Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Daisuke Ohata match winning try vs Scotland in 1999

Daisuke Ohata match winning try vs Scotland in 1999

Japanese legend Daisuke Ohata, leading try scorer in international rugby, has been forced into retirement following a knee injury. To acknowledge his contribution, here's a great full field try he scored in the Sevens in 1999.

Ohata may not be a name you're familiar with, and you've probably never even seen him play, but in terms of statistics, the man is right up there with the best. In fact, he is the best when it comes to the amount of tries scored, as he overtook David Campese's tryscoring record in 2006.

Of course many of those were scored against weaker nations, so it's a controversial record, as with the current consecutive Test wins record, which is held by Lithuania. He has scored tries against France, Ireland, Wales, and Argentina though, and in his prime was a try scoring machine in both Sevens and Fifteens rugby.

He scored 69 tries in 58 tests and playing in two World Cups. Sadly he missed the 2007 tournament with an injury. A few days back he injured his knee in a domestic match, prompting the 35 year old to announce his retirement, which he was due to do at the end of the season anyway.

"It's sad that it ended like this but I think I have had a good career," Ohata said.

"I feel I have left my mark as a rugby player."

This try comes from the 1999 Hong Kong Sevens, where Japan beat Scotland in the dying minutes with a wonderful length of the field try scored by noneother than gasman Ohata.

Time: 01:28
Note: Thanks to the Rugby Asia Channel for uncovering this one

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:39 pm | View Comments (36)

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Anonymous January 12, 2011 4:49 pm

Good try.
Another injury causing a retirement it seems, luckily at the end of Ohata's career though.

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Anonymous January 12, 2011 4:57 pm

i always knew who he was because he was the fastest player in ea's rugby 08 game! 97 or 98 if i recall.

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Alexander January 12, 2011 5:00 pm

@ Anonymous above:


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Hamish January 12, 2011 5:25 pm

I love how matter of fact the commentators are; classic Japanese. Can you imagine the cliches if Messrs Harrison and Barnes (British Sky commentators) were at the mic...

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Anonymous January 12, 2011 6:21 pm

I remember when I watched the game back then... it was an incredible last minute try from a very difficult position. I remember I was jumping all over the room cheering the crazy determination shown in that move by the "underdog" Japan!

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Anonymous January 12, 2011 7:32 pm

" Hamish said...
I love how matter of fact the commentators are; classic Japanese. Can you imagine the cliches if Messrs Harrison and Barnes (British Sky commentators) were at the mic..."

I'll tell you what Barnsey, they'll be cheering in the streets of Tokyo...

so on, and so forth

Great turn of pace even if it was against piggies with a head start

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Anonymous January 12, 2011 7:33 pm

" Anonymous said...
i always knew who he was because he was the fastest player in ea's rugby 08 game! 97 or 98 if i recall."


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ElTigre January 12, 2011 7:43 pm

Thank fuck for that, its ridiculous that hes considered the top try scorer in the world when all his tries have been against shit teams. Imagine if campese or shane williams scored all their tries against japan/namibia/georgia etc. Nobody would take them seriously.
In my eyes Campese is top follwed by williams, underwood and howlett.

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Canadian content December 10, 2013 4:10 am

He can't help who he plays against

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Resident Troll January 12, 2011 8:09 pm

Banish I'm impressed you speak Japanese and know that they didn't use any cliche comments.... Can you write a little translation of what they said please?

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Third Centre January 12, 2011 8:46 pm

How dare you El Tigre. Ohata is an absolute legend. Saw him against Ireland once back in the day. Absolute class.

Pure, unadulterated speed is a beautiful thing.

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Anonymous January 12, 2011 8:49 pm

no need whatsoever for the Hiroshima comment. bang out of order.

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Jeroz January 12, 2011 9:21 pm

stepped 3, outrun another 3.

was waiting for a cut in but good thing that he backed his speed.

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Tom January 12, 2011 11:14 pm

Wow, the commentators really went wild.

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 12:55 am

Agree that the Hiroshima comment is out of order and surprised only one person has picked up on it.

If a Jewish player had scored that try and someone had written 'wow, he would have survived Dachau' everyone would be up in arms and the comment would have been removed quick sharp. Its the same thing, mass murder of one race by another, but its strange that this is apparently acceptable to most people.

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Canadian content January 13, 2011 2:25 am

I felt the Hiroshima comment was offside as well, stupid actually.

Dumb to be negative about this story too, obviously a class player, had to be since he put the puck in the net (as w le say in Canada) against multiple top sides.

I could watch this clip all day, rugby at it's purest, sure beats boring clips of foul play.

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 4:05 am

Agree, I enjoy fights, but tries as well, but I'm especially interested in seeing smaller rugby countries play, Japan, Romania, Russia etc... The IRB need to do more for publicising the Nations Cup and Sevens etc... The NHL do this for fights and goals, you can watch them online for free the next day. Get more rugby available online. Get more countries in the loop.

The Hiroshima thing was weird. Not that they didn't deserve it at the time, but its irrelevant.

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 11:22 am

I think everyone noticed the hiroshima comment however I think to reduce the guys enjoyment about being a 'shocker' everyone just ignored him. That fact you made an issue resulting in comments after as well as this comment means he got his thrill....

