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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Air New Zealand Cup - Round 7 & 8 Highlights

With all that's going on at the moment, we haven't featured Air New Zealand Cup highlights in a while. We've got some for you today though, with the best tries from rounds 7 & 8 of the tournament.

As always it's action packed with incredible handling and plenty of young players waiting in the wings to be the next All Blacks. There's a conveyor belt of depth and talent in New Zealand, and the Air New Zealand cup is where you see most of it revealed.

In Round 7, Counties Manukau prop Simon Lemalu scored two well taken tries as they picked up a 37-21 bonus point win over Northland.

Tasman thumped Waikato 23-9 with captain Andrew Goodman scoring one of the individual tries of the season as he received the ball 60m out and managed to sprint and swerve his way around the defence. Auckland then snatched a 23-20 win against Manawatu with a late try to wing Atieli Pakalani.

In Round 8 Bay of Plenty beat Tasman 24-13, but we saw a nice try scored by Tasman lock Alex Ainley following a powerful break by livewire hooker Quentin MacDonald. Elsewhere, Canterbury beat Taranaki 29-17, scoring four tries in the process. Fullback Sean Maitland contributed with two excellent tries of his own.

Hawkes Bay beat Otago 32-10 in Napier with Israel Dagg and Jason Shoemark getting two tries each. North Harbour then beat Auckland 16-14, with the best try being scored by Andrew Mailei following nice work from Rudi Wulf, Jack McPhee and George Pisi.

Time: 03:04
Song: Rebekah by the D4



  • Great stuff. Been waiting for this, thanks!

    By Anonymous Dave, at September 29, 2009 11:54 am  

  • Thanks RD! You're doing an amazing job!
    Cheers from France

    By Blogger Olivier, at September 29, 2009 11:56 am  

  • Canterbury (?) try at 1:25 was awesome

    By Anonymous decepti0n, at September 29, 2009 12:00 pm  

  • awesome stuff, cheers RD

    By Anonymous piaruskov, at September 29, 2009 12:33 pm  

  • Just a reminder from us:
    Comments posted that we feel aren't within the spirit of this site will be removed, especially if they're negative, argumentative, and posted as Anonymous.


    By Blogger RD, at September 29, 2009 12:47 pm  

  • hate to be negative, but these teams are all terrible in defense! They need a lesson from Heineken players, or rugby league...ists. i like the first two prop tries, did the lineout go 5 metres? anyway good strength and eye for the line.

    By Anonymous Rugger boi, at September 29, 2009 12:50 pm  

  • Rugger Boi, if you hate it, then why do it?

    Just enjoy the tries and don't be a smartarse.

    I can guarantee that on a Heineken Cup tries vid you'll see bad defence too. That's because it's a TRIES video! lol

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at September 29, 2009 12:54 pm  

  • Great to see guys flinging the ball around and trying new things - v. entertaining thanks RD.

    The first try for the White and Blue stripes (don't know the team) - crossing anyone?

    By Anonymous Ted, at September 29, 2009 1:03 pm  

  • Good tries, I think currie cup is far better though.

    By Anonymous JayZ, at September 29, 2009 1:26 pm  

  • Song?

    By Anonymous David, at September 29, 2009 2:21 pm  

  • that carter (?)chip from the kick off is absolutely brilliant !!!

    By Anonymous luxi, at September 29, 2009 2:23 pm  

  • This is the best highlights i've seen. And i'm GP fan. Sure there is some bad defence (it's a video about tries, ofcourse there will be some bad defence) but it's mostly great support play and timing of passes.

    If this is the future of NZ rugby then they have nothing to worry about. Well not in the tight 5 anyway!

    By Anonymous Andy, at September 29, 2009 2:54 pm  

  • @ David, the song title has been updated under the vid. It's a song called Rebekah by Kiwi band The D4.

    @ Luxi - that was Stephen Brett actually. Carter was on AB's duty.

    By Blogger RD, at September 29, 2009 4:20 pm  

  • Sup folks, i notice the ANZ cup games involve a ton of running and not much forward power am i mistaken?

    Aslo the players in the Currie Cup "appear" to be quite a bit larger that these cats, of course i could be wrong.

    All the same good tries

    By Anonymous semperfimamba, at September 29, 2009 8:44 pm  

  • Great vid and great tries, can someone clear it up for me, are these guys pro's?

