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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Brian O'Driscoll's moment of genius against Ulster

This was from last season in the Magners League. Pure class shown by O'Driscoll.

Whether it was planned or not, its a good thing the winger didn't get in the way. Worked like a charm though. Brilliant.

It's also a pity it didn't produce a try.




  • Oh brilliant, the man is a genius.

    By Anonymous Boggle, at January 11, 2007 4:27 pm  

  • legend!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 15, 2007 11:44 am  

  • yeah but isn't that crossing?? the winger blocked the tacklers...

    By Anonymous Ed, at March 05, 2007 10:30 am  

  • omg, thats amazing, i have to try that in a match

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 10, 2007 8:14 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2007 9:37 pm  

  • no crossing cos o'driscoll didnt have the ball when he ran behind the winger.....i saw this video......tried it in a game.....and it didnt work....my centre reached up to catch the ball and got poleaxed!....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 14, 2007 8:11 pm  

  • It is crossing. Once O'driscoll receives the ball and until the ball touches the ground, or another player, drisco is deemed to be the player in posession. Looked good though.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 26, 2007 7:55 pm  

  • he is one of the best centers in the world

    By Anonymous salesi, at March 27, 2007 8:16 pm  

  • surely its not crossing, because then you can argue that if you pass the ball behind one of your players to another team mate then that is crossing??!?......therefore you can argue o'driscoll was passing to the winger and the winger didnt catch it so o'driscoll then recovered his pass......maybe!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2007 2:12 pm  

  • you guys are all retards, ofcourse its 'crossing'. o'driscoll isnt shit!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 04, 2007 3:12 am  

  • "you guys are all retards, ofcourse its 'crossing'. o'driscoll isnt shit! " that guy is right o'driscoll isnt shit, he is amazing, im glad that retard pointed it out so well lol!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 05, 2007 4:08 pm  

  • It was Crossing.But Looked Preti Kwl. o'driscoll is a gud player. Seem's like a nyc bloke aswel. except when allister campbell made him moan on and on.ugh

    By Blogger Tom, at April 12, 2007 5:50 am  

  • it wasn't crossing cos he never had possesion when he was behind the player...if he was crossing the ref would have blown up....

    i think o'driscol is class but the commentator is a peen ass saying "thats why he is regarded as the best center in the world"....???? no it isnt...waw one trick...what about all the tries he has scored and runs he has made??

    Carlos Spencers trick when he recieved a bad ball and ckicked it backwards over his head...the ran and caught it and ofloaded it to cohen that should have scored.....doesnt make spencer the best player in the world!!

    Anyways keep the great videos coming

    By Blogger Madders, at April 14, 2007 6:35 pm  

  • haha best center in the world?
    Top 4 maybe.. not the best.
    Think the commentator felt like a fool once he said that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 15, 2007 8:40 am  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2007 11:05 am  

  • it isnt a forward pass you plank. he passed it to himself, and no one touched the ball inbetween him throwing it and catching it!!!

    oh yeh and it wasnt crossing either!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2007 6:36 pm  

  • You Above, you are the plank, he passed it FORWARD to himself, read the rules about forward passes, IRB rule 12.1 (e)
    "A player must not intentionally knock the ball forward with hand or arm, nor throw forward."
    He "threw it forward", You MUPPET.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 19, 2007 12:42 pm  

  • Guys, if you're going to comment and get agro, plz leave a name (make one up even), at least then everything makes sense

    By Blogger Grant, at April 19, 2007 1:24 pm  

  • Yeah that bloke's right, it was a forward pass, basically what you (the plank) are saying is that you can throw the ball up into the air, over the opposition, catch it again and that it's alright. It clearly isn't!

    By Blogger t-bag-no-1, at April 19, 2007 9:48 pm  

  • Awesome, it is foreward tho he throws the ball up a good meter inside his half and catches it on the halfway, the ref didnt call it tho and thats all that reli matters. As for the best centre in the world i agree anyone with half a rugby brain and his stats can see that. And the "winger as some have put doesnt reli do Denis Hickie legendary irish winger justice.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 28, 2007 12:33 pm  

  • Its not crossing as it was done to quickly for anyone to have a clue what happened !! Greenwood was better though

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 30, 2007 12:52 pm  

  • World Class

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 08, 2007 4:10 pm  

  • hu gives a fuck if its forward or blocking its gr8 skill nd thts all tht matters
    he is the best player in the world nd u shud feel lucky tht hes playing at the same time as yr alive
    a world class act him nd darcy=best centre partenership in the world at the moment

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 12, 2007 11:48 pm  

  • "surely its not crossing, because then you can argue that if you pass the ball behind one of your players to another team mate then that is crossing??!?......therefore you can argue o'driscoll was passing to the winger and the winger didnt catch it so o'driscoll then recovered his pass......maybe!"

