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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fantastic try saving chase & tackle by Tim Bateman

Canterbury center Tim Bateman produced a pretty special moment against Auckland this weekend in the Air New Zealand Cup, as we saw him chase down Jamie Helleur after an intercept looked destined to result in 7 points.

While still a relatively new face to fans around the world, since making his senior debut in 2006, young Tim Bateman has continued to impress whenever he's worn the famous red and black jersey.

His pedigree speaks for itself, as he hails from the esteemed Christchurch Boys High School, following in the footsteps of the likes of Andrew Mehrtens, Aaron Mauger, Daniel Carter, Scott Hamilton and Stephen Brett. His two years playing for the u19's has also held him in good stead.

While Bateman isn't the biggest center in world rugby, he seemingly makes up for the lack of size with his darting runs and grim determination on defense, as we saw in Christchurch on Saturday.

This 75-metre chase to haul down opposition fullback Helleur centimetres from the line was highly impressive, and as the commentators reiterated, will go a long way to earning Bateman the respect and recognition he'll need to keep rising in New Zealand rugby.

With the home side only 5-0 up at that stage, a converted try could have easily shifted the momentum in Auckland's favour. Batemans chase had a great effect on the whole side morale wise, with their overall effort being lifted for the rest of the match, as front rower Wyatt Crockett testified to.

"When they did make half-breaks, we scrambled quite well and that effort from Timmy ... I was probably about 90 metres away, hoping he was going to get him. You look up and you see that and it was just a magnificent effort and it lifts everyone. It was massive, psychologically."

Auckland didn't come close to crossing again in the match, with the the home side Canterbury coming out convincing victors 34-3 in the end.

PLEASE NOTE: This video has been removed by Mediazone, who own the rights to the footage and no longer allow us to use it. Apologies from our side.


Time: 02:11


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24 Comments:

  • Hey look, a rolling maul! Nice clip RD and great chase. I won't point out the error but best you re-read the second paragraph while there's still time.

    By Anonymous breakaway, at August 20, 2008 2:39 am  

  • yeah heheh
    massive chase great effort from timmmy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2008 8:34 am  

  • If Bateman isn't wearing the 12 shirt for the All Blacks in the 2011 World Cup then the NZ selectors will have missed the boat once again.

    By Anonymous Grizz Wyllie, at August 20, 2008 10:26 am  

  • Well fixed RD. As for the chase, I like the way Bateman judged the tackle ... three strides earlier and around the knees (which must have been tempting) and Helleur could've bounced/stumbled over the line but he was patient and got him round the shoulders with a metre to spare.

    By Anonymous breakaway, at August 20, 2008 11:02 am  

  • Thanks breakaway. Late night writing at it's best.

    Great determined chasing by Bateman. He looks a real prospect, and as Grizz says, easily has the potential to be an AB in the future.

    By Blogger RD, at August 20, 2008 11:30 am  

  • He is from Canterbury. I wouldnt let him lick the shit off my boots.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2008 11:56 am  

  • Awesome try saving tackle had that been Sitiveni Sivivatu chasing he would of gave up. Definately what he lacks in size he makes up for in sheer determination.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2008 11:59 am  

  • That's tough lick talk anonymous but if you stopped walking around with shit on your boots you might be more popular.

    By Anonymous briscoe, at August 20, 2008 12:36 pm  

  • lol Briscoe.

    Provincialism alive and well.

    By Anonymous Shaft, at August 20, 2008 1:06 pm  

  • My understanding of the EVLs are admittedly a little rusty, but is the Canterbury defender (fullback?)who kicks the ball away not coming in from an offside position? I ask because I was under the impression that as soon as the tackle has been made, the offside line immediately becomes effective and hence the defender should have to go 'through the gate'. I am sure RD posted a clip of a S14 game where a similar try-saving tackle was made and the covering defender was pulled up for a similar intervention?