    By Anonymous Blue valley boy, at September 29, 2009 9:26 pm  

  • A slightly beside the point comment, but I couldn't help noticing that the attendance seemed pretty poor at some of these matches. It's something that I've noticed in a few videos actually. Any comments anyone?

    By Anonymous Phil, at September 29, 2009 11:29 pm  

  • Bluevalleyboy.. yes, they are pros. They're basically one step below Super 14.

    Phil.. rugby overload perhaps.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at September 30, 2009 12:02 am  

  • FrankyH, rugby overload? more like mourning the 3-0 series defeat to the Springboks. lol.

    By Anonymous Large, at September 30, 2009 12:15 am  

  • To be fair, this lot looked sharp, if they can play anywhere near that level on an international stage then the rest of us migh have something to worry about!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 30, 2009 1:18 am  

  • There's a bit of ignorance being displayed.
    This is the Air NZ Cup. It has produced great All Black teams for generations. Respect that.
    Just like the Currie Cup, it's an amazing producer of talent.
    The crowds aren't great (though they're aren't actually much worse than the GP and are probably better than the ML), for a couple reasons. Rugby saturation is one, with the S14 and test rugby, people will only pay to go to watch so much rugby. Also, NZ is a small country, only 4 million people. There just isn't the population density for huge crowds for many of the teams.
    In regards to the defence, it's a try video. Watch the GP try highlights, if anything the defence looks much softer. But that's because you are taking the one moment in the match when the defence was breached. You'd have to be an idiot to think that means the whole game was bad defense. And you lot aren't idiots are you?
    In regard to the size of the players, I'd say overall they're about the same as any league. Of course the Saffers produce alot of huge players.
    And there is alot more adventourous play in NZ, it's the way they've always played, the way the game should be played. It's a hell of a lot more fun to watch then plodding ten man rugby. OVerall, in the history of rugby, it's been alot more effective too, when you have players good enough to pull it off.

    By Anonymous Jon, at September 30, 2009 1:26 am  

  • this was actually some good jamz. esp compared to the usual music put on these vids. cheers!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 30, 2009 1:33 am  

  • that tasman hooker at 1.15 is bloody small! looks like a winger no wonder he can move like that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 30, 2009 2:22 am  

  • sleek tries

    By Anonymous chris syd aust, at September 30, 2009 2:28 am  

  • Yeah obviously defense will look bad when a try is being scored but some of those defenses looked comatose.
    Entertaining tries though.

    By Blogger Lorcan, at September 30, 2009 3:50 am  

  • Brilliant running rugby!!

    If only the all black selectors picked players in form instead of players they like.

    By Anonymous greginglis, at September 30, 2009 4:31 am  

  • Stephen Brett is class and back at his best... I hope they take him on the end of year tour insted of donald.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 30, 2009 5:18 am  

  • hahaha, well played sir.
    check mate.

    By Anonymous Jon, at September 30, 2009 7:50 am  

  • No I am Spartacus.

    By Anonymous Jon, at September 30, 2009 9:57 am  

  • I don't think the defence is that bad, each of the attacking teams are heading for the spaces they've created. Each time there's an opportunity to tackle the guy it seems to be covered. I think it's just good rugby that's really focused on the basics and keeping the ball moving quickly out of the tackle.

    Although one of those tries that winger had the mother of all lucky bounces!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 30, 2009 12:27 pm  

  • Just throwing a random fact out there, if you pack out Wellington's Westpac Stadium then you have 10% of the population of Wellington and any city/town within 2 hours drive at the game.

    That said, some of the turn-outs this year has been pretty por considering the quality of some of the rugby/tries.

    Peace out

    By Blogger Simon, at September 30, 2009 8:19 pm  

  • prop tries=nice;)

    By Anonymous creggs08, at September 30, 2009 9:45 pm  

  • @Large
    Yes rugby overload. The crowds were the same size last year.... you know, just after the ABs beat the Boks 19-0 and claimed another tri nations.
    So stop being a sore winner and grow up.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 01, 2009 12:09 am  

  • This guys have a huge habit of running sidewise.

    By Anonymous Joost, at October 02, 2009 5:07 am  

  • 0:22 -- love it
    Two fat men pulling a Jedi mind-trick on the defense

    Dankie Rugbydump

    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at October 03, 2009 2:56 am  

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