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Friday, March 12, 2010

Guinness Premiership Pick of the Week - Round 17

As the week comes to a close we’ve got something a bit different for you now. It’s different in the way that it’s not been done for the Guinness Premiership before, but today things change as we have a crack at the Pick of the Week for Round 17.

There were some pretty good tries scored in England’s premier domestic competition. For Harlequins their only try of the match was scored after some fantastic build up work against Worcester before Mike Brown barged over. The try was credited to Rory Clegg, who had a great day with the boot, but he admitted it wasn’t him who scored it.

"I was credited with our try but, while I'll take it, I have to admit it was Mike Brown who got it down,” Clegg said. Young Miles Benjamin returned the favour for Worcester.

At Welford Road we saw Leicester and London Irish battle it out, as featured here on RD, with Scott Hamilton scoring the try of the match after a scintillating Lote Tuqiri break. Fan favourite Martin Castogiovanni also crossed, with an interception try.

Sale slipped to the bottom of the table as they went down 15-7 to Northampton Saints at home. Their only highlight was a nice try finished off by former England international Ben Cohen.

Rob Vickerman scored for Newcastle when they hosted Bath, but it wasn’t enough as the home side went down 17-13 after two second half tries from the visitors.

Two of the best tries of the weekend came from the Wasps match against Gloucester. Mike Tindall scored a great try as he broke the line and showed he still has a bit of pace and a great step to finish the try.

The home side won 24-19 thanks to 19 points from flyhalf Dave Walder, but there was a sensational try from Samoan flyer on the left wing, David Lemi. Enjoy the compilation.

Time: 03:24
Music: Jerk it out by the Caesars



  • FIRST !!!

    By Anonymous dezzy, at March 12, 2010 5:07 pm  

  • Good job dezzy ;)

    Great try by Lemi. Sooo quick.
    Some nice tries, thanks.

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at March 12, 2010 5:10 pm  

  • Mike Tindall's and David Lemi's were the best, but I just can't help but feel that the best tries here came from individual efforts and the ones in the Super 14 Pic were big team plays finished with class.
    The GP doesn't have the dazzling ball distribution from the south but anyway, pretty good tries.

    By Anonymous Joost, at March 12, 2010 5:12 pm  

  • not as bad as a thought it would be i'll admit. the ball is still recycled quickly enough, its just that they use it to try and bash over with the forwards whereas the s14 is using their quick-ball to spread the field. gloucester looked good when they spread it though...there's no reason why other teams shouldn't do the same

    beautiful angle from tindall and hell of a finish from lemi!

    By Anonymous bigox, at March 12, 2010 5:22 pm  

  • Didnt know Tindall had it in him! haha

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 6:12 pm  

  • Great video, thanks for creating the GP picks, been looking forwards to them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 6:39 pm  

  • please make this a regular slot on RD! its great to catch up on all the rugby while i start my day at work

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 12, 2010 7:10 pm  

  • I don't watch a lot of Quins, so it seems like the only time I see their tries in highlights, they're just like that first one - they batter away for a dozen phases and finally make it over the line. Is that how they tend to do it? Either way, they look good at it.

    By Anonymous Petes, at March 12, 2010 7:23 pm  

  • Enjoyed the vid, please make it a regular fixture RD.

    Lemi has some serious pace!

    The commentary seemed pretty bland though - I'd sooner have some partisan commentators getting over excited than these guys putting you to sleep any day.

    By Anonymous Phil, at March 12, 2010 8:05 pm  

  • ruck speed is _the_defining difference between the SH and NH right now (I know the NH SH debate is tedious, but with 2 clips back to back, the differences between what u could nearly now call 2 codes is becoming seismic - only in this regard, mind!)
    But this really defines the pace of the game - and far more so that even just last yr. And #6's are adapting or suffering as a result

    By Anonymous mise, at March 12, 2010 11:10 pm  

  • 10th!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2010 1:51 am  

  • come on you saints

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 13, 2010 8:00 am  

  • Miles, I agree, but it's a worthwhile discussion when done properly.

    Defence in the NH competitions is of a higher standard right now so ruck speed is directly effected by that, and players abilities to get over and kill the ball.

    And lets be fair, SH is a year ahead with ruck law changes though, and secondly look at the different stages of the seasons.

    SH is playing in sun and hard grounds, NH is playing in winter the likes of which most SH players never experience, we have to play many different styles of rugby compared to one all fast free flowing style, with lax refereing decision to make it TV'able.

    On any given weekend you will see both styles of rugby in the NH - boring atricous and open and sling it.

    But really what most people forget to consider is that it's really ebb's and flows though, next year SH defences will be at a premium and GP teams will start to pen up and around and around the circle goes..

    if that makes sense.

    Anyway, good round up, nice line from Tindall, the guys immense, and very very underated - he's got serious gas, and is an intelligent player.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at March 13, 2010 9:15 am  

  • Yeah, is that? Mike Tindall! hahaha i agree good try.

    By Anonymous David, at March 14, 2010 1:34 pm  

  • Hmm... Not top 14 but ok... I agree with Joost though. It's mostly individual efforts.

    By Anonymous Gman, at March 14, 2010 11:55 pm  

  • Some ok stuff, some good players.
    Not as fast as the S14 clip though.
    Ruck interpretations are the difference as wella s slightly better passing and handling skills down south.
    The difference is amrginal but significant.
    Hoepfully GP refs start to apply the rules, like they;ve been doing down south. It makes the game a better spectacle and increases the players skill as they are forced to play at a higher speed.
    Defence is the same level.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 16, 2010 2:32 am  

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