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Monday, July 07, 2008

Shannon Paku incredible finish from 2007 Air NZ Cup

With the Air New Zealand Cup, New Zealand's premier domestic rugby competition, kicking off in only a few weeks time, we thought it would be a good idea to randomly feature a few of the better tries scored in recent times in the tournament, which used to be known as, and is still referred to as, the NPC.

This particular try was scored brilliantly by the flying Wellington Lions, Hurricanes, and current New Zealand Maori winger Shannon Paku.

After a movement that started back in Wellington's own half, scrum half Piri Weepu sparked life into the backs as he flew down the wing and bashed into a few North Harbour defenders. Current All Black star Ma'a Nonu then carried it up strongly before it was moved wide through some quick hands, and given to Paku, who had the narrowest of space to work with.

His momentum, and a slight touch from the first tackler, meant that he was never going to make it safely into the corner, especially with another tackler coming across. The big dive followed, and with Paku's body outside of the field of play, airborne, he somehow managed to get the ball down to stylishly finish off a brilliant try.



  • Awesome. I love the commenter-- "Oh shit, that's a try."

    By Anonymous K. Hav, at July 08, 2008 12:04 am  

  • brilliant try!!

    By Anonymous Cheis, at July 08, 2008 12:04 am  

  • think that was, "no QUESTION...that's a try"

    not a 'oh shit'

    brilliant finish. awesome one to add to the archive RD

    By Anonymous halfback999, at July 08, 2008 12:12 am  

  • Aaaw nice one. Love it. Brilliant spatial awareness, if that makes sense.

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 08, 2008 12:25 am  

  • noice finish

    By Anonymous el nino, at July 08, 2008 12:45 am  

  • cracking try!

    By Anonymous catcher, at July 08, 2008 1:45 am  

  • I've never followed much NPC but this is a sublime piece of skill.

    "That's an air Jordan. He's basically jumped from the 3-point line!"


    By Anonymous sajd, at July 08, 2008 1:52 am  

  • If the flag wasnt bent over he wouldn't have mage it!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2008 11:31 am  

  • mark cueto should have watched this before the world cup final.

    By Anonymous felix, at July 08, 2008 12:46 pm  

  • I thought the flag blocked the view of his knee touching the ground, personally.

    Still a good effort.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 08, 2008 1:55 pm  

  • Yeah there's one slow mo from side on which shows his knee touching the ground first but on the other shots is hidden by the corner flag. Still great play, don't want to take anything away from him.

    By Anonymous andy, at July 08, 2008 2:42 pm  

  • Hmmm.. nah guys, watch it again. The angle you're talking about is at 1:16/17, and if you look closely, it's the North Harbour player's leg/knee you can see. Paku's isn't even in full view.. not so?

    I'm just kinda trying to 'believe', cos it was a great try. But watch it again and pause it etc, because I'm pretty sure you're mistaken. Let me know what you think though?

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 08, 2008 3:31 pm  

  • The Superman finish!! that was a very skillful finish

    By Anonymous Liam J, at July 08, 2008 6:57 pm  

  • Got to say that i agree with benson there. Cannot see anything wrong with the try at all. Fantastic try though.

    By Anonymous Walker, at July 08, 2008 8:37 pm  

  • Yeah go the Wellington Lions!! Nice finishing by wharepaku

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2008 4:52 am  

  • think you're right benson. Good try.

    By Anonymous Andy, at July 09, 2008 2:22 pm  

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