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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Cedric Heymans and Colin Slade outstanding trysavers

Amongst the feast of tries and hard hitting action this weekend, there were two stand out try saving tackles that were much requested following games in both the Top 14 and the ITM Cup. Here's a double feature as we've got both for you.

The first clip is a short one of French international winger Cedric Heymans chasing back to make a superb tackle against newly promoted Agen in Toulouse's opening game of the Top 14 season, a game in which they scored six tries and came out 44-24 winners.

Brice Dulin of Agen dashed off down the wing and looked certain to score for his side when Heymans some how caught him and pulled off a miracle tackle as he knocked the ball from his grasp, preventing the try in what was a brilliant piece of play.

A few thousand miles away in New Zealand Colin Slade came up with a similar feat after North Harbour's Ben Botica had broken away from his own 22, stepped the cover, and streaked down field for what was going to be one of the solo efforts of the season.

Slade, who seems to get better every time he turns out for his Canterbury side, sprinted back and made a perfectly timed tackle to knock the Harbour flyhalf into touch.

Both of them were outstanding efforts, so to avoid a double post, they've been included here with the two seperate videos. Great stuff from the Top 14 opening weekend, and more quality in the ITM Cup. If you spotted anything else you think should be featured on RD, get in touch.



  • first

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2010 9:46 pm  

  • Not trying to put a dampener on things, but was Heymans trysaver Technically Legal? You're not allowed to bat the ball into touch normally, but i guess that doesn't count when someone else has it in their hands?

    By Anonymous Chris M, at August 15, 2010 9:55 pm  

  • RD you are a very very awesome site

    By Blogger Oli, at August 15, 2010 9:55 pm  

  • Love how confident the Kiwi commentators were about Botica's try. Also not a single bit of praise for Slade's efforts though i'm sure more was mentioned, but it wasn't in the clip.

    By Anonymous Abbyno7, at August 15, 2010 10:34 pm  

  • If both has been scored they'd have been put up on RD for being quality tries. As it is, put up for quality tackles. I love Heymans

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2010 10:45 pm  

  • are ye going to post top14 highlights RD?

    By Anonymous Shane, at August 15, 2010 10:52 pm  

  • concerning heymans try saving, is it legal to give a tap in players hand? i don't know the exact rule, but there are a lot cases where u can make pop the ball, aiming the arms in your tackle.

    that said, heymans is still in the place. With his experience, mixed with medard, poitrenaud, david and clerc dazzle runs, toulouse will be again and again a "attackin" reference this year

    By Anonymous Flooz, at August 15, 2010 10:52 pm  

  • Heymans is a legend

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2010 10:55 pm  

  • @ Shane, was this not a Top 14 highlight? :)

    If by highlights you mean the tries from each and every match, then probably not. The tournament will be covered in the usual RD way, with the best short clips of standout tries, incidents, etc. If new contributors want to get involved with compiling highlights videos, then of course regular highlights will be more realistic.

    By Blogger RD, at August 15, 2010 11:06 pm  

  • I still can't figure out how Slade gets back there concerning that he is lying on the ground when the north harbour guy sets off. Absolutely insane.

    By Anonymous Ben, at August 15, 2010 11:13 pm  

  • Should be a 8 week suspension for the late shoulder charge after the pass leading to the Cedric Heymans's trysaver

    By Anonymous Citing Commissioner, at August 15, 2010 11:23 pm  

  • both would-be-scorers have to take a long hard look down themselves, if one of my kids carries the ball on the inside when running down the touchline and stuffed it up he would be well punished by his teammates (for weeks)and at that level its really quite bad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 15, 2010 11:27 pm  

  • You've got to be kidding me anonymous! Botica makes a brilliant break of which any player would be proud and makes one error in not scoring (I am still not certain he would have even if he did have the ball in his right hand as Slade turned him and took him over the touch line). If you were my kid's coach and you gave him shit after that break but then made one mistake he needs to improve on I wouldn't have him playing for you long.

    Regarding the legality of Heyman's play, he didn't bat it into touch on purpose, furthermore if that becomes illegal, rugby has lost all its soul.

    Two great breaks, great defensive plays, champagne rugby

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at August 16, 2010 1:12 am  

  • Heyman's isn't ilegal.
    You have to intentionally knock the ball dead to be penalised (it's a stupid rule anyway), Heymans just tried to knock it out of the guy's hands, which is legal, he wasn't trying to make it go dead.

    By Anonymous Jono, at August 16, 2010 2:18 am  

  • Nice run by Botica, but I don't like the way he tried to deceive the refs by acting like he scored... not even close... bad sportsmanship imo...

    And how the hell did Slade get back so quickly when being at the bottom of the ruck immediately before the try was scored...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 16, 2010 10:37 am  

  • shame on botica

    even tries to convince every1 he'd scored by throwing the ball up and pumping his fist in celebration.

    By Anonymous AutoBots, at August 16, 2010 10:39 am  

  • @Ben

    "I still can't figure out how Slade gets back there concerning that he is lying on the ground when the north harbour guy sets off. Absolutely insane."

    Easy - it was the no 14 winger who kicked the up and under and chased not Slade hahaha although they do look similar.

    By Anonymous Gotme, at August 16, 2010 10:41 am  

  • @AutoBots I don't really think he was trying to milk it- more a case of a young player who was very excited. Also when it's happening that fast you can sometimes genuinely think you scored. I remember earlier this year a young kiwi on debut in the NRL for the storm (matt duffie) thought he scored his hat-trick and went ballistic when the rest of the world could tell it clearly wasn't a try. Clearly nothing cynical, just a case of over-excitement.

    By Anonymous Nerk, at August 16, 2010 11:22 am  

  • Lol @ Citing Commissioner! Should be a lifetime ban for him!!

    By Blogger Alexander, at August 16, 2010 12:52 pm  

  • @Gotme:

    Cheers, mate. Since the Commentator got that wrong, he confused me as well. Makes perfectly sense this way.

    By Anonymous Ben, at August 16, 2010 2:09 pm  

  • Ahhhhh malandro!!! não foi try!!!!!

    By Blogger vilmar freitas, at August 21, 2010 1:54 am  

  • Great clips. Did anyone notice that Slade also thought the try was scored and even gave a little clap for Bottica, till his teamate came and stopped him. I think Slade would have been just as suprised as everyone else he saved a certain try. Great effort from Bottica though.

    By Blogger Orka, at August 23, 2010 4:12 am  

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