You Choose – Episode 1: Tries at the Death

Scott Allen January 22, 2013 43

No GravatarWelcome to You Choose — a new weekly segment from Green & Gold Rugby, where we’ll give you clips of two rugby events and ask you to tell us which is your favourite.

In the future we’ll be selecting clips from current matches for you to vote on, but for now we’ll look back through the archives.

For Episode 1 we want your views on which of the following is your favourite ‘last gasp’ try.

Cast your vote, then let us know why you voted the way you did.

 

Discussion

  • Jets

    Clip 2. AB’s put up more of a fight than a Welsh team who were having a bad run of form.

  • Rugbysmartarse

    Try 2 – O’conner putting an end to a 10 game losing streak to the ABs had me more excited than beating wales for the thousandth time in a year.

  • Johnny-boy

    Clip 2. Clip 1 was really a series of comedic errors, componded by breathtaking Welsh ineptitude and lack of passion and desire (stripped of it by Gatland) to hold the Wallabies out. And Clip1 for Cooper sticking it up McCaw after McCaw had kicked at him from the ground. I can’t wait to see Cooper, with some boxing training behind him, front up to McCaw after McCaw pushes his luck just one time too many. It will all be worth it.

  • Mickeyb

    O’Connor. Why?
    - Context: it doesn’t happen often when we come back against the sheep shaggers after the hooter.
    - Perseverance: several cheap/ illegal shots to kill our ball/ players and we persevered.
    - Quality of the opposition. we love beating black! Smiled for a week after than game.

    - Physicality: the physicality of those phases of attack – close contact hard and rough.
    - Spirit: The spirit in attack shown by the whole team. There were 3-4 line breaks in the lead up yet we didn’t waiver – Sharpie, AAC, Kepu – wonderful interchange from 1-15.
    - Aspirational: If we really want #1 we know what we have to do. Play 90 minute rugby!

    BRING BACK THE ATTACK!

    Still smiling! Love it…..

    • Guy

      By Aspirational, do you mean it didn’t really take your breath away?

      • dictionary

        means exactly what the dictionary says he means

  • SImo

    #2 – it’s against the AB’s. ‘Nuff said.

  • Ryan

    Clip 2. For the reasons mentioned above, and it also took so much to get over the line! The phases leading up to Stephen Donalds kick were just as intense!

  • Zac

    clip 2-Because its against the best team in the world

  • Guy

    I did like the ball being thrown across the field and back in Clip 1, but you cannot look past the physicality and ‘die for the team’ approach of the All Blacks… So Clip 2 wins for mine

  • Kiap

    Try 2 much preferred. That was the climax to a match which had some quality rugby and it broke the drought against the All Blacks. Those wins have been all too rare recently.

    Try 1 made me laugh. It capped-off some adventurous play as a last throw of the dice, but came at the end of an utterly dire game of rugby. Never unhappy to get a win, but I actually felt sorry for the Welsh.

  • Tom

    Clip 2 For sure! It means so much more to beat the All Blacks and I don’t think my stomach has churned so much in anticipation ever! Best game in a very long time.

  • http://twitter.com/LeftArmSpinner LeftArmSpinner

    Austin, you are a genius. what a choice but it has to be clip 2. It was against the All blacks and Wales played dumb footy by not hanging on to it in the 79th minute….Just shows, this vintage of Wallabies CAN play!!!!

  • Robson

    Yep it’s clip 2 for me too. The composure needed for a last gasp try against the ABs is certainly much more of a challenge to take and maintain a grip on than just about any other team in the world.

  • BiginHK

    Clip 2 by far – better constructed in lead up play and final execution. Spread from winger to winger

  • Bearfact

    Clip 2 – because a try against the ABs is a rare and valued event

  • KT

    Try #2 as I was at the game in HK. For thirty minutes the HK Kiwis were speechless.

  • si_rangi

    Clip two, only because it was against the All Blacks, but not having seen clip 1 before I was very impressed. BB tried to ruin it, but great resolve and commitment by the Wallabies, especially as the try started from in front of their try line.

    • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

      How did Berrick ‘try to ruin it’?

      Seems to me he had a decent crack at the line (and passing wasn’t a real option), once tackled better to get the ball back quickly to keep it alive than be pinged for holding-on. Hardly his fault support was so slow.

      Personally I was just happy that he didn’t kick possession away.

  • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Andrew Mosey

    Gotta be number 2.

    But on number 1, I was intrigued that Bill Pulver chose this moment as a rebuttal to accusations of the Wallabies wins being not necessarily entertaining.

    BEN KNIGHT: If you talk to some of the fans what they will say is one of the problems with rugby at the moment is that it’s just less interesting to watch than it was and yes, sure, you’ve had the ups and downs of the national side and there’s been some wins but they haven’t necessarily been entertaining wins, there’s not a lot of tries being scored. Do you see that as a problem for the game?

    BILL PULVER: I don’t think you can just simply link the number of tries scored to the entertainment value of the game. If you saw Kurtley Beale score that try to win the last game on the recent tour, that was a magical piece of television.

  • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Andrew Mosey

    Gotta be number 2.

    But on number 1, I was intrigued that Bill Pulver chose this moment as a rebuttal to accusations of the Wallabies wins being not necessarily entertaining in his first TV interview as ARU CEO.

    BEN KNIGHT: If you talk to some of the fans what they will say is one of the problems with rugby at the moment is that it’s just less interesting to watch than it was and yes, sure, you’ve had the ups and downs of the national side and there’s been some wins but they haven’t necessarily been entertaining wins, there’s not a lot of tries being scored. Do you see that as a problem for the game?

    BILL PULVER: I don’t think you can just simply link the number of tries scored to the entertainment value of the game. If you saw Kurtley Beale score that try to win the last game on the recent tour, that was a magical piece of television.

  • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Andrew Mosey

    Gotta be number 2.

    But on number 1, I was intrigued that Bill Pulver chose this moment as a rebuttal to accusations of the Wallabies’ wins being not necessarily entertaining in his first TV interview as ARU CEO.

    BEN KNIGHT: If you talk to some of the fans what they will say is one of the problems with rugby at the moment is that it’s just less interesting to watch than it was and yes, sure, you’ve had the ups and downs of the national side and there’s been some wins but they haven’t necessarily been entertaining wins, there’s not a lot of tries being scored. Do you see that as a problem for the game?

    BILL PULVER: I don’t think you can just simply link the number of tries scored to the entertainment value of the game. If you saw Kurtley Beale score that try to win the last game on the recent tour, that was a magical piece of television.

    • whiggety

      Ah damn, that’s not a good sign. I recently realised that Michael Hawker needs to go before oz rugby is fixed. I guess I’m not surprised that his bum chum, Bill Pulver, is a lemon too. And here is proof, before he’s even started.

  • Lewis

    Clip 2 for sure. Isn’t the audacity and footwork of Beale astounding in that clip, beating two defenders from effectively a standing start to run the ball upfield to get the field position leading up to the try.

    • Lewis

      Also, great idea for a segment, looking forward to seeing it throughout the Super season.

  • Luke_Baird

    Try 2 for sure. I would also like to add you might want to change the title of the video to “You Choose – Episode #1″ instead of “You Choose #1″ because the latter sounds as though you want us to choose option number 1. Otherwise, great new segment Scott :)

  • RoffsChoice

    Try 2.

    It was a reward for good play against the best team in the world and was just a great ending to one of Australia’s best tests in the last 5 years.

    Try 1 was a glimpse of what Australia can do when they have that support and drive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.butterworth.77 Andrew Butterworth

    I also vote for clip 2. Mainly because the typical AB cheating didn’t pay off for them this time. On this rare occasion the 3 penalty advantages in 1min 30sec didn’t stop the Wallabies momentum and we got over the line.

    • Robson

      Certainly agree. Composure.

  • Morsie

    The first is by far the more significant because without it Deans probably would have gone and we’d be facing a very different rugby landscape in 2013. The second was only a matter of some pride – the Bledisloe was already gone.

    • Robson

      So I guess it was significant for Deans.

  • RugbyAntics

    #2 by a mile…

    The Beale try just made me feel dirty, it was a completely undeserved win. When JOC scored that try I was out of my chair screaming at 5 in the morning (the joys of watching SH Rugby in America) and woke up all of my neighbors. I feel like that more than speaks for itself.

  • John

    2 purely because a win against the all blacks is worth so much more than a win against wales

  • Hannibal

    Clip 2. Because it was the start of so much anxiety amongst NZers as the world cup approached. That warms my heart.

  • ooaahh

    the only constant was Timmy Horan commentating. One try was wrestled for and won (clip 2) the other was more to Wales being out on there feet although also good. Either way I hope we play this style of footy all the time, god this get’s me excited to watch the wallabies again. Bring on the lions.

  • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Matt Rowley

    The bit in the Honkers try where Conrad Smith does his usual sleeping Kiwi with the hands in the air still makes me shake my head. As usual though, smart, cynical play

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.loughton Josh Loughton

    Whoever picked try 1 was born in new zealand

  • LRB

    The second a close run victory over the old enemy after several years of frustration

  • Blinky Bill of Bellingen NSW

    Both great viewing in a Rugby starved time of the year.

    Clip 2 for me. Despite enormous defense by the Nuns we hung in there & backed ourselves and got across the line thanks to some good work by the entire Wallaby team & finished nicely by JOC.

    Two questions:
    1. Why don’t we play like this far more often? ; and
    2. How can we get the ball to JOC more often other than by making him a 12?

  • Hardtackle

    Gotta be 2. The defence of the Welsh was no where near as intense as the Blacks. They threw everything they had at the Wallabies but good prevailed over evil in the end.
    Quality.

  • The Other Dave

    This you choose is good stuff. Will there be more last ditch tries? Because I can think of at least one more that would easily trump these.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.grouse Alan Grouse

    God i love these! brilliant idea GNGR!

    also how amazing is Gordon Bray!? Clarkey is fine and all.. but Bray truly is the best. He should be commentating every wallaby match

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