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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Barbarians 1973 - Gareth Edwards try

The Barbarians and the All Blacks met at Cardiff in 1973 and the match produced a moment that will never be forgotten.

That moment, one of the most played clips on television, came right at the start, when after just four minutes Gareth Edwards scored one of the best tries ever recorded on film.

Cliff Morgan's famous commentary:
"Kirkpatrick to Williams. This is great stuff. Phil Bennett covering, chased by Alistair Scown. Brilliant! Oh, that's brilliant! John Williams, Pullin, John Dawes. Great dummy! David, Tom David, the half-way line. Brilliant by Quinnell. This is Gareth Edwards. A dramatic start. What a score!"

"The game against the All Blacks is one I will never forget and those of us who played in it will never be allowed to forget"
Gareth Edwards

It was the Welsh half-back pair of Phil Bennett and Gareth Edwards that started and finished the move. Gareth remembers the day vividly. "The game against the All Blacks is one I will never forget and those of us who played in it will never be allowed to forget. It is a match that will live with me forever.

"People tend only to remember the first four minutes of the game because of the try, but what they forgot is the great deal of good rugby played afterwards, much of which came from the All Blacks.

"After the success of the 1971 Lions tour, which captured the imagination of the whole country, it was an opportunity to bring a lot of that side together again."

Final score: 23-11

This try is widely regarded as one of the greatest tries of all time.




  • best tri ever tha number 10's steps r magic

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 11, 2007 7:25 pm  

  • This try sums uo what the Barbarians are about. Of course that team had quite a few players with the most outrageous sidesteps ever in rugby.

    By Anonymous OSFlanker, at April 20, 2007 12:37 pm  

  • the pass to the halfback looks SO close to forward. Hate to be a nay syaer, but... yeah...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 01, 2007 4:57 am  

  • Best thing about it is the commentary. ''This is wonderful stuff!''

    By Anonymous Will Topps, at May 07, 2007 2:38 pm  

  • the best bit about it is the pace from edwards at the end!! jst explodeds and leaves the NZ cover defence for dead and the best bit of it all most of them were welsh!!!!! awesum try!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 24, 2007 12:36 pm  

  • IIRC 7 of that team were Welsh (yes, I did watch the match live).
    JPR Williams (Full back), John Bevan (wing), Gareth Edwards & Phil Bennett (half-backs), John Dawes (capt, centre), Tom David (flanker), Derek Quinnell (lock).
    The other players: Props Sandy Carmichael, Ray McLoughlin; Hooker: John Pullin; Lock: Willy-John McBride; No 8: Rob Wilkinson;
    Wing: David Duckham; Centre: Mike Gibson; Flanker: Fergus Slattery.
    The only game I ever watched which came close to that in quality and excitement was France v NZ, 1999.

    By Blogger Peter, at November 01, 2007 9:47 am  

  • Sheer class. I know a welshman who saw this game live, said it was one of the best games he's ever seen in his lifetime.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 03, 2008 8:05 pm  

  • Greatest try in the history of the game, appropriately finished by the greatest scrum half, and player, to play it.

    By Anonymous dave, at January 04, 2008 12:21 pm  

  • Exactly what barbarian rugby is about

    By Anonymous Christy, at January 04, 2008 5:06 pm  

  • I don't know if that try could be scored today as there were at least 2 high tackles in the run up to the game. If the ref didn't see them, the TJs would have and as they are miked up now, he probably would have stopped the game. Glad he didn't though!

    By Anonymous julesdarcy, at January 07, 2008 1:44 pm  

  • Bennett's sidesteps were awesome, jules - did you notice both high tackles were on jpr?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 25, 2008 1:16 pm  

  • topped of by the greatest player ever in my and many others eyes

    By Anonymous evnz, at May 14, 2008 5:38 pm  

  • Those Steps Are .......OUTRAGEOUS!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2008 2:04 pm  

  • the pass from Quinnell was indeed forward but Raymond Domench, the ref, was asked afterwards why he didn't call it up and stop the move and he said "who am I to stand in the way of history?" :) Quality stuff

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 28, 2010 6:33 pm  

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