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

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