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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 4

For those of you who enjoy catching up on the latest tries in the French Top 14, we've got another weekly wrap of the best ten, this time from Round 4.

Last time some of you guys weren't too impressed with the standard of tries unfortunately. This week the standard is elevated somewhat, as we see some great tries from all across the league. We think these clips are worth showing anyway, because some of you wouldn't be exposed to French rugby otherwise.

There's a handful of contenders, but at number one this week is a classic try by Montpellier against Montauban, scored on their way to their 32-10 win. The support play by French international flanker Fulgence Ouedraogo was superb, and he actually managed two tries on the day.

Enjoy the clip, and later today we'll have the best bits from the Help For Heroes match that was played at Twickenham over the weekend.

Time: 03:14



  • Number 1 is certainly deserved

    By Blogger alasdair, at September 25, 2008 12:01 pm  

  • yeah, the chistera by Trinh-Duc is class, and Ouedraogo, classic open side support running...
    The Benjamin fall try is very nice too. The kid is like 20years old.

    By Anonymous Charles, at September 25, 2008 12:26 pm  

  • no 1 ceratinly one of the best i've seen this year

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at September 25, 2008 12:27 pm  

  • what about the other montpellier try, where Trinh-Duc finds the gap with an amazing flat pass. He's starting to show more and more signs of a class act, hopefully he'll get more time in the french jersey.

    Any news on Michalak yet, is he playing?

    By Anonymous Rnz, at September 25, 2008 12:44 pm  

  • Excellent tries, has to be the best league in the world in my opinion.

    Does anyone know if Gavin Williams, scoring try number 3 in the Castres v Dax game is welsh?

    By Anonymous geraint, at September 25, 2008 12:49 pm  

  • Nice tries, number 1 is awesome.

    rnz - michalak is still with the sharks in SA.

    geraint - he's samoan mate, sorry.

    By Anonymous Shaft, at September 25, 2008 12:53 pm  

  • Michalak came back in France to toulouse... with the other international n°10 David Skrela and in n°9 Kelleher and Elissalde

    Try n°1 is awesome!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 25, 2008 1:49 pm  

  • yeah not to repeat myself over and over, but like Courrent, Trinh-Duc's got it... and him playing in a smaller squad is only good for his development, just as Biarritz's flyer... I'm getting worried for Elissalde's time on the pitch, with Michalak returning and skrela to play 10, as Kelleher is not going anywhere (and ever so rightly)... France surely has a bunch of 10s (and always has)

    By Anonymous francois, at September 25, 2008 2:41 pm  

  • Thanks for this post, great to see some top14 highligts even abroad!
    Forza BBR

    By Anonymous Julien, at September 25, 2008 2:50 pm  

  • those french commentators are great and the tries as well

    By Blogger sebastian, at September 25, 2008 3:35 pm  

  • good to see ollie smith doing well over in france, its just a shame he left england, what a player

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 25, 2008 3:35 pm  

  • The top two tries (and one of the early tries from a kick return) were great, but there was a lot of filler from linebreak + draw and pass = try. It is a weekly round up, but I feel like I saw a greater number of high quality tries in the Canterbury and Wellington games of the ANZ NPC last week. It's all a matter of taste, I suppose.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at September 25, 2008 4:47 pm  

  • im probalby gonna get abused now but tthe magners league is hugesly underated
    ive never seen a magners compilation of tries
    and theres some amazing scores
    players like shane williams, contempomi, doug howlett have had some crackers so far this season
    i would love to see a short magners league vid

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 25, 2008 7:48 pm  

  • yeah anarchangel you're right! RD! where are the sum-ups of the cantab and wellington games?

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at September 25, 2008 7:51 pm  

  • opzafonk.. take a look at the short news item for a simple explanation.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at September 25, 2008 8:19 pm  

  • why are there sooo many forward passes in the French league??

    Last highlights had 2 glaring ones. Admittedly this one has only 1 obvious one (no7) and a potential fp (could have been flat) in No3...

    No 1 was an absolute stunner though

    By Anonymous ben v, at September 25, 2008 8:30 pm  

  • That's very strange but gaving williams is not welsh, he play for...samoa!!! i have see him during the world cup, and it's a interresting player!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 25, 2008 8:30 pm  

  • gavin williams is from auckland. typical bloody samoa - stealing new zealand born players as usual

    By Anonymous felix, at September 25, 2008 8:57 pm  

  • removed already? does anyone know anywhere where i can watch this?

    By Anonymous fresh1, at September 25, 2008 10:46 pm  

  • No 1 is an outstanding try, good vision, excellent skill with the kick and what an amazing pass.

    Very nice.

    By Anonymous V99, at September 25, 2008 11:07 pm  

  • Fresh1, refresh your browser... the video is still there. :)

    By Anonymous Benson, at September 25, 2008 11:19 pm  

  • Some good tries - seems the Top14 is becoming the Premiership of the rugby world

    By Blogger boomshanka, at September 26, 2008 12:30 am  

  • geriant, gavin williams in samoan

    By Anonymous kiwi, at September 26, 2008 2:10 am  

  • No. 1 was well worth a look, but for me... watching these 10 tries I felt very underwhelmed.
    I guess anarchangel is right when he says its a matter of taste, but do people really think that "the Top14 is becoming the Premiership of the rugby world"?
    I see a lot of running straight and ball through the hands. Executed well, no doubt... but that's stuff we practice at the bottom rung of club level.
    - Granite (sorry, can't log in right now for some reason)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 26, 2008 4:10 am  

  • Sorry, i meant Premiership as in Players from around the globe are gonna be bought/sold/traded for vast (excessive?) revenue via European millionaires + no salary caps .

    ie. the Glamour league...

    ...but give me Counties beating Auckland any day ;1

    By Blogger boomshanka, at September 26, 2008 6:53 am  

  • It's French, so it's bad. That's apparently what some of you guys think, you're criticizing the Top14without giving any arguments.You're talking about forward passes, but really i didn't see any in this vid.It sounds like you don't want France to make (for once!)something well. French Top14 is becoming very classy, one of the best rugby championship in world, that's all, no need to talk and criticize like a child, just enjoy watching quality rugby.

    Le Clairvoyant

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 26, 2008 1:05 pm  

  • Look Mr anonymous, i never said it was French and therefore bad. I love french flair and thing their league (apart from the stupid amount of fights) is great.

    All i said was that there seem to be a few tries scored with forward passes involved, that's true.

    Don't believe me, check out the last round up

    Watch number 9. there are 2 forward passes in that try alone! The second is probably the most BLATANT fp I've EVER seen.

    By Anonymous Ben V, at September 26, 2008 5:52 pm  

  • opfazonk said:
    RD! where are the sum-ups of the cantab and wellington games?

    Greiffel said:
    take a look at the short news item for a simple explanation.

    All I see is a note about this weekend's games. But it's dated the 26th, so the news item you're refering too have probably been shuffled off. How can I see the news archive?

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at September 26, 2008 8:34 pm  

  • montpellier - montauban seemed to be a great game. some really good rugby in this clip!

    By Anonymous minstrel boy, at September 29, 2008 11:11 am  

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