest prop tries of all time.

credit: Boucherie Ovalie

19 Comments

  • stroudos
    12:24 PM 14/05/2015

    Here's another variation - if you voluntarily neck two pints you can take a 10-minute breather on the sidelines: http://www.rugbydump.com/2013/11/3468/steve-thompsons-incredible-80m-try-for-england-legends-post-match-reaction

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  • danknapp
    6:31 AM 14/05/2015

    Imagine a prop blowing hard after a mammoth 3 metre run to the line, then having to neck a pint, before having to jog back for the restart. It'd be carnage.

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  • eddie-g
    5:29 PM 13/05/2015

    Knowing backs, they'd all start playing with forwards' #s on their shirts.

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  • eddie-g
    5:25 PM 13/05/2015

    They aren't fatties. These are however fat-boy tries and they are bloody magnificent.

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  • eddie-g
    5:24 PM 13/05/2015

    Every post needs some Richard Bands

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  • stroudos
    4:17 PM 13/05/2015

    Pick him at centre then. Doesn't seem to have done Bastareaud any harm! ;)

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  • colombes
    2:28 PM 13/05/2015

    The future loosehead prop of France if he can improve his scrummaging. Very skilled and powerful ball in hand but still inexperienced in the dark prop arts

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  • stroudos
    1:25 PM 13/05/2015

    It'll be a very sad day when a prop fails to down a pint. Presumably you mean 3 points deducted if he doesn't finish it one...

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  • danknapp
    12:46 PM 13/05/2015

    Nice idea. I see a lot of potential there. And props should be handed a pint for the conversion. 3 points if they finish it in one.

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  • flanker2712
    12:35 PM 13/05/2015

    You'd have to give similar treatment when backs get involved in the ugly stuff and score a "forward's" try. O'Driscoll barreled over a few times from the base of a ruck.

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  • katman
    11:50 AM 13/05/2015

    This post needs some Richard Bands. http://www.rugbydump.com/2007/04/87/richard-bands-try-vs-all-blacks-2003

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  • jimmy23
    11:03 AM 13/05/2015

    There's nothing quite like witnessing a prop in full flight, it almost goes against what nature intended.

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  • stroudos
    9:56 AM 13/05/2015

    Amazing how fast a prop can run when there's a bag of crisps placed just beyond the try line.

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  • stroudos
    9:55 AM 13/05/2015

    More of that on 26th September please Leigh!!

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  • stroudos
    9:54 AM 13/05/2015

    Och, a wonderful sight to behold. Seventeen stones, on the hoof.

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  • oliver
    7:55 AM 13/05/2015

    Also worth noting that Chiocci is Toulon born and bred!

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  • mise
    12:58 AM 13/05/2015

    some kick by ha'penny eh?

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  • drg
    11:09 PM 12/05/2015

    Not that I partake in snooker, or have much understanding of what it's about, but does anyone else think that perhaps tries should have varying scores depending on who scores them? I mean a front row players should be awarded 7 points, second row 6, back row 5... then the backs can sort themselves out...

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  • danknapp
    8:37 PM 12/05/2015

    The Castres players didn't feel like trying to tackle the runaway train! Some shocking 'efforts' in there. Nice to see a big fella score. I always want to call them the fatties, but I bet their fat to muscle ratio is better than mine!

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