Sunday, September 30, 2007

Great Canadian skill to catch & call the mark

Great Canadian skill to catch & call the mark

The Wallabies were in command against Canada in their encounter on saturday. As they attempted the ever popular crosskick, big Canadian winger Justin Mensah-Coker ruined their plans of the try by showing a true piece of athletic ability and class.

Diving backwards and to the side with his eyes on the ball, and with the rain coming down, Mensah-Coker makes a spectacular catch that would have made Peter Cech proud.

Great skill and one can't help comment that it looks a bit like a football, or even a gridiron catch, taking into account the part of the world that the player comes from.

Fantastic commitment shown by the big guy, getting up high to catch it and importantly calling for the mark at the same time.

Final Score: 37-6 to Australia

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:58 am | View Comments (12)

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G-unit October 01, 2007 3:11 am

haha! Awesome!

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Cheyanqu October 01, 2007 6:22 pm

Not sure if one should credit it to gridiron.Mensah-Coker was born in British Columbia, Canada's rugby hotbed. And gridiron is not as popular in the Great White North, as it is in the USA.Perhaps his Ghanan lineage may speak to an Association Football background

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Graeme October 02, 2007 12:30 am

It's not as popular in Canada, true...but it is still immensely popular.

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Anonymous October 02, 2007 6:09 am

canadians play hockey... not rugby

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Cheyanqu October 02, 2007 3:02 pm

Lacrosse was actually Canada's official national sport until 1994. In that year, hockey was declared the official winter sport.Speaking of badass Canadians, check out Don Cherry. While I don't agree 100% with him, I think his spirit is one that many rugby players would admire: was a pimped out sportsman way before athletes even dressed up.

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Sam October 03, 2007 12:49 pm

why i everyone on about canada and their sport? no one gonna talk about this video?! was an awesome catch!!!

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robbed October 09, 2007 3:17 pm

Was a fantastic catch and I don't think it was down to much more than good reactions and a decent knowledge of the game. Shame calling a mark didn't work for the Scots on Sunday night leaving R Lamont no time or space to get out from under his posts and eventually concede an important penalty near the end of the game.

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Anonymous October 25, 2007 11:03 pm

nice catch, the perfect canadian combination of football, rugby, and kick assand true that don cherry rocks, also to answer your question, rugby and football are equally popular in British columbia, but hockey and soccer are the most popular.

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Sport Spread Bet November 16, 2007 3:07 pm

Great interception! Took it like a pro and just dived into the fray!

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Anonymous December 07, 2007 3:48 am

Yeah, Justin Mensah-Coker is from Vancouver where rugby is much bigger than gridiron. Having played with and against Justin in high school and uni I can definitely say he is rugby player through and through.

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Anonymous January 29, 2008 9:41 pm

As a side note, rule similar to calling the mark exists in both American and Canadian football (similar games, and in fact, Canadian football was referred to as rugby for years) called the fair catch, in which a receiver waves his hands just before the he catches it. The game proceeds in a similar fashion to the mark, meaning the player is given a chance to run or punt.

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Anonymous October 07, 2008 8:06 pm

Justin is from Vancouver, and is certainly Canadian, but he is not of Ghanan descent. His father is from Sierra Leone. Great catch though, and well played Canada in this match.

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