Friday, March 18, 2011

Super Rugby Pick of the Week - Round 4

Super Rugby Pick of the Week - Round 4

The Super Rugby Pick of the Week videos here on Rugbydump are basically a short compilation of what RD sees as the best tries in Super Rugby each round. It's proved quite popular, so before it's too late, here's the best from Round 4's games.

There were loads of tries scored, all with different attributes but one in particular that is quite evident is the offloading in the tackle, as you can see quite prominently in the following video.

Quite simply, if you offload accurately before or when going into contact, the ball will always beat the man, and tries will be scored. That, along with some hard graft from the forwards, is a pretty decent recipe for success. Some teams master it, with the Crusaders in particular being one of the best at shifting the ball into space, as was seen in their game against the Brumbies.

Sean Maitland scored a highly impressive four tries in that game, but went out of his way later to compliment the great work done by his midfield, none other than Sonny Bill Williams and Robbie Fruean . The latter was featured on here earlier in the week for his sensational trysaving tackle.

Elsewhere, the Rebels and Sharks scored some good tries, with the best coming from Danny Cipriani , who found some space and gassed the cover to score a great try.

Another top notch try came from the Chiefs against the Hurricanes, where Scott Waldrom actually started it with his turnover, then got there in the end to score it. In between, Liam Messam pulled out a huge sidestep (on a huge man) then fed his backs, with slick work from Stephen Donald, Sitiveni Sivivatu, and Tana Umaga allowing them to get close to the tryline.

The Lions also scored a few great tries, with the one by Derick Minnie probably being their best, and as said earlier, that one was a fine example of the offloading game coming into effect. There were also some quick hands by James Kamana, who is now actually suspended after a dangerous tackle in the same match. You can see a clip of that on the RD Facebook Page.

All in all, some really good tries were scored and when it's put together in three and a half minutes of video - with some high energy, possibly questionable music - you can't go wrong.

Time: 03:31
Music: Tisto vs. Diplo ft. Busta Rhymes - C'mon

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:40 pm | View Comments (27)

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Anonymous March 18, 2011 5:34 pm


Awesome tries

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Jeroz March 18, 2011 5:49 pm

still love that try from Cipriani. It literally brought the crowd on their feet so early in the 2nd half.

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SpencaH March 18, 2011 6:03 pm

questionable music indeed ahahaha!

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Mike March 18, 2011 6:27 pm

Brilliant offload from Carter for the first, and Cipriani's try for some reason reminded me of O'Driscoll's v Aus for the Lions, although it looks like Cipriani's a lot faster over 50 metres...

Great quality stuff from our SH friends as usual.

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Phil March 18, 2011 6:53 pm

Great rugby, thanks RD.

Really don't like the music though.

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Anonymous March 18, 2011 6:53 pm

Love it!

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Anonymous March 18, 2011 7:36 pm

Umaga for the AB's!

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Anonymous March 18, 2011 7:57 pm

Nice clips love the tunes. Our friends only moan about the sounds cause they got not moves ahaha

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Anonymous March 18, 2011 7:58 pm

Supa Skills Supa sounds Supa Rugby !!!

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Anonymous March 18, 2011 10:25 pm

Umaga has to be one of the best players ever. It's incredible he's still playing at that level (and looks pretty good)!!!

And this is from a Brit not a SH supporter. He really is unbelievable - what longevity.

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Leeners93 March 18, 2011 10:25 pm

quality tries.i still think umaga is the scariest looking rugby player in the world...he's just got a crazy look in his eyes

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jono March 18, 2011 10:32 pm


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benjiboy March 18, 2011 10:32 pm

what a whack from messam

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Jono March 19, 2011 2:49 am

Nice one RD, love these videos.

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Sander March 19, 2011 8:15 am

Umaga has been playing really well for the Chiefs, doing all the little things right and he showed some toe at times as well!

Class player...

NZ are too spoilt for choice in the centres to really consider Tana Umaga, I guess. Kahui coming back, Smith, Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Freuan, even McAllister and Payne have been playing pretty solid!

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David March 19, 2011 12:16 pm

that music was fucking terrible! PLEASE never again. I love the video though i really do.


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Laz March 19, 2011 2:27 pm

Music preference is subjective. Of course not everyone will always enjoy it, as everyone has different tastes in music :)

I for one liked it though. Cool video, and yep Umaga is a beast. Looking sharp at 37!

Nice hands for the Lions try too

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Anonymous March 19, 2011 3:28 pm

my god, look at umaga! what a waste had he definetly retired when he went as coach for toulon.

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Anonymous March 19, 2011 3:35 pm

and by the way... awsome play from liam messam. the guy is great, him, ryan kankowski and sergio parisse must be the most exciting n8 around. not just brute force and running straight at defenders like most do. dont know why SA keep putting spies as 1st choice, he's so predictable.

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Anonymous March 19, 2011 4:02 pm

umaga is still the man

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Anonymous March 19, 2011 4:05 pm

the saffers just pick the best athlete in spies rather than the best no.8

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Anonymous March 20, 2011 5:09 am

started out watching the clip, ended up getting up my groove on instead.

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Little Chief March 20, 2011 9:13 am

people need to see the whole game of crusaders vs brumbies. SBW and Fruen rocks! superb combination on the midfield. carter's ability has been shadowed

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Anonymous March 20, 2011 12:57 pm

Everyone loves the English getting hammered in Dublin....

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Chucky March 21, 2011 11:12 am

Awesome Clip RD!!! - I liked that music too - The chiefs try and Cipriani the best of the lot.

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Anonymous March 22, 2011 12:17 pm

Great collection of tries from Super Rugby, pick of the bunch has to be Cipriani, and hats off to him. That was a touch of genius, not many players in the world who can create a try entirely on their own. Pace to burn. (why do I struggle to envisage Flood or Wilkinson doing that...)

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Jono March 22, 2011 10:13 pm

Yeah but he also lost that game for Melbourne by throwing the ball into touch to no one for a Sharks player to dive on.

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