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Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Funnies - Alex Grove's freak try vs Brive

Worcester held off a brave Brive come back in the European Challenge Cup as the French side came back to within four points of the home side, after being down 17-3 after tries from Marcel Garvey and Pat Sanderson.

Ronnie Cooke scored two for Brive, keeping them in the game before Worcester scored another of their own, this time in strange circumstances.

Flyhalf Matthew Jones’ penalty kick flew high off to the right of the posts, looking like a regulation miss and a waste of a possible three points.

Brive made an unforgivable error though as they watched the ball sail wide before it dropped suddenly in front of the man who looked like he had it under control.

The sun obviously played its part, as at the last second he pulled out of catching it, allowing it to bounce for the chasing Alex Grove who snapped it up and scored. Garvey scored again later in the match, sealing a 29-18 win for the home side.

Similar to the Cliff Myton try of 1998, this freak try by shows why following up a penalty kick can prove fruitful. The Brive player lying on the ground with head in hands afterwards is pretty amusing too.

Time: 01:12



  • best of the basics right here

    By Anonymous Oranges, at April 17, 2009 5:23 pm  

  • Just goes to show. Its never a lost cause. Always chase the penalty!!!

    By Anonymous Mentallymadmax, at April 17, 2009 6:02 pm  

  • wait so i hav a question here....if you're taking a kick at goal in a match and just say all the opposition are under the posts can u just kick it lightly to the corner and let a winger touch it down.....this is probably a stupid question i know!

    By Anonymous O. Cleary, at April 17, 2009 7:28 pm  

  • I think you can do that yeah. but the other team should be smart enough to see it.
    anyone else think that run up looks stupid?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 7:32 pm  

  • So - Did the sun get in that number 12's eyes or did he just not want to have career in rugby ever again?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 8:13 pm  

  • seeing this type of thing always makes me think why it dosnt happen more often , i mean we are always taught for a younge age to chase kicks up but people hardly ever do


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 8:18 pm  

  • The sun :<

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 8:59 pm  

  • I've always wondered why teams don't do this on purpose, as a trick or novelty play. Say a kicker has a penalty and motions for posts. Instead of actually aiming for goal, he kicks a high chip kick towards the try zone, almsot like a restart. He has some forwards on his team to retrieve the ball in the air and hopefully touch down. Keep in mind the defense can't charge and the kicker's team practices this. Is this illegal? Unsporting? No coach I played for would let me try this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 9:11 pm  

  • This happened a few years ago with England A vs Ireland A at Kingsholm in Gloucester. It may have been 2006. Jeremy Staunton took a penalty, which missed and the runner got a nice bounce and went over

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 9:47 pm  

  • Often wondered the same... I think it comes down to being unsporting, although quite crafty and strategic. It would be especially effective in lower levels of play where teams bunch up around the posts. Think about this scenario: penalty kick from 30m out close to the left touchline. Opposing team would be lined up around the posts, skewing towards the far touchline. A simple kick towards the near corner chased by your winger and you've got 5 instead of 3.

    By Blogger sacricketer, at April 17, 2009 9:52 pm  

  • Its not done more because to willfully attempt to do what happened in this video is illegal. If you indicate to the referee that you want to take a penalty kick at goal then you have to, by the rules, make an attempt at goal. This means that you can't chip it over to the corner flag for your winger to run in with. Of course its quite hard to police as - for example in this video - its pretty hard to tell whether a professional kicker intended to score a penalty in this case or whether it was pre-planned. Although as it very rarely happens you've got to assume that in this case it was a genuine fluke

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 17, 2009 10:50 pm  

  • yo rugbydump, just quick heads up for another friday funnies-

    last week in the lions v blues game bout 35 mins in, the ball is kicked to touch and it whacks off the ballboys head. commentators got a laugh out of it too

    By Anonymous bD, at April 18, 2009 10:11 am  

  • I wouldn't be entirely surprised if Worcester planned that, because the ball never really challenged the posts, and Garvey chased it pretty hard, like he was expecting it to go there.

    By Blogger Dune, at April 18, 2009 3:34 pm  

  • I think they dont try the chip kick to a winger because its unreliable. and 3 points can sometime make a difference.

    By Anonymous matt, at April 18, 2009 6:03 pm  

  • a year or two ago ronan o gara was setting up for a penalty and saw the opposition team was bunched under the posts,so he asked the ref would it matter if he miskicked the ball really badly.kinda pointless comment cos i can't remember what the ref said!i think he told him not to do it though cos he ended up just kicking the three points

    By Anonymous mark, at April 18, 2009 6:32 pm  

  • was working at sixways when this happened, and when matty jones missed the kick i turned away, head in hands, only to hear the cheer and realise that we had scored lol
    and i can assure any doubters that, after hearing the stick jones got after the game, he was infact attempting to slot it!!!

    By Anonymous max, at April 18, 2009 6:40 pm  

  • haha, the funniest thing for me is how such an awful kick made 5.. or even 7 maybe? points.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 19, 2009 10:06 pm  

  • Bet ya the kicker was sitting there afterwards, "Yeah i ment to do that, obviously"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 28, 2009 8:07 pm  

  • Yeah I'm pretty sure there is some kind of rule that you must have an honest attempt at goal

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 28, 2009 10:21 pm  

  • I was in the stand behind, it didn't look delibrate. Steve Thompson was laughing because Matt missed, until Alex scored!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 21, 2009 6:49 pm  

  • they dont have to be under the posts, all they have to be is 10metres from the kick

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 18, 2010 4:27 pm  

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