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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Magners League best tries - Round 3

We have a few of the best tries from Round 3 of the Magners League for you today. While they aren't of the highest quality, many have written in requesting to see them.

The pick of the action came from the Scarlets and Munster clash at Parc y Scarlets in Wales. The home side looked to have caused the upset, but a late try by Denis Hurley tied the game up. Flyhalf Jeremy Manning completed the conversion for the 22-20 win.

Hurley scored two tries on the night, but the best of the match, and probably the weekend, went to Scarlets prop Deacon Manu. Manu kept up in support after a break out by Sean Lamont up the left wing. Jonathan Davies and flanker Simon Easterby were on hand when needed, with Manu taking the last pass to finish a great try.

Edinburgh beat Ulster 16-13 at Ravenhill to go top of the standings as they fought back from 10-0 down. Stephen Ferris and Clinton Schifcofske scored for the home side, but Tim Visser scored a try for Edinburgh before Chris Paterson kicked two penalties, and Phil Godman slotted a drop goal.

Cardiff Blues surprisingly lost to Connacht at the Sportsground, going down 18-16 despite having some internationals back in their side. Ben Blair scored early on to give them a lead, but two tries to Connacht wing Fionn Carr set the home side up for a great win.

Time: 04:36



  • 1st :D
    thanks RD!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 27, 2009 4:33 pm  

  • Why were they requested? They sucked lol

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at September 27, 2009 5:39 pm  

  • ^ agreed.

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at September 27, 2009 5:47 pm  

  • what? connacht won??

    nice one

    By Blogger Mikee, at September 27, 2009 6:17 pm  

  • Who the hell requested to see shitty tries in empty stadiums???

    By Anonymous rodofle, at September 27, 2009 7:07 pm  

  • Best tries? I feel a deep sense of rugby related shame

    By Anonymous The Schpoople Master, at September 27, 2009 7:21 pm  

  • The only one worth anything was that Scarlets try.

    ...Munster was looking less than impressive. But they won, so I guess that's all that counts.

    By Anonymous alf, at September 27, 2009 8:33 pm  

  • A decent scarlet try but the rest were pretty dull, this weeks are a lot better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 27, 2009 8:38 pm  

  • Quality of tries not the best. Not sure its possible to have a 'best of' every week.

    RD - Maybe combine the Magners league and Guinnes Prem into one highlights video where only genuinely good tries make the cut, or alternatively only put out a 'best of' video every couple of weeks?

    Thanks for the video anyway, pretty much enjoy watching tries of every callibre.

    By Anonymous The Inside Shoulder, at September 27, 2009 9:04 pm  

  • These aren't the best tries of the ML. This video was taken from Setanta Ireland, who (unsuprisingly) only show the Irish team's matches (With maybe one or two other games thrown in for good measure). For a proper tries highlights reel you'd need to use the Scottish and Welsh stations aswell.

    By Blogger Box, at September 27, 2009 9:51 pm  

  • Alf said,

    '...Munster was looking less than impressive. But they won, so I guess that's all that counts.'

    They were still missing their Lions and other injuries, so pretty good win. 8 starters and Warrick.

    At least today's game against the Dragons produced some great tries, Howlett's anyway. Munster's 4 tries all coming from Auckland, Howlett and Nick Williams hat trick.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at September 27, 2009 10:00 pm  

  • god im ashamed to say there the best tries that the magners league can produce....talk about boring

    By Anonymous creggs08, at September 27, 2009 10:27 pm  

  • Boring rugby, boring commentators, rain and empty stadiums : welcome to magners league

    By Anonymous derkersf, at September 27, 2009 11:25 pm  

  • 2:02 - BAM!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 28, 2009 12:07 am  

  • Alright, Anonymous...not sure what exactly led you to believe anyone was South African.

    But either way, good on ya for committing yourself to coming off as a complete ass.

    By Anonymous robert, at September 28, 2009 3:56 am  

  • Wow, I guess anonymous doesn't understand the definitin of having a chip on your shoulder.
    I think maybe you're the one who needs to get over something. Could it be the Lions losing (again)? Or maybe the repeated failed attempts by Ireland/Wales/insert bad rugby team here to beat South Africa or win the World Cup,.
    But that's alright, tell you what, you keep watching your second rate Magners League, and the SH teams will just continue to win everything meaningful.
    I'm glad we worked that out.

    By Anonymous Bill, at September 28, 2009 6:17 am  

  • Christ here we go again.

    Can't you people just enjoy watching rugby instead of turning everything into a p*ssing contests.

    RD never said it was THE best tries they said it was SOME of the best tries.

    I'd rather see this stuff then not see this stuff, as for most people it's the only way of keeping in touch with whats going on elsewhere - and to be fair it's no less boring then many of the other games of rugby I've watched in the 2008/2009 season.

    just enjoy it, and if you don't move onto something else till something comes up that you do enjoy.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at September 28, 2009 7:56 am  

  • No, it's loaded comments like THAT which get people riled up and ruins this site; I do agree with the second part, though.

