Brent Russell SHOULD be a regular starter for the Boks, but for some reason Jake White can't find a position for him. Regular super sub would be good enough in my opinion. He's always performed and either makes great breaks or finishes brilliantly. The kind of guy who can make something of nothing. His only downfall possibly? Defence. And he's possibly not as good a kicker as he should be. Pity though, cos on attack he's awesome.
New Zealand overcame South Africa at Loftus Versfeld on the weekend with a more than convincing 46-25 victory.
The All Blacks ooze class, there's no doubt about it, but the way in which the Springboks sat back and allowed them to score 80 meter tries without laying a hand on them was highly disappointing. The Springboks have the players, the talent, and the ability, but there's something missing in their belief and mentality at times.
Dan Carter was immense throughout the game, as usual. He is a player of pure quality, as displayed by his penalty on the stroke of half-time that was easily over 60 meters. Note how he treats it like any other kick, taking hardly any time at all. I suppose that's the secret when you have nothing to lose just before going into the tunnel.
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Matthew Tait was only 18 in this clip, and Gavin Henson was a young superstar on the rise - now he spends too much time in the tabloids, although he is cleaning up his act and slowly coming back to form.
Henson brilliantly nailed the young Tait all day, as this clip shows. A nice introduction to international rugby for the young Englishman.
Great team try by the Boks against the Aussies in the 2004 Tri Nations. Spared by pocket rocket Brent Russell, the ball goes through the hands beautifully, until it's eventually finished off by big lock Victor Matfield.
No doubt one of the best Bok tries scored that year.
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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.
Anyone who's ever seen Rupeni Caucaunibuca play will know that on form, and when fit, he's probably the most explosive winger we've seen in a long time.
He was with Auckland a cpl of years back in the Super 12. Since then, he's wandered around clubs in France and has been a regular no shower at important matches.
He's done it once again. The Fijian wingers future at the club is in doubt, with club officials seeking clarification regarding his commitment to the club.
Anyone who has more clips of this guy plz let me know.
Update: As Jeff has so kindly & politely pointed out in the comments section, Caucaunibuca has been playing in France for Agen and doing pretty well apparently. Still would love to see him in the Super 14.
Though Wallaby legend George Gregan would never show it, this unceremonious dump from the 2003 WC Final would have hurt a lot. As you might expect from such a hero, Gregan gets up quickly and walks it off, epitomizing the tough-as-nails persona that surrounds our beloved game.
Nonetheless, this is a great show of strength from big England centre Mike Tindall and would have no doubt rattled their determined opposition.
The game went on to become one of the greatest encounters ever in world cup history with the tension and drama one would expect from a world cup final.
A massive tackle here by flyhalf supreme Jonny Wilkinson, this time on French winger Emile N'tamack on the stroke of halftime in the Six Nations Match at the Stade De France in Paris on Febuary 19, 2000.
Perfectly legal and once again showing that in his prime he's one of the biggest tackling flyhalfs around, if not the biggest.