Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

Top14 player imposter!

JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

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Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Best tries of the Top 14 - Round 2

Today we head to France and the Top 14 for one of the most entertaining leagues in the world, and certainly one that will be featured regularly here on RD. Last week things were a little quiet Top 14 wise, so here is a recap of the best tries from Round 2 of the highly competitive tournament.

I’m not going to go through match by match, but what I will say is that the standard of these tries, especially the top half, is superb and well worth watching.

The one exception, or contentious effort at least, was Chris Masoe’s try for Castres against Toulouse as he went over but looked to have lost the ball over the line. Castres won the match, with Toulouse coach Guy Noves fuming afterwards. "Masoe knocked it on in the in-goal area," said Noves.

For Clermont, wing Wesley Fofana’s dummy allowed him to stroll over to score a great try after a neat chip from flyhalf Brock James. Brive’s Gerhard Vosloo also brought out the skill as he charged down field against Perpignan for a fantastic try.

In the same match, lock Damian Browne got on the end of a great series of passing to cross for a wonderful try. That was matched, if not bettered, by Montpellier against Racing Metro as they scored one of the team tries of the season.

At number one though, as featured here earlier in the week, it’s Julien Arias and his top quality solo effort against newcomers, La Rochelle. It's certainly worth watching again.

It's not always possible to get Top 14 clips promptly, if at all, so please be patient but also bear in mind that all contributions are encouraged, and very much appreciated. If you can get hold of top quality footage and help out with sharing it on RD, please get in touch. Thanks!

Time: 05:32



  • First XD

    Fantastic, #3 to #1 simply amazing, keep on the good work RD

    By Anonymous Kidney, at August 29, 2010 5:10 pm  

  • #1 try was stellar. #2 was not very good, imo. Appeared to be an offensive overload with no space to work with. The defense did a great job but they just didn't have enough bodies on the right side of the pitch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2010 5:33 pm  

  • Second - damned!)

    great tries as usual from top14. other fantastic tries were scored this we
    but what is cool here, it's to discover new faces.
    dumayrou from montpellier and fofana from clermont are for example, 2 young lads with great future.

    with his new "huron" haircut, bastareaud seem even more brutal:)

    ps: @RD, i will check some video sources for the top14

    By Anonymous Flooz, at August 29, 2010 5:39 pm  

  • fourth

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2010 5:58 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2010 7:34 pm  

  • ^^^^ silly comment

    really good stuff there.
    great showcase of how the game can be played. Irrelevant as to which hemisphere it's in.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2010 7:41 pm  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2010 8:07 pm  

  • if you really love rugby you should appreciate good play no matter which hemisphere or country it comes from.
    there are some excellent tries in this clip. thanks RD!!

    By Anonymous keepitreal, at August 29, 2010 10:27 pm  

  • What a good idea !
    Great to watch TOP 14 tries ! French league is absolutely worth seeing !!

    Allez Toulouse !!

    Augustin from Toulouse

    By Anonymous Augustin, at August 29, 2010 10:45 pm  

  • The NH vs SH crap and immature wind up comments that keep cropping up on RD are getting really really boring.

    PS great try comp.

    - SM from NZ

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 29, 2010 11:16 pm  

  • awesome tries there!

    By Anonymous BOOMER, at August 29, 2010 11:37 pm  

  • Way better commentary than the last top 14 clip. Hope I never have to listen to that pom again. I couldn't even understand this clip but at least you could tell they were excited/ not on antiques roadshow.

    By Anonymous 8==o, at August 30, 2010 2:58 am  

  • great video RD thanks!! #1 was great good setp at first and vision to see there was noonw home. How many locks score tries in the top14 this week it seemed like every second try was a lock

    By Anonymous Conor, at August 30, 2010 5:30 am  

  • Great bunch of tries, loving how rugby is going.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2010 6:35 am  

  • I can't wait till the NH actually DOES raise the standard of their play so we can stop hearing about how good it is and instead actually SEE how good it is. I'd actually love for the NH to knock us off more often (or at all) because it would make it so much better. The reason State of origin is so fantastic (up until recently) is because the result is almost 50/50. Fact is it's boring now because you know Qld will win. Same applies to SH v NH games. I still love it because I can admire the standard of play and the manner of the win, however the result is rarely in doubt.

    By Anonymous Bazz, at August 30, 2010 7:54 am  

  • Awesome tries. :)

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at August 30, 2010 11:22 am  

  • Can anyone tell me who the Brive #6 was? Was it Popham?

    Another great compilation as usual!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2010 3:53 pm  

  • Vosloo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2010 5:59 pm  

  • thanks RD!! Nice tries. Wesley Fofana is very impressive

    By Anonymous dezzy, at August 30, 2010 9:18 pm  

  • Bazz get your head off your arse nobody cares what you think just enjoy the rugby or leave

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 30, 2010 10:51 pm  

  • @anon at least Bazz gave his name and cared to articulate his opinion (which was pretty spot on), rather than getting insulting.

    By Anonymous Sam, at August 31, 2010 4:06 am  

  • That last try was amazing!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2010 11:34 am  

  • Hey there Bazz, what do you call the 7th and 8th playoff in the rugby world cup?

    The Bledisloe Cup.

    Seriously though yeah S.Hemisphere rugby is generally superior but in the last two years South Africa, the world champs and at the time Tri-nations champs were beaten by Ireland and France, the All Blacks were beaten by France, and Australia drew with Ireland and lost to Wales, Scotland and England. Maybe you should base your opinions on reality rather than beer?

    By Anonymous Chris G, at August 31, 2010 1:13 pm  

  • Yawn on the SH/NH debate - magic tries and that basteuraud chap is bloody massive - not sure if it's true but I heard that he weighs 18 stone!

    Still remember the 6 nations where BOD (who has a mean defensive game) was clinging on to him like a rag-doll and he managed to offload for the score!

    By Anonymous NiWiTa, at August 31, 2010 2:42 pm  

  • the Brive #6 is Gerrard Vosloo, SA nationality but he should play for France (playing there since a long time.
    Great action (and chance.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 31, 2010 8:04 pm  

  • I sometimes watch the Top 14 on the Eurosport channel. It definitely has its moments of brilliance but i was surprised to hear it is considered Europe's best provincial comp. I just have a problem with the referees, they seem to whistle the game into the ground, i wish it could get up to the standard of Super 14. However i understand there are certain factors such as coaching and weather preventing this.

    Some good tries though.

    By Blogger Lachie_88, at September 02, 2010 4:55 am  

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