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The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

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Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 4

Round 4 of the Top 14 took place on Wednesday last week. Some great tries were scored around French rugby hotspots, so we’ve got the best of the lot here in this Best Tries of the Top 14 compilation for Round 4.

Toulouse won narrowly against Bourgoin, but Freddie Michalak had a blotch on his performance card as he tossed a gift to Lionel Mazars, who sprinted away for the try.

Pretty-in-pink Stade Francais continued their poor run of form, as they lost 40-35 to Montauban. Jean-Emmanuel Cassion finished off an awesome team try for Montauban on the way to their win.

Stade coaches Ewen Mackenzie and Christophe Dominici have both since been fired.

For Bourgoin, Albert Vulivuli finished off a nice try with a neat step, as they beat Racing Metro 17-3. Toulon upset traditionally stronger side Clermont, with Sinoti Sinoti scoring a nice set piece try on the way to the 26-21 victory.

Last seasons winners, Perpignan, got the win against Brive in a scrappy match in which David Marty and Christophe Manas scored tries. 21-9 was the final score there.

Coming up next: Guinness Premiership best tries

Time: 03:59



  • It looks like Stade need to add their defence coach to the sacked list - awful! Vulivuli was named to play in France... if only the English commentators had as much character and flair

    By Anonymous Hackney Griffin, at September 09, 2009 2:22 pm  

  • Brive, if you play Andy Goode at 15, you deserve to concede those tries!

    By Anonymous jackohos, at September 09, 2009 2:33 pm  

  • andy goode at 15 what the hell

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2009 3:20 pm  

  • honestly, with all the discussion about NH vs SH rugby or about which league is the best - there's one thing no rugby fan could ever deny: the french really have the BEST commentators xD

    thx RD

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at September 09, 2009 3:23 pm  

  • lovely tries!! :D can't help but enjoy the top 14.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2009 3:25 pm  

  • Ha, Goode. Viva la Wilko!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2009 4:48 pm  

  • I wish i spoke French. Sounds like the commentators have never had as much fun!

    By Anonymous Inside Shoulder, at September 09, 2009 6:35 pm  

  • best league in world at the moment me thinks!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 09, 2009 10:30 pm  

  • France are also the complete anomaly in the (thus ridiculous) NH SH debate

    By Anonymous mise, at September 09, 2009 10:41 pm  

  • oh yea: and those tries - not in order surely!?!

    By Anonymous mise, at September 09, 2009 10:41 pm  

  • In the article :

    "Toulouse won narrowly against Bourgoin"

    LOL... Game was against Bayonne...

    By Anonymous ToulouseFan, at September 09, 2009 11:19 pm  

  • Andy = No Goode

    Just set up your meatloaf tribute act now Andy.

    By Anonymous JJM, at September 10, 2009 8:56 am  

  • I've watched try no. 2 10 times now, trying to work out where the overlap came from. I know the Toulon 9 drew his opposite number to the wrong side of the scrum, but it looks to me like Clermont had 2 people on the far side of the scrum defending 1 person. I can't see the Toulon full back anywhere... could he have drawn an extra Clermont player to the other side of the field?
    Also, is $onny Bill Williams still playing at Toulon?

    By Blogger granite, at September 10, 2009 10:48 am  

  • Re granite comment...

    have to agree, was it just really bad defending?

    There are more numbers in defence and wilko had to pick the ball off his boots. Great lines in attack though...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 11:52 am  

  • Granite

    I think it's the outside center that gets dragged in and creates the overlap on the wing.

    By Anonymous Charles, at September 10, 2009 1:51 pm  

  • Try no 2 was scored because they just didn't number up in defense.
    They had three defenders on four runners off the scrum on their right hand defensive side.
    They just didn't mark up properly.

    By Anonymous Jon, at September 10, 2009 2:25 pm  

  • Stade coaches Ewen Mackenzie and Christophe Dominici have both since been fired.

    max guazzini is so strict?

    By Anonymous B, at September 10, 2009 7:37 pm  

  • about SBW: he's still at toulon, but has yet to recover from an injury (i think it was his calf, but i'm not sure). i assume he'll be back in a few weeks as he's already returning to lighter training sessions

    By Anonymous opfazonk, at September 10, 2009 8:42 pm  

  • Toulon are doing better with their current centre partnership, might as well save some money and let SBW go.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 10, 2009 9:55 pm  

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