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 1:37 pm

HAha Classic,
"this is contraversial as most of his tries were scored against smaller nations"
"here he is scoring against scotland"
i'm not saying anything, just writing two sentences next to each other.

Also i think if Shane williams tries are against a small nation it might take sometihng away from them, but if you play for a smaller nation you cant be expecting to score lots agaist big nations? this is like for like

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 1:55 pm

clearly, this guy was a special player. How special we'll never know, because he never mixed it with the top players in the world.

I hope he stays in rugby in some other capacity too. It's important to have a figure who is actually Japanese and of that kind of quality - show them that you don't have to rely on foriegn mercenaries to have good rugby players.

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post from far east January 13, 2011 3:13 pm

It's so great that one of the most famous rugby website being focus on Japanese rugby!

Thank you rugby dump!!

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Resident Troll January 13, 2011 7:38 pm

I'm not sure saffa fans would appreciate Scotland being called a 'small nation' (in rugby terms)

Or the aussies for that matter ;)

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 8:45 pm

the commentators are so damn boring hahaha

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scarletbluebird January 13, 2011 9:52 pm

Jonah Lomu rugby - he was insane.

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Anonymous January 13, 2011 11:18 pm

Ohata's retirement will no doubt reignite the debate about whether the Osaka native should be regarded as the world record holder for tries scored in test matches.

Ohata finishes his career with 69 tries from 58 tests, five more than David Campese and 16 more than Shane Williams, who currently has 53 from his 79 tests for Wales and the British and Irish Lions.

I remember having many heated arguments on rugby forums about the validity of Ohata's record

There were some who thinks Ohata's record should not be recognized.

The general line of argument from the anti-Ohata brigade is: "Imagine how many tries, Campese or Doug Howlett (49 tries in 62 tests) would have scored if they had played the likes of South Korea and Chinese Taipei?"

Quite a few is the obvious answer. But imagine how many Ohata might have scored if he was playing outside the likes of Michael Lynagh and Tim Horan or Andrew Mehrtens and Aaron Mauger with the Wallabies or All Blacks pack providing plenty of good quick ball.

That's exactly how it should be summed up.

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felix January 14, 2011 1:35 pm

completely agree withanonymous above.
how many tries has dan carter created for his outside speedster by slotting in the perfect grubber or chucking and audacious miss pass?

ohata deserves all the fanfare we can give him. hats of to a total legend and what a try in this video by the way. so glad he backed himself and pinned the ears back. awesome to watch. good find - THANKS RD!

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Anonymous January 14, 2011 6:30 pm

Yup that anonymous has got it in one!! Well summed up!!

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fry January 15, 2011 1:38 pm

I wish I got to see more of Japanese rugby. Primarily because Todd Clever is playing over there now and he's always great to watch.

In any case, I disagree ElTigre. You play the team that's in front of you. Yeah, Campese and Williams scored against "tougher" sides, but that's a relative comparison. It could be said that it's just as tough for Japan to play against Georgia as it is for Australia to play England, for instance.

If it were really as skewed as you make it sound, then the IRB would assign weighted values to the tries that get scored that account for the side they're scored against and its IRB ranking...

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ElTigre January 15, 2011 4:37 pm

Yeh well all you faggots suck. You don't understand anything about rugby and the IRB is just stupid anyway. I bet you're all NH footy bitches anyway, this little Jap couldn't run through any SH defence no matter who he had on his team!!!!

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Canadian content January 20, 2014 3:27 am

Pure class you are oozing

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Jeremy January 16, 2011 11:41 am

Geez, ElTigre you sound really upset here. I'd like to point out that the people who disagreed with you were civil and presented a valid reasoning.

Now I don't know why you find it worthwhile to start calling people names, but I know this: they didn't deserve your response whether you're truly angry or not.

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Mike Jansen January 16, 2011 12:00 pm

Rugby Asia Channel is fast becoming a rugby LEGEND!
Big Up!

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dutchrugbyplayer January 16, 2011 3:48 pm

just one more point: other players, like Campese and Howlett for example, almost always played against weaker nations. After all the Wallabies and the AllBlacks were most off the time the top-ranked teams in the world.
So: big up for Ohata!!!!

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rosh January 17, 2011 5:39 pm

massive big up to ohata, legend throughout, to those whose think he record is not valid are stupid, imagine he if played for a top tier side.

on a side note i always use him on rugby 08 at outside centres. the only way to win the world cup with japan on elite and playing against new zealand

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KZ December 15, 2013 4:13 pm

This is was one of most epic comeback or collapse (depending on your bias) in sevens history. I was at the Hong Kong Stadium and watched it.

The Japanese played out of their skins in spite the early Scottish lead and bottle-opening pre-mature celebration Everyone at Hong Kong Stadium was expecting the best game to come out of the Cup Final but I think everyone there or who has seen it will agree this was the best game of the tournament.

RD should post the entire game from start to finish, even though this was an amazing game-winning try the video does not do the occasion, the comeback Ohata and the Japanese players justice in terms of their sheer determination to win.

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