Friday, April 09, 2010

The Fastest ever tries scored from the kickoff

The fastest ever tries scored from the kickoff

As promised yesterday on the RD Facebook page, today we've got a pretty cool clip for you that goes through some of the fastest tries ever scored from the kickoff.

The guys at the Super 14 highlights show on Sky Sports put together a little bit about the quickest tries ever after Lionel Mapoe scored one after 20 seconds against the Bulls recently.

They then showed some of the other fastest tries on record, including Keegan Daniel's 16 second effort against the Blues in 2008, and Vula Maimuri of the Highlanders scoring after just 12 seconds against the Crusaders way back in 2001.

The focus then turned to the try that they thought was the quickest ever, as Tom Voyce scored after 9.63 seconds against Harlequins in 2004 as (in studio guest) Will Greenwood dropped the ball from the kickoff.

As you'll see though, they got it wrong as they totally forgot about Lee Blackett's effort for Leeds Carnegie against Newcastle in 2008, coming in at an incredible 8.28 seconds.

There was another very quick try that was scored by John Leslie for Scotland against Wales in 1999, but that was over nine second if memory serves correctly, so we think we've got it right.

Does anyone know of any officially quicker than Blackett's though?

Time: 02:28

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:04 pm | View Comments (40)

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frenchpolak April 09, 2010 3:42 pm


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Flooz April 09, 2010 4:12 pm

Nice reaction from greenwood :)

With a big boot in the sky, some wind and a seek bounce u will have some 5-6 seconds tries. For sure!

Any compilation on rugby tries missed? Carling, Dominici, Umaga made some incredibles ones ! ;)

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Chris Boy April 09, 2010 4:18 pm

i thought elton flatley held the record for fastest super rugyby try??

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Greiffel April 09, 2010 4:23 pm

"Centre Elton Flatley scored the fastest try in World Cup history on Saturday to inspire Australia to a 90-8 victory over Romania.

Flatley raced over the Romania line just 18 seconds into the pool A match after hooker Brendan Cannon had driven the ball deep into the opposition half."

That was in an international, and 18 seconds. Unless there was another one I'm not aware of in Super Rugby.

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R. Caucau April 09, 2010 5:36 pm

I once scored a try in 3.6 seconds straight from kickoff

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Chris Boy April 09, 2010 6:17 pm

yeah that's probably the one i was thinking of.

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Matt April 09, 2010 10:53 pm

in my early moving up from colts to senior rugby days, (3-4 few years ago) i didnt get a try off the kickoff, but a restart....and that was quick...if i dont say so myself....

well it was our restart, our flyhalf hoisted the ball highish...and i was chasing, (looking for the absolute smash if im totally honest..) and their flanker either saw me coming, wasnt concentrating, or something, tried to bring the ball down with his foot, and to my shock i just kicked it, and chased it, and low and behold it landed over the try line, and i dived on it....

so yeh, off a restart not a kickoff, but it was my highlight of my man of the match game :)

......and im a second row...

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Anonymous April 09, 2010 11:03 pm

LOL, greenwood....'sneaky little eel!'

he seems like a funny chap actually...

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Anonymous April 09, 2010 11:32 pm

i scored a try in 2 seconds once. it was such a fluke

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Guetteba April 09, 2010 11:42 pm

During Five Nations 1998 or 1999, Wales against Scotland, a Scottish scored a try in 8-9 seconds after the kick off...

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ABsup April 10, 2010 12:14 am

love this kind or random highlight package, keep em coming!

how far away is the next Try Savers & Rib Breakers? We can't wait!

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 12:44 am

i scored a try after 3 or 4 minutes once

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 12:55 am

i scored a try once

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 12:56 am

well this one time.. at band camp.. i scored a try

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Popovic April 10, 2010 1:00 am

I don't think anyone can score in under 8 seconds.

...Unless the girl is really drunk.

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Nigel April 10, 2010 1:09 am

I scored the night before kick-off once but I've lost the video. I'll have another look for it.

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greasey April 10, 2010 1:29 am

i got sent off after 10 seconds once.... and in front of my poor mum too.... they kicked off to us. just as our 2nd row was about to receive under not too much pressure a spectator nailed him in the face with his mobile phone.... what an idiot!

I was standing too close not to do anything and with a few lefts started a mass brawl! had to go to a hearing and all. we tape all our game luckily and the club president is a lawyer so with him speaking on my behalf and the footage i got a 2 match ban. Have to laugh at it looking back.

