Thursday, March 07, 2013

A look at the Top 5 clearance kicks gone wrong

The Reds beat the Hurricanes 18-12 last weekend but a fluffed Liam Gill clearance kick could have changed the outcome of the game with time almost up. With that still fresh on the mind, here is a look at RugbyHQ's Top 5 clearance kick bloopers.

Young Gill looked to relieve the pressure as he gathered the ball after the Hurricanes had overthrown at the lineout. A massive, heroic touchfinder was clearly on his mind, but instead he shanked it, gifting the visitors another crack at the line.

"It was a real blunder. I thought I'd cost the boys the game and wasted all our hard work,'' said relieved flanker Gill, who will no doubt feature for the Wallabies later this year.

"I don't even kick left-footed. Greg Holmes and Jake Schatz were into me in the dressingrooms about the karate kicking. No problems there. I've retired the left foot.''

The sliced kick went to the dangerous Julian Savea, who brushed off a few defenders (including Gill) before offloading to Conrad Smith, who was finally brought down by the Reds cover. A few phases later Gill redeemed himself with a solid tackle that forced a turnover.

Sean Maloney has put together a look at five must see, classic clearance kicks gone wrong. We've also included some others in the Related Posts below for your perusal.

Thanks again to the good folk over at Fox Sports. Catch RugbyHQ on Fox Sports 2 @ 8.30pm AEDT.

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:02 pm | View Comments (16)

Posted in Top 5 compilations, See it to Believe it

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Mitchell March 07, 2013 11:33 pm

1 word: Beauxis.

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mise March 08, 2013 12:07 am

O Gara's most recent kick for Ireland.........

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moddeur March 08, 2013 12:08 am

#3 is my favourite here.

But my all-time favourite was in a match I played, in which our number 8 tried to kick from our 22m ... and the ball went backwards over his head.

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stroudos March 08, 2013 12:52 am

Seriously I start laughing before these guys even say anything, especially Maloney.

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paimoe March 08, 2013 5:46 am

Yeah I love how they all laugh at each other as well

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CambridgeshireKid March 08, 2013 5:10 pm

Did Cipriani muck up a few for england the other year? I remember someone having a mare.

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Tom Curran March 08, 2013 5:44 pm

O'Gara in the last minute of the Lions' Second Test. Worst kick/decision I've ever seen, amazing his international career limped on for another four years. Though that kick is not so much funny as liable to make me cry just thinking about it now, so maybe not in keeping with the tone of the others. Definitely the worst though.

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Guy March 08, 2013 8:31 pm

How 'bout this one. Also featured somewhere on RD.

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Sankeor March 09, 2013 2:07 am

1'26" : Falcoooon !

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matt March 10, 2013 6:21 pm

Danny Care clearly saw this video and wanted to be involved

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UpTheLowEnd March 10, 2013 7:07 pm

Beat me too the punch! Was dreadful, almost painful to watch.

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matt March 11, 2013 4:37 pm

I just happened to be watching this at the same time, it tripped my brain a little bit

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Myriadhex March 12, 2013 10:13 pm

Peter Horne had a classic in the recent game v Cardiff, a clearance kick that almost took the head off one of his own players, Gordon Reid, who had to be subbed. I was at the game, but the highlights reel on STV a couple of days later didn't show the incident.

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Faithfull March 14, 2013 1:20 pm

Danny Care's howler at the weekend?

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AJ Capote April 22, 2013 11:07 pm

Does ROG's kick vs Scotland in the 6N count as a clearance kick? Either way it was a mare!

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