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Friday, September 21, 2007

Kosuke Endo contender for try of the tournament

This has got to be a serious contender for try of the tournament. Not only because it's a great try spanning the length of the field, but because once again we see a minnow team playing great rugby against a traditional rugby nation.

Last night the Japanese lost this game against the Welsh 72-18, but they performed admirably in the first half and held their heads high.

Kosuke Endo's try will no doubt go down in history as one of the best Japanese World Cup tries ever seen.

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  • woooo this is soo nice to watch :D and the crowd! listen to it!

    By Anonymous fabian, at September 21, 2007 3:51 pm  

  • Great try indeed!
    Being portuguese, I tend to over-appreciate the tries of the under-dogs like Japan.
    Teams like Japan or my beloved Portugal cannot put an enduring challange over 80mins against the classic rugby nations, but we can, when we have the ball, go forward with our heads high and try to play quality rugby.
    This try only goes to show that. And it´s an extra argument agains the IRB plan to cut the teams in the world cup.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 21, 2007 3:55 pm  

  • As a supporter of another minnow nation, it's so good to see rugby like this. Hands down, the single best try of the 2007 RWC so far. And, as the poster above said, yet another reason why the idiots at the IRB need to let go of the idea that culling the tournament down to 16 teams is for the game's good. Simply ridiculous.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 21, 2007 4:17 pm  

  • The RWC should be broken down into groups of 3 and then have a super 8's group then a knock-out at the end, like in 20/20 Cricket

    That way no-one will have a clue what the hell is going on

    Great try, bit like Wales in RWC 2003

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 21, 2007 4:30 pm  

  • the 4th comment, by an annonymous is probably the stupidest suggestion i have ever read

    By Anonymous DMPRFC14, at September 21, 2007 5:51 pm  

  • Minow Team + Beautiful Try = Biggest Pleasure

    This is great, congratulation for the combative spirit!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 21, 2007 6:00 pm  

  • beautiful!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 21, 2007 7:37 pm  

  • Fantastic try just goes to show that even the small teams have more than earned their place at the world cup. Great hands and great speed for the try, and the other try they scored wasn't half bad either

    P.S. I fear for the integrity of my country (Ireland) in about 1 hours time after what the french will probably do to us.

    By Anonymous Sean, at September 21, 2007 8:15 pm  

  • this try is world class. the ab would do well to score a try like this, and its not like the welsh defense is that bad either. great movement by the japanese.

    By Anonymous Kurt, at September 21, 2007 9:19 pm  

  • Brilliant move. They were just too fast for the Welsh...

    By Blogger Lemou, at September 22, 2007 12:40 am  

  • fantastic team try. perfect hands all the way and a strong finish. Pretty poor rucking by Wales though

    By Anonymous lobes, at September 22, 2007 4:57 am  

  • Fantastic!! Absolutely fantastic.. showed great hands to transfer the ball from one end to the other..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 22, 2007 7:32 am  

  • gd try, chabals solo try was better surely tho

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 22, 2007 10:34 am  

  • Would anyone know where I can watch this clip other than YouTube? Its claimed on there...

    By Blogger Sea-Bass, at September 22, 2007 7:41 pm  

  • Try of the cup so far, just wish the minnows had better funding to enable them to compete and give the top teams a run for their money.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 22, 2007 10:16 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 23, 2007 5:20 am  

  • Thanks for re-uploading! Indeed this is the try of the tournament so far, what a beautiful try. Go Japan!

    By Blogger Sea-Bass, at September 23, 2007 10:42 pm  

  • Absolutely brilliant. What a spectacular succession of passes.

    I haven't seen many matches of the RWC, but from what I've seen this is by far the best try -though the one I enjoyed the most was Corleto against France :).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 24, 2007 11:01 am  

  • fantastic long passing; hopefully Japan can take something from it into the Canadian game... what were the Welsh forwards doing???

    By Blogger boomshanka, at September 24, 2007 12:14 pm  

  • Absolute class try. By a country mile the best try of the World Cup.

    By Blogger Peter, at September 24, 2007 6:39 pm  

  • Methinks that beats the Barbarians team try of '73. Marvellous Japan! A joy to watch...

    They really should focus on Rugby as their main national sport, I mean, what else do they play?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 24, 2007 10:41 pm  

  • Baseball, of course ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 25, 2007 5:00 am  

  • I'm new to the sport of rugby, and I thought you have to push the ruck past the ball to get possession. Why could he just jump over and grab it without rucking?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 14, 2007 4:15 am  

  • you have to come thru the back of a ruck so if you can walk thru the middle like the jap did you can pick it up and run. plus the ball is technically out because the player rucking has his knees on the ground, so he is no longer rucking just part of the pile. but great try

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 16, 2007 6:41 pm  

  • he could pick it up because the ball was out

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 08, 2007 11:22 pm  

  • Someone check me on this. I don't see where the ball ever contacted the try zone until the player was in touch. His arm was in the way. Great play, no doubt. But it doesn't look like a try to me.

    By Blogger Richard, at November 16, 2007 5:48 pm  

  • He scored the try even before he was tackled. Look at it he downs the ball just before he was hit and rolled over.

    By Blogger Hendrick, at November 17, 2007 3:30 am  

  • The ball never touched the fround in the try zone. first his armm is in the way and then as he rolls over he's out!!
    The best "try" of the tournament though!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 29, 2008 9:26 pm  

  • Brilliant try!
    Really does make you smile to see something like this.

    By Anonymous Ronnie, at February 08, 2008 6:05 pm  

  • ive refreshed this afew times, but each time i try and watch it, i just get sound and a black screen. anoying as youtube dont have this video anymore, and no one else seems to have it either

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 22, 2008 1:40 pm  

  • Kirwan is teaching well!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 18, 2009 9:59 am  

  • Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 05, 2010 12:59 am  

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