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 1:43 am

yeh your team was laughing......just another 79:50 seconds to go with 14 men.......real hilarious!

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fun police ^ April 10, 2010 2:21 am

popele are no fun, ie the guy above

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 5:46 am

dudes, Leinster highlights pleassssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 7:47 am

You could create a highlights package just from Brock James' bad misses.

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Anonymous April 10, 2010 10:00 am

Yes, Guetteba, it was mentioned in the post - "There was another very quick try that was scored by John Leslie for Scotland against Wales in 1999, but that was over nine second if memory serves correctly, so we think we've got it right."

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sam April 10, 2010 10:18 am

john leslie scored from the kick off against wales a few years ago, that might be quicker than the ones on the video

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Tingi April 10, 2010 11:44 am

Fourie du Preez scored in 16 seconds against the All Blacks from a charge down in 2006.

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Aiyayai April 10, 2010 3:46 pm

Sam, you really should read the write up, and if not that at least read the comments above yours. I mean, the one directly above yours quotes that it was in 9 seconds.

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ME April 10, 2010 4:51 pm

lol Sky gets pwnd by Rubydump

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Anonymous April 11, 2010 8:25 am

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!! Alberto Di Bernardo kick off!!!!

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cheyanqui April 11, 2010 7:10 pm

To score a try from kickoff, someone has to run at least 50M (from midfield to try line)

world class (track & field) speed in the 100m is around 9.5-10 seconds. That same guy might make the 50m (with a running start before the dropkick, and rugby kit) at around 5 seconds.

add in the body mechanics of changing from an upright sprinter's position to grounding the ball in the try zone, and its physiologically impossible for anyone to score in rugby in less than 6 seconds.

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cheyanqui April 11, 2010 7:13 pm

By saying and "rugby kit", I mean that a Usain Bolt type runs the 100m in under 10 secs, but wearing a tank top and racing shoes. Running on grass (rather than an athletics track) and wearing rugby boots and kit, would surely slow a player down.

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Neil April 12, 2010 10:18 am

Please, please, please can we see the John Leslie one.

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Dylan April 12, 2010 7:09 pm

I'm not sure if it was quicker, but there was a try scored against the Hurricanes from a charged kick immediately after the kickoff at the Cake Tin between 2006-2008.

Also, I was reading about a bunch of these in one of Keith Quinn's books on the weekend. I'll have a check tonight and see what I can find.

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Anonymous April 12, 2010 9:44 pm

cheyanqui summed stuff up quite well....although i do tend to hang back slightly from the line and run at the line just before the fly half kicks the ball....that way i cross it as he kicks it and im at full speed....(not great acceleration but good speed for a second row!)...well...obviously i vary this tactic...i.e if i know its going deep i tend to not bother, as id rather let the no good lazy flankers and 8 get involved!!! shorter ones where i can crush an oppo player just catching the ball, or recover it, then i use the technique.....(tend to go more for the crush tactic though...)

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HawkEye April 13, 2010 2:54 pm

Blackett's must be the fastest, I bet Leeds would give anything for a few quick trys like that during the Guinness run in this season!!

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Anonymous March 27, 2011 10:44 pm

keith earls try vs ospreys in HC quarter final 09?
not sure how fast but it was quick

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Anonymous August 20, 2011 12:28 am

I scored a try in under a secound

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Timofe February 10, 2012 8:23 pm

Why does everyone forget Leeds? Excellent try from Blackett and that irritating drumming sound in the background was made by me! :)

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Berns May 04, 2013 5:27 pm

fast = speed (my car is the fastest, it goes at 300 km/h vs. your 190 km/h car)
quick = time (my car is the quickest, it finished 10 minutes before your car)

You cannot score fast or fastest tries, as no one measures the speed of a try. Of course you can do that if you want to. But the speed at which a try is scored has nothing to do with how quick it was.

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PVZ June 03, 2014 2:25 am

I feel this Super Rugby try, Blues Vs Bulls, from Bryan Habana needs a mention at least. It is also scored under the 14sec mark like some of these tries mentioned and is a lot more exciting.

Check it out...

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Rugbydump June 03, 2014 9:57 am

It's actually been featured here before, back in 2006. That wasn't from a kick-off though, it was from the restart after he'd just scored another try. Still excellent, but this is for quickest tries from the kick-off.

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Owain Rowlands June 03, 2014 11:44 am

Dafydd Howells try for Wales U20 vs Fiji U20 try 7 seconds after kick-off

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