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Greatest Tries of 2010
We Countdown Our Favourite Tries Of The Year
Posted Jan 25, 2011 by Shaun Edwards
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With the new year now off and running in the world of Rugby, it’s nice to look back at 2010, and really spend some time appreciating what masterful exhibitions of the game we’ve seen over the course of the season. With that in mind, Imagine is proud to present our list of the five best tries of 2010, complete with a lovely link so that you can watch and enjoy them again and again. Enjoy!
Bryan Habana. Stormers v Chiefs Super 14s. If ever you want to teach a young player of the importance of passing and teamwork in rugby, simply show them this try over and over again. The ball moves through hands 13 times on it’s journey from around ten feet from the Stormer’s try line to the other end. Complete with textbook work by a hooker, a lock and the whole back row, this try is a lesson in rugby that can be viewed here.
Jacque Fourie. Stormers v Crusaders. If the previous try was a lesson in team-work, this one was a master-class in individual skill and power. Running from around the 60m mark, Fourie seemed to glide past six of the Crusader’s defence (one of the best defences in the Super 14 tournament, no less) on his way to putting the Stormers in a commanding lead. Magnificent.
Rhys Priestland. Scarlets v Perpignan. ‘Stylish’ isn’t a phrase used that often when describing rugby, but nothing else will do when It comes to this education in sheer swankiness. With passes and tackles fighting for supremacy, the Scarlets suddenly produced two ‘out the back door’ passes in very quick succession to enable the full-back Priestland to claim a magnificent try, stunning the visitors. Watch (and drool) here.
Israel Dagg. New Zealand v South Africa. Making a great first impression is a vital part of a successful international career. Just ask Israel Dagg who introduced himself on the international scene by embarrassing two of the world champion’s star forwards, leaving them grabbing at air as he stormed into the corner off a pair of very clean heels. As debuts go, it was pretty good. Watch Dagg’s introduction here.
Chris Ashton. England v Australia. Sometimes, pace really is electric. The speed and mental thought of Ben Young & Courtney Lawes lead to Chris Ashton receiving the ball behind the half way line. Then Ashton runs. And runs. Exhibiting nothing short of Olympic speed all the way past the grasping Australian line who begin to look like Wile E Coyote to Ashton’s roadrunner, this try was a one-stop lesson in the value of leg strengthening. Get your speed cameras ready and click here.