    If you pass behind the runner it is crossing, at least it is in the NH. Also have seen this done at ametuer level and called for forward pass, nock on and delibrate knock on because of different interpretations of IRB rule 12.1 (e)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 13, 2007 11:32 pm  


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2007 3:51 am  

  • IT ISNT A FORWARD PASS.......if you drop the ball forward and it hits the ground it is a knock on right!!!! if you drop the ball forward and catch it before it hits the ground it is fine and nothing happens!!! so technically you could say that a player passed the ball forward to himself by catching a dropped ball!!! so if that is fine then B O'Ds little trick is fine!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 25, 2007 7:42 pm  

  • You can juggle the ball forward so long as it is within the reach of your arms (which it wasn't), and it's only crossing if you run behind a team mate with the ball. He didn't have the ball, so it's a forward pass, albeit to himself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 26, 2007 6:31 am  

  • Rule 12.1 (e)!
    Jaysus put down the book and get some fresh air

    By Anonymous miltoni, at June 10, 2007 9:35 am  

  • Until the ball touches the ground or another player surely you must be deemed to have possesion of the ball? Whats next? A winger lobs the ball forward (or sideways) over his opponent, expects not to get tackled, hoping to regather the ball and then scoot away to score. You won't need to chip and chase. Hell why not start juggling the ball when you're about to get tackled and see where that gets you.No one else touched the ball, O'driscoll was therefore still in posession, and IN POSESSION HE CROSSED BEHIND HIS OWN PLAYER

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 29, 2007 5:59 am  

  • How could the commentator feel foolish for saying that he is the best centre in the world. In the UK, he is regarded as the beast and a lot of people in the southern hemisphere see him as the best

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2007 4:32 am  

  • AMazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing genius

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 13, 2007 7:17 pm  

  • How is it a forward pass?? don't be stupid! you can run at someone and throw the ball over their head, and as long as you catch it youself its not a pass you tool.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 16, 2007 2:24 pm  

  • no1 can name a better centre den drico!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2007 10:36 pm  

  • Serge Blanco did something similar a few years back tipping the ball over an incoming opposition player, caught it and carried on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 17, 2007 2:49 pm  

  • Who is the best centre in the world?mortlock and o'driscoll have to be the most influential,even when they play badly they're still worth about 10 points to their teams. With that said,i reckon d'arcy has been ireland better centre for the last year and half,although not as important to the team.
    and just as a tangent-is neil francis the biggest twat ever to string 2 words together,anyone notice how he put himself on the greatest pro and amature irish team of all time last week?

    By Anonymous John,dublin, at August 31, 2007 12:41 pm  

  • 3 points...

    1. It was intentional, they'd been doing it all week in training.

    2. It wasnt crossing, its the same as running a decoy line as he didnt have the ball in his hand.

    and 3... hes defo the best centre in the world..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 18, 2007 2:38 pm  

  • good skill, but unfortunately he was too slow and fat to take full advantage and score the try

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 30, 2007 2:17 am  

  • i tried this in a game, it worked amazing, me and my centre had to plan it before tho, BOD probably did it off the cuff

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 17, 2007 9:00 pm  

  • odriscoll is one off the best centres of the world

    if a all star team exists felipe contempomi an he would be the centres

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 19, 2007 12:26 am  

  • YA YA YA ZZZZZZZZZZZ read all comments of the experts........personally I think Henry Sheflin is the best........ZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 23, 2007 1:27 am  

  • to the namesless man who posted at November 19, 2007 1:26 AM

    there is an allstar team, its called the Barbarians, but due to club and provincial commitments not always can the best choices be had for the line up, so getting them both on the team is rather uinlikly
    ps i like contempomi, but i wouldnt say he'd be my 2nd choice

    in BOD we trust

    beauty play, even if its illegal it clearly caused the ref himself to orgasm hence missing the call if there is one

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 03, 2007 3:08 am  

  • greatest centre of all time
    no one on the planet is better at the sport
    out of everyone who ever played the game dead or alive he stands head and shoulders above the rest

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 23, 2007 7:06 pm  

  • i was at that match!

