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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Dubai Sevens - Seven of the Best tries

The first leg of the 2009/2010 IRB World Series Sevens got under way in Dubai this past weekend. New Zealand won the Cup Final, but there was plenty of action from all teams involved.

This new season of Sevens will be followed by an even larger worldwide audience as it's the first series since Sevens was included in the Olympics for 2016.

As always, the beauty of Sevens is the inclusiveness of many countries and the fact that on any given day, a minnow can beat a rugby super power.

Even if they don't beat them, what's important is the opportunity to gain experience from playing against great players, and perhaps even showing them up at times.

We've got a clip made by the IRB that shows seven of the best tries scored over the two days at the tournament. They're not THE best, but simply a selection of some of the better moments.

Highlights of the final will follow later today if all goes well.

Time: 06:47



  • first!

    "isnt that a beautiful rugbyface" nice commentary

    By Blogger sebastian, at December 08, 2009 1:02 pm  

  • Kids still doing that first thing.

    Good tries,That Kenya one, but dificult to choose a winner in this form of rugby.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 08, 2009 1:20 pm  

  • Great tries. Love to see this sort of stuff.
    As an aussie, I did feel a twinge of pride at the Australian try! :)

    By Blogger granite, at December 08, 2009 1:30 pm  

  • I love Australian hairstyles

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 08, 2009 1:40 pm  

  • er anonymous above.... sounds a bit camp ;]

    By Anonymous Tommy, at December 08, 2009 2:03 pm  

  • This shouldn't be here as I don't class 7s as rugby. There are 30 players on a rugby field at one time, not 14.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 08, 2009 3:29 pm  

  • The Anoymous above can shut it becuase 7s is brill!
    Keep them coming RD

    By Anonymous NO.8, at December 08, 2009 3:31 pm  

  • Yes anonymous, because it's only what you class as rugby that counts...

    Great rugby on show, and brilliant to see the smaller nations beginning to compete more strongly. Russia looking for medals in 2016? ;)

    By Blogger RedYeti, at December 08, 2009 3:52 pm  

  • The commentary is amazing. "Wales will be relieved to hear the hooter of half time" then "Well they say he cooks a mean spaghetti bolognaise and he likes break-dancing!" hahahaha

    By Blogger Chris, at December 08, 2009 3:58 pm  

  • Yeah, that comment about the spaghetti made it seem really obvious that the commentators have a crib sheet of 'interesting facts' about each player to refer to during the game. A touch of the cricket commentary coming in, I guess that's what comes of commentating for most of the day rather than 80 minutes.

    By Anonymous Phil, at December 08, 2009 4:53 pm  

  • tbh, Ben Gollings try was rubbish, no great vision or pace involved..

    By Anonymous English Man, at December 08, 2009 7:42 pm  

  • Awesome Puma try.
    Kenya try is hallucinating, especially because they play a sort of touch rugby inside the kiwi defense.
    Good vid!

    By Anonymous Maximus, at December 08, 2009 8:21 pm  

  • were can you buy those south african jerseys? there nice!!

    apart from that good rugby all round....nice to see that try from russia!!

    By Anonymous creggs08, at December 08, 2009 9:12 pm  

  • the kenyan try is amazing, they look so relaxed and with plenty of time when they actually go at 200mph and the poor kiwis are lost... kenyan flair!

    By Blogger fabien, at December 08, 2009 9:29 pm  

  • Sorry, but with the amount of tries scored at a competition this has no meaning,rather have a try saving tackle top 7 or a video about paint. This is just boring.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 08, 2009 9:33 pm  

  • The fella who scored for russia was an irish under age international and had been a tip for the 2015 world cup squad! Wonder what happenend he dropped off so much?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 08, 2009 10:41 pm  

  • Great to see the diversity of the nations in the tries. can't wait for the Olympics!

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at December 08, 2009 11:26 pm  

  • Gotta love the sevens rugby!!

    It's Rugby Unions answer to Rugby League, both good sports but sevens has got the Olympics.

    Keep an eye on Dan Caprice of Blackheath, funny enough that's where I play my rugby, he's a good all rounder, England needs a few of those!!

