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Monday, February 23, 2009

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 16

We have another Best Tries of the Top 14 video for you today, this time from last weekend's Round 16 in the star studded top league of France.

Round 16 produced a few classic matches with superb tries from Toulon, as featured here, Perpignan, Stade Francais, and Clermont Auvergne.

Take note of Dan Carter’s deft kick through for the Maxime Mermoz try, coming in at number four on this vid. Carter showed the type of brilliance he’s known for - making the complicated look easy.

Unfortunately for Carter, Perpignan, and rugby fans all over the world, he was injured in the same match after a collision with opposite number Juan Martin Hernandez and will be out for some time.

Maxime Medard finished off a fantastic Toulouse team try, but it was Toulon who feature strongly as we see some great touches in their match against Mont De Marsan.

The thus far disappointing Sonny Bill Williams finally showed what he can do, scoring an excellently taken try, finally giving the fans something to get excited about. While still new to Union, and after a few injury problems, perhaps this will now be the spark he needs to lift his game to the high standards we all know he’s capable of reaching.

Enjoy the tries and feel free to leave your thoughts on your favourites, whether you think Sonny Bill will continue to improve, or if you think Dan Carter’s performances and subsequent injury is perhaps the biggest disappointment of the year so far.

Time: 05:00



  • nice...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 23, 2009 1:44 pm  

  • great stuff

    will good to see the top 10 of whole season

    By Blogger Flooz, at February 23, 2009 2:13 pm  

  • Brilliant off-load for beauxis try

    By Anonymous roddymac, at February 23, 2009 2:47 pm  

  • Excellent tries, keep em coming !!

    By Anonymous tehsniper, at February 23, 2009 5:31 pm  

  • Love the tries and love the commentary even though I don't understand a word.

    By Anonymous will66, at February 23, 2009 5:47 pm  

  • WOOHOOO ^^

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 23, 2009 6:49 pm  

  • Haha love the WOO WOO! Some nice tries there, all the space of one weekend.

    By Anonymous Palu, at February 23, 2009 7:31 pm  

  • Martin Jágr ole! I love this guy!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 23, 2009 8:44 pm  

  • Beautiful Rugby! Great passing, Terrific running! I love the Top 14

    By Anonymous AmerkiaLock, at February 23, 2009 8:49 pm  

  • The "Woohoo" was made by Rodolphe Pires a crazy guy who comment for Dragons Catalans ( rugby league ) last year, he is on few videos on youtube a crazy guy who comment with his earth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 23, 2009 8:51 pm  

  • More of this please

    By Anonymous gongshow, at February 23, 2009 8:56 pm  

  • Awesome

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 23, 2009 9:51 pm  

  • i thought dan carters kick was a great peice of skill, kicking off his bad foot, but then i remembered that he is left footed! but it was a perfect kick through!!

    By Anonymous tana13, at February 23, 2009 10:11 pm  

  • The woo-hoo guy is a nutter if he is the ex rugby league Catalan commentator.

    I'm surprised he hasn't given himself a heart attack lol

    By Blogger Chris, at February 24, 2009 12:43 am  

  • I'd love to bathe my testacles in yer Mums mouth, Sportspass.

    By Blogger Chris, at February 24, 2009 12:43 am  

  • nice = why do all french wingers have beards and long hair ?

    hey jamestheconvict - you still around ?

    seems to be alot of people blogging in ur name

    By Anonymous aussierugbyfan, at February 24, 2009 3:04 am  

  • oh i am here

    and would people please stop blogging stupid childish shit with my name

    Thanks RD - good clip

    BTW - anyone still unsure - I am not a kiwi - the convict reference is designed to indicate i am an aussie

    By Anonymous jamestherealconvict, at February 24, 2009 5:26 am  

  • Some nice tries but im not too sure about the defence. I know that this has been an topic of discussion in the past about whether the tries are that good or the defence is that bad but there are some pretty bad defensive reads that allow some of the tries. Im pretty sure that you wouldnt see set piece play scored off that often in super14 or heineken cup. Also the amount of centre field line breaks off set play when there should be a set defence pattern, I don't know it just seems that the defence is ordinary not the offence is awesome. Still.....better level level of rugy than I could ever play at......

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2009 6:43 am  

  • aussierugbyfan:
    do you know an other french winger with a beard and long hairs? the only french player with a beard and long hairs is not a winger > sebastien chabal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2009 12:20 pm  

  • jamestheconvict says .. "and would people please stop blogging stupid childish shit with my name"

    yeah, stop it, because James is already doing a great job of that =)

    By Anonymous ABboy, at February 24, 2009 12:43 pm  

  • u just got to love how the french commentators get so exited about nice rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2009 1:37 pm  

  • Rugbydump i don't think you realise that watching the videos is the highlight of my office lunch break. So when you forget to put them up it pretty much ruins my day :)

    I guess i'll just have to watch JW sticking that drop kick over again!!

    By Anonymous andy, at February 24, 2009 2:49 pm  

  • Anonymous:
    "The "Woohoo" was made by Rodolphe Pires a crazy guy who comment for Dragons Catalans ( rugby league ) last year, he is on few videos on youtube a crazy guy who comment with his earth."

    your English expanation, was Python-esque to say the least.

    Of course, great videos. It's almost more fun to not understand the commentators, but to just pick up on the "ooh la la"s

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at February 24, 2009 6:57 pm  

  • Just to give you an overview of what's french rugby culture :

    First in Bayonne (la pena baiona):


    The in Toulon (funny video of the first match of Umaga in Toulon) :


    I hope it gave you a good idea of the french fever into top 14 stadiums and hope that for non french you understand why commentator are so excited.

    Up the rugby!

    By Blogger Arnaud, at February 25, 2009 2:30 am  

  • lovely! that james try was awsome, so was carter's little grubber :)

    thumps up to french rugby, what a great league and passioned crowd they have - i could never even dream about having this skill and crowd level here in germany :(

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at February 25, 2009 11:02 am  

  • To Cheyanqui, i'm sorry for my English i know he sucks, i'm french.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 25, 2009 6:18 pm  

  • hoo sorry it's me again, yeah i made a bad fault, i don't want to say earth but heart.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 25, 2009 6:19 pm  

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