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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 19

While Round 20 of the Top 14 in France has just been, we take a look back at the best tries from Round 19 of one of the best domestic competitions in world rugby.

As always, the standard of tries is high, with this round in particular producing a host of wonderful tries for the spectators. We start with a neatly taken try by Henry Chavancy for Racing Metro as they beat Clermont Auvergne 33-24.

They feature again at number 2 on the list, with Englishman Dan Scarborough finishing off a great try that's started by a good charge off the back of the scrum by Sebastien Chabal. The flick pass by Sireli Bobo made it happen though.

Patricio Albacete, pictured above, flopped over for a try after Yannick Jauzion broke the line then unselfishly popped the ball for the supporting forward as Toulouse beat Albi 24-6.

Perpignan has two fantastic tries on show here from their 49-20 thumping of Bourgoin, while Jean-Baptise Peyras showed his speed for Bayonne as they upset Biarritz 15-0 at Stade Jean Dauger.

Number one on this list goes to Mafileo Kefu as Toulon beat Montpellier 31-19. A nice bit of speed and stepping had him coasting through the gap before finishing off Round 19's Best Tries with the big dive.

To see what's coming up in the Top 14, check out the newly updated Top 14 Fixtures page.

Time: 04:35



  • Wow, the full back in 8 has some pace!

    I now understand why 'fatty' Goode couldn't get into the Brive 10 shirt.

    Really good tries, always suprised when Clermont get beaten.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2010 10:17 am  

  • no 6 is pretty weird, the scrumhalve tosses it like 20 metres back and nothing seems to be on, but the fatty called tuilagi is 2 slow :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2010 10:28 am  

  • hahahaha what a generous man is Jauzion, passing the ball to Albacete in the 9th try LOL!

    By Anonymous Flanker, at February 24, 2010 10:32 am  

  • Acutally it was Nicolas Jeanjean, not Jauzion.

    By Blogger K, at February 24, 2010 11:03 am  

  • It's absolutely Jauzion because Jeanjean plays for Brive and the match here is Albi/Toulouse... And the commentator says his name.
    Like everytime the tries are'nt in the good order. I think the best is n°8 for Perpignan. But this round was not very exciting.. maybe because I support Clermont.

    I hope RD will give us the round 20, I think it's better.

    By Anonymous 3/4 centre, at February 24, 2010 11:33 am  

  • It's Jauzion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2010 11:49 am  

  • Number 2 is great, maybe a bit lucky as the last pass was not very good but still great

    By Anonymous eric, at February 24, 2010 12:36 pm  

  • Have to say awesome tries on offer!! Btw Chabal gives perfect example of 'human wrecking ball'. Top class stuff!!

    By Blogger Alexander, at February 24, 2010 12:46 pm  

  • France second row Pascal Papé is out for the test against Wales on friday. It's the 13th french player out since the tournament beginning... (Barcella, Millo-Chluski, Chabal, Ouedraogo, Ducalcon, Marconnet, Papé, Mermoz, Traille, Elissalde, Rougerie, Clerc, Fall) This game will be very tough for the french.

    By Anonymous 3/4 centre, at February 24, 2010 1:59 pm  

  • It's Jauzyon who broke the line. Jeanjean is actually in Brive. ;-)

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at February 24, 2010 2:12 pm  

  • And number 1 is Toulon center MAFILEO KEFU and not his brother Steve (both brothers of former australien Tutai Kefu)

    But that's a Canal Plus mistake.

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at February 24, 2010 2:15 pm  

  • The final try is largely due to a probably accidental (but clearly illegal) block on the opposition scrum half by number 7 or 1 - more likely to be the open-side flanker as it would have to be a bloody athletic prop to disentangle himself from the scrum and get to the ball that quickly.

    The ball goes to to the Toulon scrum-half who then passes to Kefu, who, because of the initial bad handling from the scrum, has several team-mates in front of him. He takes his try very well but should have been a penalty to the opposition.