    By Anonymous Chris, at January 21, 2008 12:51 pm  

  • its not crossing coz its like the miss man pass but it dosnt go to another person it goes back to him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 21, 2008 7:00 pm  

  • Just to let you know it was the Magners League not the Heineken Cup

    By Anonymous geraint, at January 22, 2008 1:53 pm  

  • Its not crossing or a forward pass... brian o driscol doesnt do mistakes.

    By Anonymous Jmack, at January 23, 2008 2:27 am  

  • Oh come on guys, it wasnt all that great!!! The pass was average, how hard is it to pass to yourself?? The only reason he got past was the timing of the pass, and the delayed reactions of the defense!! you can't be the "best" centre in the world because you have the best "self-pass"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 24, 2008 4:31 am  

  • FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE SCREAMING FORWARD PASSSS go watch this and learn a little bit about a "forward" pass


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 24, 2008 9:13 pm  

  • ME AGAIN, especially you the anonymous plank who posted on April 17, 2007 11:05 AM

    By Anonymous golden boy, at January 24, 2008 9:17 pm  

  • Oh yea! so sick! as a flyhalf, i think that is soo intense. Two players execute 5 defenders. The first three in the defesive line where they made the switch, and then when he got it again two players tackled him. Good, but not the best, but incredible. I never knew you cud do that. I thought you cant pass to yourself, i guess that rule is only for touch rugby haha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 04, 2008 8:51 pm  

  • It's pretty amusing reading some of the comments here (especially those left by "anonymous")...

    "It's crossing!"
    "It's not crossing!"
    "Yes it is, you retard!"

    And yet I think only 1 person made an attempt to cite any law.

    This is from law 26 of the Laws of the Game:

    It is illegal for any player:-
    who is in an off-side position willfully to run or stand in front of another player of his team who is carrying the ball, thereby preventing an opponent from reaching the latter player,

    Now, there were arguments over if he was still in possession or not due to the fact that the ball never touched ground or another player. Notice that the law doesn't say "in possession" it says "carrying the ball".

    I think that this should settle the case of if it should have been called for obstruction/crossing.

    By Anonymous Elliot, at April 04, 2008 5:57 pm  

  • Technically it was a pass. The opposition 'took out' the 'receiver', and put the ball into play - therefore O'Driscoll becomes the support player. These are the technical aspects of the law, but obviously not not Brian's intention. What he's done (and believe me, only a very few individuals are able to do), is find a 'loop-hole' in the laws, to enable him to do what he did.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 07, 2008 2:57 am  

  • Forwards, backwards, crossing, not crossing... who cares. If the ref doesn't call it it doesn't happen. That's the beauty of rugby and sport, pushing the limits of the rules. And whoever thinks that anyone would feel like a fool calling Drico one of the best centers in the world is obviously strongly biased to some rival squad or too dense to know a good player when he sees one. And please people, stop writing kewl and dis and dat and hu, etc. You can't expect to have a convincing argument when I'm not convinced you can string 3 words together.

    By Anonymous patrick, at August 01, 2008 1:14 pm  

  • its a knock on as it went forward even though it didn't touch the ground it still went forwar and therefore is deemed as a knock on

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 14, 2009 1:36 pm  

  • o drisscoll is probaly d best playr in d world ova d last 10yrs!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 11, 2009 4:59 pm  

  • do you guys play rugby? or are you arm chair refs??

    It isn't a knock on. The ball has not touched the ground. It isnt a forward pass because, although he has technically 'passed' it to himself, passing is the act of throwing the ball to another player. It is basically the same as when someone juggles with the ball while running forward. the ball is going forward but it never touches the ground or passed to another player. Therefore play on.

    And to the guy who says he found a loop hole in the laws - WHAT??? look at his reaction afterwards, it was clearly not planned and he didnt sit reading the RFU handbook before the game and thought 'oh, i'll try this to see if it happens.' The winger has clearly over run an inline run and O'driscoll has just been quick minded to realise the error and adjust.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 08, 2010 3:33 pm  

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