    By Anonymous Stoojay, at August 20, 2008 1:50 pm  

  • My understanding of the EVLs are admittedly a little rusty, but is the Canterbury defender (fullback?)who kicks the ball away not coming in from an offside position? I ask because I was under the impression that as soon as the tackle has been made, the offside line immediately becomes effective and hence the defender should have to go 'through the gate'. I am sure RD posted a clip of a S14 game where a similar try-saving tackle was made and the covering defender was pulled up for a similar intervention?

    By Anonymous Stoojay, at August 20, 2008 1:51 pm  

  • The ELVs don't apply when Canterbury play Auckland. The unwritten law is that if you're too slow to score a try with the line wide open then you're too damn shit to step foot on a rugby field in Christchurch.

    The Auckland fullback should've been shown a straight red card and been handed his boarding pass in the process.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2008 2:12 pm  

  • Anonymous must be a Canterbury Supporter, pity all the "shit" talk doesnt make one a good rugby player.

    By Anonymous Andrew, at August 20, 2008 2:48 pm  

  • stoojay: maybe you're right, but if the S14 clip you mention and this one both put the following-up player offside then that law has got major problems. Both players are on the ground, Helleur gropes for the ball and seems to knock it on and then it lies there for a moment pretty much in the open. I reckon the tackle is well over and a ruck has never formed and if the fullback coming through can't clean up then like I say, that's gotta be a problem.

    By Anonymous breakaway, at August 20, 2008 3:05 pm  

  • Helleur is gonna be feeling a whole lot slower with that on his mind for the next while. I know he managed against Nonu alright in the Super14 but he does seem a bit small for 12.

    By Blogger MikeyB, at August 20, 2008 3:31 pm  

  • As soon as he made the intercept it became open play and when he got tackled there is no offside line because no ruck had formed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2008 3:42 pm  

  • anonymous above, that is incorrect.

    under the ELVs, the offside line is formed when a tackle is made, not when a ruck is formed (as used to be the case).

    the player who kicks the ball dead is offside, yes but the referee has already ruled a knock-on from the auckland fullback. you can debate whether or not he did in fact lose it forward but that's what the ref ruled.

    By Anonymous halfback999, at August 20, 2008 5:25 pm  

  • And that is why when we coach our youngsters, we tell them to never give up the chase. One of the things I really appreciate about RD is that it can be used time and again to show my boys at school exactly what makes the top players the top players!

    Thanks RD, once again a great clip.

    By Anonymous DThomas, at August 20, 2008 6:58 pm  

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    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at August 20, 2008 7:02 pm  

  • to add to halfback999's comment:

    Advantage Canterbury on the Auckland knock-on.

    no advantage gained due to Canterbury support player coming from offside. Scrum Canterbury.

    One might consider that the Cantabrian's kick from offsides was cynical, and that the player didn't care if there was a knock-on or not, he was determined to kill the ball.

    However, that's a tough "what if".

    IMHO, that player should get a talking to from the referee, but no penalty.

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at August 20, 2008 7:03 pm  

  • "It's all about atitude"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 20, 2008 8:46 pm  

  • The admiration shown by the commentators and sideline men makes this chase all the more special for me.

    Too often we see guys do something great on the field and the commentators don't give them their due praise. Good on them.

    By Anonymous Shaft, at August 20, 2008 9:04 pm  

  • i dont see how thats cynical play. assuming he did know about the knock on, the auckland winger was right there, and i dont see how he was going to construct any kind of play. if he had picked up the ball he probably wouldve been taken down, which would have resulted in the cantebury scrum anyway. and if he didnt know about the knock on advantage, then he made a judgement call awarding a 5m scrum rather than allowing the try. ive seen players kick the ball dead when it seems they cant save it from being regathered by the opposition in the goal area, and theres a clip on RD of ROG doing the same thing for munster and being praised for it.

    By Anonymous miguel, at August 20, 2008 9:10 pm  

  • Bateman you little beauty.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 22, 2008 1:34 am  

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