    By Anonymous Zavala, at February 24, 2010 3:45 pm  

  • top 14 is the best domestic competition! Great tries

    By Anonymous dezzy, at February 24, 2010 3:52 pm  

  • amazing!!! Bobo seems to be very strong

    By Anonymous crossby, at February 24, 2010 3:53 pm  

  • i like the atmosphere in the stadium. Really good tries!

    By Anonymous brock, at February 24, 2010 3:59 pm  

  • Weak tackling in 9 and 7. Can any of these NH teams play defense?

    Great support play in 2 and 4. The NH teams are unstoppable attacking forces!

    < / tongue align=cheek >

    But seriously, the support play in those last two is what makes attacking rugby exciting to watch.

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at February 24, 2010 5:03 pm  

  • these 2 or 3 missed tackles are picked from 7 matches : it's not just one match with 17 tries and nearly no defensive organisation...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2010 6:19 pm  

  • I think the try n°1 is the poorest. Absolutely nothing to do here.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 24, 2010 6:22 pm  

  • Anarchangel - the tries here are just as good as those we see in S14highlights, I don't think there's any need to make this yet another NH vs SH thing.

    Allez les blues - good rugby from the French as always.

    By Anonymous Ted, at February 24, 2010 6:39 pm  

  • Anarchangel,

    Why always compare things that couldn't be compared?
    I don't know what's the best: great team tries of top14 or great solo pieces without defence of the super14, the only place where players are human sticks in defence (cf: waikato chiefs vs lions training session)

    Be shy and enjoy the show ;) even if it's too slow, with too many passes and good defences for u

    By Anonymous Ben, at February 24, 2010 7:26 pm  

  • i've always liked the way the french play and always look forward to seeing the top 14 highlight tries.
    Not like the british excuse for rugby

    By Anonymous rehanb, at February 24, 2010 9:28 pm  

  • Aaw man you guys are messing with me. I thought it was Jauzion.. and I did wonder about it being Steve Kefu. Thanks Canal+

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at February 24, 2010 10:49 pm  

  • Hey Anon, Ted and Ben,

    Heh, I can understand html jokes not working so well on a rugby forum, but the "But seriously" should have been a bit of a tip off, eh?

    By Blogger Anarchangel, at February 25, 2010 3:40 am  

  • I enjoyed seeing Ngwenya being burned for the first time if I can recall. He's sprinting for quite some time in that clip and can't catch the guy, great to see some good pace shown all around.

    By Anonymous yeeeeeah, at February 25, 2010 9:34 am  

  • who was the winger who off loaded to scraborough in no 2? Christ he's got pace

    By Anonymous btesco, at February 25, 2010 11:27 am  

  • It's off-topic, but nothing has been posted by RD about Andy Powell's night trip...
    Even if it's dangerous, I found that soooo funny! I understand this sort of trip, but the modern professional rugby cannot and it's normal. I just hope his international career is not ended.

    By Anonymous 3/4 centre, at February 25, 2010 12:54 pm  

  • so good to see Top 14 tries. French rugby is so wonderfully flashy.

    By Blogger jdawg, at February 25, 2010 2:24 pm  

  • Class act that Jauzion - could probably start on any side in the world at his position to boot.

    By Blogger Crosser, at February 25, 2010 10:16 pm  

  • Ben said...
    Why always compare things that couldn't be compared? I don't know what's the best: great team tries of top14 or great solo pieces without defence of the super14, the only place where players are human sticks in defence (cf: waikato chiefs vs lions training session).

    Let's not compare you to a rugby expert after that boring comment.

    By Anonymous Marc, at February 26, 2010 7:34 am  

  • Betsco the winger is fijian Sireli Bobo.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 26, 2010 8:29 am  

  • How is sonny bill going in france theses days then, seen he had a hand in the rory lamont try?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 26, 2010 2:32 pm  

  • No 8 is one of the softest, slowest tries I've ever seen.
    Other than that there's some good stuff in there, some great individual skill.
    However, it would be nice if the defense hit harder or came up more in the line.
    Also, the rucks are cleared too slowly.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 27, 2010 4:38 am  

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