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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Stick Phil Vickery on the wing - Great prop try from 2002

Since the weekend's Test between the British & Irish Lions and the Springboks in Durban, Phil Vickery has had his reputation diminished slightly as he took a mauling in the scrum. On the wing, Ugo Monye has suffered a similar fate following his lack of finishing.

The pieces of the puzzle now fit, and after seeing this try from 2002, it all makes sense – stick big Phil out on the wing. With finishing like this, you can’t go wrong.

It was May 2002 and the Zurich Premiership (as it was known then) Quarter Final between Gloucester and Newcastle at Kingsholm.

The home side, Gloucester, scored nine tries as they romped to an emphatic 60-9 victory, scoring some fantastic tries, but none more memorable than this great effort from their captain courageous, Phil Vickery.

Some superb lead up play from the scintillating James Simpson-Daniel allowed Vickery to be released on the left wing. Showing the Shed his impression of a top class left winger, the big guy fended off the attention of Gareth McClure, then ran over Liam Botham as he dived over for a quality try.

He’s had a long and illustrious career, so it would be a shame for the 33 year old to be remembered for what happened at the hands of The Beast last Saturday.

This try sheds a little light on the situation, and there’s no doubt that Vickers would have easily finished both those chances that Monye had.

The Lions play the Emerging Springboks in Cape Town later today. Take a look at our Fixtures page for upcoming matches, as well as links to highlights from the rest of the tour.

Time: 02:37




  • A great prop. Probably one of the best ever in Rugby Union.

    By Blogger RS, at June 23, 2009 10:56 am  

  • i always thopught he was wildly overrated, but shame to see him fall to pieces last week, we could have done with crack stevens

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 11:11 am  

  • I still think he's a good prop (perhaps was) it's just the beast is an absolute monster.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 11:32 am  

  • It's a great try but it's not as good as Trevor Woodman's one.... don't think i could ever tire of watching that one...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 11:42 am  

  • Trevor Woodman is hidden somewhere on RD.
    Vickery was a good prop i think "the beast" has just push where it's hurt.
    Springboks scrum is coming back at great level as french one.

    Munster and Argentina are inspiring ones

    By Anonymous Gavin, at June 23, 2009 12:12 pm  

  • he's a freakin legend, but his time is over...
    selecting him for the lions tour, leading into a complete humiliation against the boks - that kinda damaged his myth...

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at June 23, 2009 12:26 pm  

  • "so it would be a shame for the 33 year old to be remembered for what happened at the hands of The Beast last Saturday"

    He'll only be remembered for what happened on Saturday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 1:00 pm  

  • A Great poem that addresses situations like this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 1:10 pm  

  • epic

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 1:26 pm  

  • well, lets hope he redeems himself in the next test...
    if he even gets the chance, that is...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 1:32 pm  

  • To anon three above

    fucking class:D

    By Anonymous creggs08, at June 23, 2009 1:49 pm  

  • Is it just me, or was the beast just driving in for the whole match. My interpretation would have been a penalty to England at every scrum for not driving straight. Watch it again and there's a strong case for this. Again, it's down to the way scrums are interpreted by the referee

    By Anonymous Ed, at June 23, 2009 2:12 pm  

  • what did the commentator say?
    player the premiership fears, ___ simpson vickery what's the first name he said?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 2:40 pm  

  • Ed im afraid ur wrong mate..he scrumed fine..ur scrum coach said so and so did paddy o'brian

    By Anonymous dale, at June 23, 2009 2:55 pm  

  • Whatever happened last weekend, Vicks has been a great servant to England. You don't prop for 12 years at the highest level if you are not good. Time now for Vicks to put his feet up.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 3:19 pm  

  • hill-simpson-vickey...the hybrid super star

    By Anonymous bigox, at June 23, 2009 3:23 pm  

  • He said Phil Simpson Vickery as in a combination of Phil Vickery and James Simpson Daniel.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 4:07 pm  

  • Beast is shite just immensly powerful, adam jones can negated his power as he gone bring him a lot lower than vickery. WOuld've loved to see what tom smith would've done with him :) Technique over raw power any day

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 5:53 pm  

  • great try! but to be fair the beast could do better on the wing and he killed vickery at scrum time...

    this is a blast from the past.. no more.. phil vickery is over

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 6:02 pm  

  • For me 2 awesome loosehead prop this year: Fabien Barcella the French and Mtawarira, the same profils, great tacklers, mobile prop, and hard in the scrum !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 7:57 pm  

  • Awesome try, but yes Vickery is actually a simply good prop, but never forget his old days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 23, 2009 8:03 pm  

  • i have to agree with ed whilst some of the beats scrummaging was superb he didnt solely push straight, some of the clsoe ups showed this, vicks is a great but jones with start, fingers crossed itll be problem solved

    By Anonymous Joe, at June 23, 2009 9:20 pm  

  • ''My interpretation would have been a penalty to England at every scrum for not driving straight. Watch it again and there's a strong case for this''
    Sorry ED Im pretty sure SA were not playing England last weekend

    By Anonymous ybr, at June 24, 2009 3:38 pm  

  • "Oh God, he's gonna bore his friends tonight"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 24, 2009 8:25 pm  

  • So Vickery can score a winger's try but not do his own job in one of the most significant tours that only come around every 4 years.

    It should be noted that the Beast Mtawarira has put on a numerous amount of breaks as well.

    By Blogger Tuilagi-Inspired, at June 25, 2009 7:52 am  

  • Sadly the bull is no longer raging

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at June 25, 2009 2:17 pm  

  • While Vikcery was never an awesome scrummager the job that the BEast did on him in the 2nd test had more to do with having tiny Lee Mears at hooker and Alun Ayn Jones at second row behing him. In the 3rd test when we had Rees at hooker at the huge Simon Shaw at second row he had no problme wih the Beast.

    He has played for 12 years, has 70 caps and has won a World Cup.....I am sure he will take that!

    By Anonymous jm, at October 28, 2010 3:17 pm  

  • A 6 feet 4 inch prop is never going to be a good scrummager at internationla level purely based on technique diffculties....I don't care how much you can becnh press. Sheridan is massive and strong as an ox as well but not a great scrummager for the same reason. You are better off being under 6 feet....remember how Paul Wallace negated the Massive Oz du Randy on the 1997 Lions tour. If you are strong squat and can take it low you will be fine.

    By Anonymous Mike, at October 28, 2010 3:20 pm  

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