Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Edinburgh Prop WP Nel scores great 40m try against Leinster

Leinster beat Edinburgh 31-16 in their RaboDirect PRO12 match at Murrayfield on Friday night, but it was a consolation try from South African front rower WP Nel that will live long in the memory.

The former Cheetahs tighthead prop showed a fantastic turn of pace as he glided through the Leinster defence to give the home supporters something to cheer about. His dummy and acceleration from 40 metres resulted in one of the best prop tries ever seen in the Scottish capital. 

We have archived many great prop tries over the years - view them in the related posts below.

Posted by Rugbydump at 11:20 am | View Comments (19)

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stroudos January 09, 2013 3:06 pm

19 stones on the hoof!! I wouldnae like to see this laddie's meat bill.

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Greased-up Deaf Guy January 09, 2013 3:14 pm

Pretzel, if you read this; please stop commenting on every single video post.
That is all...

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Oisin January 09, 2013 4:08 pm

Still don't understand why they don't move to another stadium. It's never full and must be depressing for the players to go out to a stadium not even 1/8th of capacity.

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Chris January 09, 2013 4:18 pm

Prop run is excellent... just don't overlook that a back just got dummied by a prop, though. Looks like someone was on the hook for pints after the match!

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matt the mauler January 09, 2013 4:47 pm

They continue to play in the "library" because it is owned by the SRU so that's one less thing they have to pay for. If they played at another stadium they would have to pay for rent, which the SRU can't afford.

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Joe January 09, 2013 5:54 pm

Great try! I still think Gethin Jenkins' try against Namibia(?) in the RWC where he threw a couple of dummies and beat 4-5 players was the best!!

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MisterDavid January 09, 2013 6:40 pm

Epic stuff. Can we post links here? Cos 'I like Big Props and I Cannot Lie'

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asdfero January 09, 2013 7:24 pm

MisterDavid I salute you for that song! hahaha

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Ron_Mexico January 09, 2013 8:12 pm

As always great to watch a big prop in full flight.
CJ van der Linde scored a couple of bulldozing beauties from about 40 m and halfway out in back to back games for the cheetas some years ago. Any chance there is some footage on this? Didn't find any after a quick search.

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Stoojay January 10, 2013 2:07 am

I actually made it to Murrayfield to see this game, it was reasonable enough but Edinburgh offered nothing really other than the try. A few observations:
1. Though the vast vast majority of the stadium was empty, the proximity to the action and the way the crowd can stand around 3/4 sides of the pitch changes the feel of the game. As a result the crowd is more partisan than an international match - almost like a .....(whisper) football match.
2. Rob Kearney is class. Most impressive Leinster player for me. He must have loved the Edinburgh tactic of kicking the ball to him at every attacking oppertunity. Lions certainty.
3. Tim McVisser. Hmmm.... not convinced. He is a big powerful unit but lacks in certain aspects of his game: defensive positioning could be improved and needs to improve his decision making with ball in hand. His opposite man (Fion Carr?) never looked troubled by him.
4. Leo Cullen. Even uglier in the flesh.

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skins74 January 10, 2013 3:17 am

Great dummy from a prop, nuff said!

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Mark January 10, 2013 12:20 pm

He had to be subbed off 2 minutes after this try. He got a HUGE round of applause - and hopefully plenty of stick in the changing room afterwards. Great Try !!

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granite January 10, 2013 12:51 pm

Great run! I love how he had basically a two step run-up!
Leinster No 20 should hang his head in shame. Even with a huge overlap outside him, still should have taken the prop out.
Also, props to the Leinster 9 who didn't shy away from the tackle, even though it was unlikely to stop the try.

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Sangdue January 10, 2013 9:48 pm

"With speed to burn." Lovely :)

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Guest January 11, 2013 1:07 am

Richard Bands, Dunedin 2003 enough let's go to video tape...

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RugbyRef88 January 11, 2013 1:19 am

What i love is that this will definitely be attempted by every front row in the UK in every T+P session for the next age...and give a lot of coaches a lot of headaches...

I agree with granite - you have to defend in-to-out; poor show no.20.

Question: if I were the 9 I would have gone in higher to try and get to the ball aka Gregan did way-back-when... You aren't gonna stop a big man that close to the line. What do other peeps think?

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brian McPolton January 11, 2013 1:11 pm

Best prop try in Scottish history, well done lad!

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hrybrn123 January 14, 2013 3:28 pm

This is a brilliant try, what a run! I would say as good as Gethin Jenkins for wales vs namibia in the 2011 World Cup.

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Canadian content January 16, 2013 1:53 am

brutal cross cover by the lock/back row, couldn't catch a prop?

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