Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Joe Pietersen's sensational try for the Stormers against the Highlanders

The Stormers maintained the best defensive record in Super Rugby 2012 as they beat the Highlanders 21-6 at the Otago Stadium on Saturday. In the first half Joe Pietersen crossed for a superb counter-attacking try, another contender for try of the season.

When watching this on the weekend, one couldnt help but think back to two season's ago and that unbelievable team effort against the Chiefs, when they went the length of the field before Bryan Habana casually finished it off.

On this occasion it was slightly different, but yet another fantastic try on the road, this time started and finished by dynamic 27 year old fullback, Joe Pietersen.

Gio Aplon had scored earlier after some good pressure and a hack ahead from Jean De Villiers. Despite the comfortable win, De Villiers says this top of the table clash 'definitely wasn't easy'.

"It was against a quality side and we were probably a bit lucky with some tries in the first half but we’ll definitely take the win," said the Stormers skipper.

They are now the only unbeaten side in the competition, and have the best defensive record, stats that will hold them in good stead when they take on the Crusaders next weekend.

This try by Pietersen started way back in the Stormers half after the Highlanders failed to break their watertight defence, and were in fact driven back a few times.

While the Stormers have looked more composed than flashy of late, they do have the ability to score tries like this and have an interesting few weeks away from home coming up, as they face the Crusaders, the Reds, and then the Force before heading back to Cape Town.

If this try, and Pietersen himself, reminds you of a certain former All Black wing with similar features, you'll be pleased to know that the commentator giving his approval is actually none other than try scoring machine, Jeff Wilson.

View highlights of the Highlanders vs Stormers here

Posted by Rugbydump at 3:37 pm | View Comments (20)

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RamRugby10 April 10, 2012 5:30 pm

Brilliant try... Then he gets up and walks away like it was nothing... No showboating or crazy celebration... Just like the good old days. Awesome to see!

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FatProp April 10, 2012 5:31 pm

What a try ! Credit to the full back for not just smashing that ball into row z. And some brilliant offloading I am sure that in the NH we don't seem to offload and keep the ball moving, too many players always look for contact. Great try from every player involved.

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Fettsack April 10, 2012 6:05 pm

Superb try! He made the right calls all along, keeping it when it was the better option and passing it in the right timing.
The little kick in the end seems a bit pointless because when he collects it again the defender is still at his level and not behind him. The kicking technique is absolutely perfect in full speed though!

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poccio April 10, 2012 9:20 pm

Although had he not chipped the ball the defender could have tackled him, this way the defender had to turn and try and catch the ball, and when he didn't he tackled him but JP had already gained those crucial 5-6m that allowed him to get in on momentum alone. That said I agree with you: Superb try!

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Jwall April 11, 2012 3:02 pm

The defender couldn't tackle him while the chip was in the air, even though he was next to him.
That's the whole point of a little chip and chase like that.
Otherwise the guy just would have clobbered him.

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Will.F April 10, 2012 6:45 pm

Is it just me or did he smack his head into the ground when he dove? He seems a bit dazed walking around afterward...
Great try, though.

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Nivek April 10, 2012 7:35 pm

What is with the gay songs playing in the stadium?

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clements99 April 10, 2012 7:37 pm

brilliant try great support play but wtf is with one direction playing in a rugby stadium for?

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terminan April 10, 2012 9:23 pm

nice try. RD any chance of getting a vid of craig gilroys try v munster it was class

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moddeur April 10, 2012 10:20 pm

Superb skills! Especially that last kick, wow.

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mise April 10, 2012 11:49 pm

brilliant. Great technique in the chip and the line to take the pass. Used the ref nicely too at the start! (line taken again, c replay)

perfect all round try really

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thamesrowingclub April 11, 2012 12:23 am

That's exactly what I would have done in that situation.

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mise April 11, 2012 8:02 pm


that's good.

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modeselektor April 12, 2012 12:17 am

Nothing special...tries like this in the NH every week

Ha! OJ, loved this try. Great fullback counter attack and excellent chip to finish.

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Jacques April 12, 2012 4:01 pm

Was that try the best in the Super Rugby season so far? Give you opinion on www.thetimo.com and see if the rest of South Africa agrees with you!

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terminan April 12, 2012 6:14 pm

it was kinda creepy the way the crowd just went silent when he scored

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beast4president April 13, 2012 11:11 am

Great try. He is so underrated, and has been doing great stuff for the last few years- really don't know why he hasn't been selected for die Bokke. I hope it's not because of the colour of his hair if you know what I mean ;) Keep up the good work RD

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