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Which one of these outstanding Test tries could be named Try of the Year?

Which one of these outstanding Test tries could be named Try of the Year?
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Even though we’re only halfway through the year, there have already been some incredible tries to admire. With an eye towards the World Rugby awards and the eventual IRP Try of the Year, World Rugby have put together a selection of top tries from recent internationals.

It’s impossible to keep Beauden Barrett out of contention for awards these days, so it’s no surprise that the two-time player of the year finds himself highlighted yet again. Blink and you miss that textbook swipe of Teddy Thomas’s attempted tackle. 

From the same series, Ngani Laumape makes the list for his bulldozing run over Maxime Medard after some Damian McKenzie magic.

Japan’s Amanaki Mafi was in for the try against Italy after what looked like a well-executed, fundamental passing drill from the Brave Blossoms.

Dynamic Georgian winger Soso Matiashvili has a way of stretching a rugby pitch for all it’s worth. He almost perfectly reproduced the same stunning try against Tonga that he made against Canada, where he dived and touched the ball down with mere centimeters to spare.

Bernard Foley kicked ahead for Marika Koroibete, against Ireland, who bumped Rob Kearney and dragged Johnny Sexton a full five metres to score for the Wallabies.

Finally, in a stunning show of skill by both the resurgent Danny Cipriani and winger Jonny May, the fly half kicked ahead against the Springboks, deep into the in-goal area. The ball had absolutely no business staying in play, but thankfully for England, May chased it anyway and outran everyone, using every last piece of real estate available for the score.

Have your say. Which do you think is the best try from this list? 

Credit: World Rugby/Getty Images

11 Comments

  •  oldflyhalf
    oldflyhalf

    1. Ngani Laumape ...the most "virile" try so far. ...and the rest. :)

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  •  rugbydump
    rugbydump

    World Rugby, as stated in the intro

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  •  peterfgraham
    peterfgraham

    What, not a single try from the entire 6 Nations Championship? What about the sean Maitland try v England or the Conor Murray try v Italy? Mafi try the only one here that comes close to deserving to be in a try of the year competition. Who the hell put this half arsed list together??

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  •  tigerinbirmingham
    tigerinbirmingham

    Fully agree - good hands, players running the loop to be the extra man in the line, running good support lines Amos' try for Wales vs Argentina should be short listed - delaying passes to commit defenders then quick hands on the next pass as the 2nd defender had run a blitz, great support lines

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  •  sacricketer
    sacricketer

    Eh, that Matiashvili try was only Soso... Gotta show a little love to that pinpoint kick by Cipriani, couldn't have been placed any better.

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  •  mise
    mise

    are they really the best five so far this year? hmmmm - maybe so, but if that's it here's hoping for some better ones!

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  •  andinov
    andinov

    Anyone else concerned that the music at the beginning isn't dramatic enough? They could of just put up the Mafi try and then 5 replays for me

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  •  tphillipsstl
    tphillipsstl

    Mafi, no argument

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  •  drg
    drg

    I thought the only one that I'd remove from the runnings is Barrett... Is was a good try no doubt, but I don't think Try of the Year. Mafi try was lovely to see real textbook clinical passing, quite schoolboy-esque but perfect. Probably would look great for advertisement of the game.

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  •  pickay
    pickay

    Agree, Mafi all the way!! Apologies for using a soccer term, but that was tiki-taka at its finest.

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  •  dirtyflanker
    dirtyflanker

    MAFI... Outstanding effort

    Reply

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