You Choose – Episode 2: Winning Kicks

Scott Allen January 25, 2013 17

No GravatarThe verdict from last week was pretty clear – 86% voted for the try from James O’Connor at the end of the final Bledisloe Cup match in Hong Kong in 2010 as their favourite.

This week it’s time to celebrate Australia Day with five match winning kicks for the Wallabies. Which is your favourite?

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

Discussion

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

    As much as I wanted to give Eales, the excitement I felt when Beale slotted that penalty in Bloemfontein still leaves a nice taste

    • ooaahh

      I’d love to vote Beale as well but then I see Moorefood and Maddog on the bench and I just shake my head.

  • Dougall

    Eales > O’Connor > Beale > Mortlock > Harris

  • JKB

    Beale’s was by far the most difficult and broke a nearly 50 year hoodoo.
    Has to go to KB.

  • Morsie

    Eales, because it was for the Bledisloe cup.

  • Kiap

    Love ‘em all. Had to pick one so went for Eales. A 6’7″ lock kicking it over the black dot to win the Bled. Legendary!

  • Rugbysmartarse

    hard to pick this. Eales will get the votes, but I picked Sterlo. First time we won the Tri Nations, great pressure shot, the old “deer in headlights” face he made when kicking, plus this was on the night of my 21st, so has a special memory for me

  • Brax

    Kick 4 hands down.

    1: Because it was Ealesy.
    2: Because it won us the Bledisloe.
    3: Because he didn’t even know he was going to have to take the kick when he called for a shot at goal.
    4: Because it was in N.Z.
    & 5: Because it was Ealesy!

  • Doug Dew

    Eales. Every one remembers where they were when he kicked this. Didn’t the Aussie netball girls do the same thing on the same night or close to it?

  • http://twitter.com/mattkassulke Matt Kassulke

    O’Connor hit the ball best under a heap of pressure, Kurtleys was also quite extraordinary.

  • The Other Dave

    Eales first, daylight second.

    An absolute giant of the game, his career epitomised by this moment. Can anyone think of a player who stepped up like this before or since?

  • James

    Is Peter De Villiers in the crowd for the Stirling Mortlock kick at 0:15? Looks like him!

  • Robson

    O’Connor’s kick for purity of direction and elevation, Beale’s for length, but they were all great kicks under enormous pressure. I want to give it, however, to the forward who rose out of the the hurly burly of a giant struggle in the forward exchanges to settle his pounding pulse and heaving chest and step up and win the Bled. All this with the princely composure of the awesome athlete and leader that he is; and despite the deliberate and cynical distraction of an unidentified All Black moving to and fro in the goal mouth before and during the run up to the kick. So for me it’s Eales.

  • Bearfact

    While #5 by O’Connor gave blessed relief from the string of AB wins, and
    #2 Beale kicked 50m from the sideline to break the drought on Saffa soil,
    #4 Eales gets my vote for the memory of his captaincy of that Bedisloe winning team

  • Ael

    How about Jonnys world cup winning kick, then?

  • David

    O’conner’s for me, Ealsey and the rest were great, but ‘the Kid’ had just busted a couple of All Black tackles on the line and somehow grounded the ball, then stepped up and kicked it

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickgotts Nick Gotts

    Eales!
    All of these clips are awesome. Not getting much recognition is Aussie mike though, confidence was pretty low after the game against Scotland, he replaced Barnes with a few minutes to go then kicked for the game, was a good game to be at.

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