    By Anonymous Matt, at December 08, 2009 11:49 pm  

  • honestly i dislike sevens as well, it is more about muscle and athleticism and pace, nearly all of the tries on display are about beating ur oppostion on the outside. they just score because they can catch and run a little faster than their opponent, nothin special really

    By Blogger sebastian, at December 08, 2009 11:52 pm  

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5tE9S8uwj4&feature=related

    early banahan...lol!..always a trouble maker by the looks of things!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 09, 2009 12:30 am  

  • i didnt watch this cause im a rugby fan not a 7s fan :(

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 09, 2009 12:33 am  

  • sevens is rugby mate, it's been around forever. I know what you mean, sevens isn't real 15 man rugby, but it's still entertaining and it's in the Olympics.
    It's funny, some rugby countries like Fiji actually prefer sevens to the 15 man version.

    By Anonymous Jon, at December 09, 2009 1:56 am  

  • I enjoyed 7s when I was 10 years old, then I grew up. Now only the simple casual fans like the game.

    By Anonymous T-Jooper, at December 09, 2009 2:30 am  

  • 7's is awesome

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 09, 2009 3:30 am  

  • That's the the thing T-Jooper, maybe where you are from only casual fans like it, but in some parts of the world it's actually more popular than 15 man rugby, like in Fiji.

    By Anonymous Jon, at December 09, 2009 3:50 am  

  • Argies try was the best. Oh wait, here comes cameron maxted to tell us he counts the tournament as an australian win or some bullshit like that!!! The stupid little turd that he is.

    By Anonymous Tom, at December 09, 2009 4:05 am  

  • Im a proud Kiwi, but that Aussie try was class... That kids got some serious pace on him. Love 7's!

    By Anonymous Nicko, at December 09, 2009 5:26 am  

  • "it is more about muscle and athleticism and pace"

    "nothin special really"

    Are those not two conflicting statements entirely?

    I like Union much more than Sevens, but I gotta say I love the fact that Sevens players are some of the most physically fit athletes around....it's kind of sad, though, in that if Union stays a ping-pong kick-fest...then the gap between these two sports will grow even more. I say get some of these guys on the 15's international squads so they can show these kick-happy backs how to run the damned ball.

    And I wonder if same people who complain about Sevens being a try-after-try affair are the same people who say teams who don't score tries don't deserve to win matches (ie - Ireland v SA)...that would be a bit ironic, or at least silly.

    By Anonymous Flapjack, at December 09, 2009 5:47 am  

  • I'm sorry but those who say they don't like Sevens are either ignorant kids, or props/locks/forwards who cant run or catch.

    The sport IS rugby, and it feeds the fifteen man game. MANY great players first made their name in Sevens, so how can you be as narrow minded as to discard it as rubbish?

    Christian Cullen, David Campese, Jonah Lomu, Brent Russell, Bob Skinstad & Joost in 96, Matthew Tait & Ben Foden for England. Joe Rokocoko even had a stint in Sevens when he was short on form. They sent him back there to sharpen up on his skills and get his confidence back.

    To disrespect and disregard Sevens, is to do the same for 'normal' rugby. They're not in competition with one another, and the influence of Sevens on some of the top players today should not be forgotten.

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at December 09, 2009 10:53 am  

  • I love sevens because there are so many tries, something that the 15 man code lacks. mate, so much darn space in sevens. if it had more intensity and dominant tackles, it'd be up there with league.

    By Anonymous Queenslander Marto, at December 09, 2009 11:47 am  

  • there is so much space, and rugby is about creating space and scoring oppurtunities and in sevens u just pass the ball three times and beat the guy on the outside, i dont say that there cant be good/great individual players playin sevens

    looking forward to seeing it on the olympic stage!

    i am a flyhalf myself and seldomly get outpaced but still it is a summer amusement until the new season starts

    By Blogger sebastian, at December 09, 2009 11:50 am  

  • pass the ball quickly through the hands and let the speedster run. pretty much sums up all the tries there. still enjoyable i suppose

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 09, 2009 2:34 pm  

  • Would rather see more support play and flair rather than straight runs down the wing, which is what this seems to consist of, bar a couple.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 12, 2009 1:12 am  

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