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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Midweek Madness - Prop Ben Alexander's big dive try

Earlier in the week we posted the highlights of the Wallabies drubbing of the Barbarians at the Sydney Football Stadium from the weekend. A total of eight tries were scored by the home side, with this one standing out for us as a must share.

Prop Ben Alexander crossed for his first Wallaby try as he hit the gap at an angle, followed up by an outrageous dive that Matt Giteau himself would be proud of.

Alexander has admitted that if he gets the chance again this coming Saturday against Italy, anything could happen.

''Whenever you score is good fun but to get one for your country in a home match is so unbelievable,'' Alexander said.

''I looked up and saw the biggest stupid grin on my face when I realised it wasn't a forward pass... I don't know what was going through my brain when I made the big dive.

''I probably watched Adam Ashley-Cooper do too many swan dives so I tried to copy him, but it didn't look too good and I probably wish I didn't do it.

''I'm always getting tackled on the try line so I can't really do much... It was a great feeling and hard to control your emotions and not carry on too much, if I was a bit more tired I probably wouldn't have carried on as much.''

Commentator Phil Kearns, a former front rower, clearly frowned upon it. Greg Martin though, a back in his heyday, thought it was spectacular.

We tend to agree. Go the dive.



  • comments virginity lost! first comment! :D what a back wannabe XD

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2009 2:01 pm  

  • second comment..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2009 2:07 pm  

  • 3rd comment...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2009 2:24 pm  

  • three sad bastards

    By Anonymous peter, at June 10, 2009 2:39 pm  

  • Go the dive. Love the look on the big mans face as he prepares to launch himself. Shame that it got to the point that props were showboating. Not the way Lewsey or Corry deserved to go out.

    By Anonymous Hackney Griffin, at June 10, 2009 2:50 pm  

  • suprised kearnsy didnt say

    "kick him outa the front rowers union"

    By Anonymous Bd, at June 10, 2009 2:59 pm  

  • haha i love the fact that he dived! all a bit of fun!

    By Anonymous Chris, at June 10, 2009 3:31 pm  

  • Nothing wrong with a swallow dive - why should it reserved for the backs?!

    By Anonymous Stewart, at June 10, 2009 4:05 pm  

  • That poor grass. Nothing could have prepared it for that impact.

    By Anonymous anonymous no6, at June 10, 2009 4:21 pm  

  • I expected a spectacular dive, that was just like a whale running aground on the beach

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2009 5:27 pm  

  • "first a hooker, now a front rower" hooker is also front row ? ?

    btw the dive itself and the idea that a prop should dive is ___very lame___ let the backs dive, they never get hurt on the pitch

    ps: i think chabal should be banned from all official rugby matches

    By Anonymous taiwanprop, at June 10, 2009 7:04 pm  

  • taiwanprop said ps: i think chabal should be banned from all official rugby matches

    um and why should that be??

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 10, 2009 10:16 pm  

  • kearns is just jelous because he can never get a try like that

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 11, 2009 3:35 am  

  • taiwanprop said ps: i think chabal should be banned from all official rugby matches

    what a strange statement to make???

    Why should he be banned taiwanprop?

    And anon at the start losing his virginity, well done mate now maybe ul stop wetting the bed too!

    By Blogger Kenny, at June 11, 2009 12:41 pm  

  • haha love the first comment. don't think kenny got that one.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 12, 2009 1:02 am  

  • Anonymous said...
    haha love the first comment. don't think kenny got that one.

    I think Kenny got it and I agree with him and peter.

    By Anonymous switch, at June 12, 2009 7:06 am  

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