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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Midweek Madness - The Dane Haylett-Petty gift

While the Reds tallied up a record total against the Force in the Super 14 last weekend, they were helped by an enterprising piece of play that went horribly wrong from opposition fullback Dane Haylett-Petty.

Down by twenty points and looking to create something out of nothing, Haylett-Petty caught the missed penalty, faked to dot the ball down, then took off.

While it all looked pretty flash and he took the Reds off guard for a short while, the pressure of Anthony Faainga coming in for the big tackle seemed to put him off, resulting in the gift for Reds flanker Scott Higginbotham.

Whether it was coincidence of not, youngster Haylett-Petty was pulled from the field directly after the try was scored. Perhaps in future he’ll leave those sort of tricks for the Sevens circuit, where he's already proven himself to be a talented up and coming player.

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Time: 02:28



  • What a fucking doofus. Im all for some party tricks but safety first.
    I think a player at any level would have been given a blast from the coach after buggering that one up.

    Pass was aweful too, not even forward out the tackle, the hit came after the ball left his hands.

    By Anonymous Bradders, at March 24, 2010 1:56 pm  

  • I enjoyed it. It is nice to seem them chancing their hand a bit. Adds some excitement to the game. Had he not thrown the intercept it would have been genius.

    By Blogger Alders, at March 24, 2010 2:16 pm  

  • bugger!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2010 2:34 pm  

  • Harsh, RD.

    The intercepted pass was a shocker, clearly, but the decision to take off from in-goal is the kind of daring play that lead to the creation of a legend...

    Philippe Saint-Andre, Twickenham 1991, ring a bell?

    By Anonymous Edbok, at March 24, 2010 3:20 pm  

  • i think it was the right decision, just poor execution. they were down heavily anyway so it made no difference to the result and if that pass had gone to o'connor it was try time.

    By Anonymous Chris Boy, at March 24, 2010 3:47 pm  

  • hmm unlucky, o'connor would have still have to go a long way if that pass would have come off
    poor old nathan sharp not enough pace to sort out his younger teammates blunder there

    By Blogger sebastian, at March 24, 2010 4:00 pm  

  • Poor chap. He did run a third of the field though. If that dodgy pass got a Force man away to score you'd all be saying what a genius Dane is.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at March 24, 2010 4:08 pm  

  • Ya fair dues, one of those calls that can make or break ya, takes balls, but you need to get it away before you get tackled and isolated, even boot it up field. The hit had to put the pass off, otherwise he fucked it.

    Cooper seems to have his kicking boots on this season too. Aussies look to be building a nice team for the WC. Ireland should be worried.

    By Blogger Darren, at March 24, 2010 4:08 pm  

  • Apologies if the wording of the write-up came off sounding harsh or critical. It wasn't meant that way at all. I personally love it when players have a go like that. It's just a pity it didn't come off.

    By Blogger RD, at March 24, 2010 4:38 pm  

  • such a pity! and to be taken off straight after? he'll be one of those kicking fullback fellows now :( :(

    By Anonymous bd, at March 24, 2010 5:18 pm  

  • RD - you wrote: "Apologies if the wording of the write-up came off sounding harsh or critical. It wasn't meant that way at all."

    I'd agree with your explanation... to the point you wrote this in the original post:

    "Perhaps in future he’ll leave those sort of tricks for the Sevens circuit..."

    That is harsh, and it definitely does not square with your claim you "love it when players have a go like that".

    However, and apologies for my fundamentally argumentative nature, if the Force are willing to hand out similar presents to the Bulls and Stormers over the next two weeks, I'm not going to shed any tears for any wannabe Christian Cullen FUBARs!

    By Anonymous Edbok, at March 24, 2010 5:22 pm  

  • All credit for Haylett-Petty to try and run the ball. Rugby is very entertaining as it keeps impressing us, and everybody will learn from mistakes. I stand by him totally.

    By Anonymous Joost, at March 24, 2010 8:15 pm  

  • @ Edbok - you got me. I'm harsh. But seriously, the point was that after making the mistake once, he probably won't be trying it again any time soon. Once is forgiveable.. twice, I'm not so sure, even if it is against the Bulls or Stormers

    By Blogger RD, at March 24, 2010 8:30 pm  

  • I enjoyed it: 30 meters of pure brilliance and... one poor pass. Somehow it reminds me of Beauxis's kick in the air.

    RD, here's something for your Midweek Madness or Friday Funnies, or just for a good laugh:
    French ProD2, Agen-Oyonnax, 28 Feb 2010 (Championship day 22), first try of the match.

    Unortunately I couldn't find any clip online, but maybe you'll be luckier since it was broadcast on FR3 (French channel).

    By Anonymous Maximus, at March 24, 2010 9:17 pm  

  • it's nice to chance his arms, especially when the side is 26 points down with 25 minutes to go. if it came off, who knows, might be the start of a comeback, would've made the clip for the best try as well
    Go back and work on your basic skills son. Great work in the first 30m, but just remember not to lose the ball in contact.
    Pity now teams would be more aware of this trick. Would've love to see it actually came off.

    By Blogger Jeroz, at March 25, 2010 2:06 am  

  • in the words of Nelson on The Simpsons:

    HA HA!


    By Anonymous cheyanqui, at March 25, 2010 5:40 pm  

  • Had he made a successful pas to O'Connor (I think it was O'Connor on his shoulder in support), it would have been an entirely different story.

    His risk didn't pay off, otherwise we would all be praising him right now.

    Bad look in my - humble - opinion.

    By Blogger QuickFox, at June 09, 2010 12:01 pm  

  • thats inspiring, im going to try that next season if the margin is 40 or more either way...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 09, 2010 10:26 am  

  • I thought it was refreshing to see him try something different, it nearly worked a treat but at the end of the day they needed a try and it it was pretty close to being one, it offered more than a long drop out. It was risky and if they were in front it would have been a different story but at least he gave it a go.

    By Blogger Stainton93, at April 24, 2011 5:55 pm  

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