    By Anonymous URL (optional), at September 28, 2009 9:47 am  

  • Well said goodNumber10. Some common sense.

    FYI - we're working on a new system that will mean each user has their own login, profile page and identity, etc. Once that's up and running, there will be no more idiocy tolerated.

    Until then, we'll just continue to remove childish, argumentative comments from the few who have nothing better to do.

    By Blogger RD, at September 28, 2009 10:38 am  

  • Bill - Ireland have beaten South Africa the last two times we have played them. Albeit it was a couple of years ago but nevertheless the 'repeated failed attempts' jibe doesn't exactly work in this context.

    Anyway the reason for the empty stadiums in Wales I understand is that rugby supporters prefer to support their traditional clubs as opposed to the new Regions/Franchises which were created a few years ago. Munster,Leinster and Ulster have been around for years and obviously recent successes have introduced new fans to the game.

    A lot of front line players were missing as has been previously stated but the Magners League has produced some great matches over the years but not every match is going to a nail biter with free flowing rugby, not with our weather conditions anyway.

    By Anonymous Richie, at September 28, 2009 1:05 pm  

  • There were plenty of good tries in the Welsh games during the first few rounds. Setanta wont show many as they only cover the Irish games.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 28, 2009 3:42 pm  

  • Richie, thanks for pointing that out to Bill, I was just about to myself.

    This collective Bok amnesia about New Zealand being the best team every year bar this is quiet worrying.

    I know its great when your team is No.1, (unfortunately, the closest Ireland have come is No.2, when they ironically beat SA in Nov '06). But god, 2 3N next to NZs 6??, 2 S14s to NZ's 7?? (pretty sure its more, I'm really only counting since around 2000). You beat the Lions yes, barely, 2-1, while NZ utterly blew them away and nearly destroyed the Lions as a concept, touring or otherwise. Its called perspective.

    Regarding the attendances, yes the Stadia are smaller, but the crowds are near full to sold out for all Irish provincial home games. Now with the internationals being selected after their break, more games will be full houses. Can't speak on behalf of Scots or Welsh though.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at September 28, 2009 6:06 pm  

  • Richie and Huhetc, Ireland will probably beat SA again this year, in the same way they did last time - against a second string side.
    Sad but true.

    I'm not sure why you're comparing SA to NZ either.. Everyone knows how NZ have dominated world rugby for the last fifteen years.. despite not winning when it counts. Yes, you did fail to mention WC wins.. SA 2 NZ 1 (in 1987!)

    But no need to argue. Hopefully SA will give Ireland a good go at the end of the year, with whatever team we send across. I just hope the gloating is in perspective then too.

    By Anonymous Dave, at September 29, 2009 12:07 am  

  • Dave, it's pretty obvious that should South Africa send a full team, we'll struggle to beat them, it's possible but unlikely.

    Personally I hope they send a full team as I don't want to beat South Africa's 'B' team I want us to have a crack at the real thing.

    I was merely pointing out that Bill was incorrect when he said we had 'repeated failed attempts' at beating the Boks.

    Yes, the team a few years ago was largely experimental but that's not our fault, we can only play what's in front of us. I hope I didn't come across as gloating because I wasn't, I was merely addressing Bill's seemingly condescending attitude towards Ireland and correcting him.

    By Anonymous Richie, at September 29, 2009 10:34 pm  

  • Good man Richie. No worries.

    I totally agree that it would be great to have an even contest, for both sides involved.

    Time will tell I guess. Obviously it's been a crazy season for SA in particular, with the Lions tour and Tri nations, and with Super 14 starting up again in Feb (I think).. I'd say Bok players will either be rested then, or on the end of year tour. Lose lose I guess. But that's the modern game for you.

    By Anonymous Dave, at September 30, 2009 12:13 am  

  • Agree with Richie.

    Most welsh supporters follow the Semi pro sides of yester year as its in the heritage of wales. With no successful franchises like the irish nobody thinks its worth making the trip and paying double the price for watching a often mediocre game. Theres no crowds therefore no atmosphere therefore the players dont respond.

    Neath for the premiership this year!!

    By Anonymous Bealy, at September 30, 2009 5:24 pm  

  • Well de Villers has said, just today I think, that no players will be rested for the tour. So hopefully injuries permitting we'll be seeing the Tri-Nations Springbok team bar Jean de villiers and Frans Steyn.

    By Anonymous Richie, at September 30, 2009 7:53 pm  

  • well then that sounds like a second rate SA team cause their the best players on the team

    By Blogger Kenny, at October 01, 2009 2:44 pm  

  • Well they'll have to get used to it then because JdV and Steyn have moved to Europe and so PdV won't pick them even though he still can as there's no rule against it ala Australia or New Zealand.

    By Anonymous Richie, at October 01, 2009 5:47 pm  

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cDtApzsb5c&hl=fr

    my favourite magners league video so far

    By Blogger alasdair, at October 01, 2009 9:15 pm  

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