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Top Ten RWC Tries


Here is SuperSport.com's list of the Top 10 Rugby World Cup tries of all time:

10. Player: David Kirk
Match: New Zealand v France final 1987
It was the try that sealed the first World Cup title, a perfect one two with Michael Jones from the base of the scrum back inside to Kirk who darted in at the corner. A well worked move that paid off at the right time and ensured New Zealand were the first world champions, scored by their inspirational captain in the final.

9. Player: Alfred Uluinayau
Match: Fiji v France, 1999
It was a game that should have given Fiji their greatest upset of their World Cup history, but for two poor decisions by now IRB referee boss Paddy O’Brien. Uluinayau hit the line at pace, managed to break the first tackle and get momentum, before a wonderful step beat the French defence and sent him over for the game’s first try. It was a moment of glory for Fiji, which deserved a better result.

8. Player: Gordon Hamilton
Match: Quarterfinal, Ireland v Australia 1991
It was the moment Ireland thought they had won a place in the semifinals, only to have Michael Lynagh rip it away from them in the third minute of extra time. A beautiful grubber by Jim Staples beat David Campese and when Hamilton received the ball, his 40 metre sprint to the corner was enough to send Landsdowne Road into a frenzy. Not often do youy see 40 metre runs from flank forwards, and if Ireland had kept the Aussies out, it probably would have been one of the tries of the century.

7. Player: Stephen Jones
Match: Wales v England 2003
An excellent try started and almost finished by the Welsh dynamo Shane Williams. The little winger collected the ball from a kick just outside his own 22 metre area, turned and stepped two players before sending Dwayne Peel downfield. Williams collected the ball again two passes later, to juggle it and almost lose it, before regaining the ball and passing inside to Stephen Jones for a sensational try. While England went on to win, it showed just how dangerous Williams was with ball in hand, and will forever be remembered by Welsh fans as a moment of glory.

6. Player: Jonah Lomu
Match: New Zealand v England 1999
Like 1995, Lomu will forever be etched in the nightmares of the English side for his powerful runs. In this one he had acres of space when receiving the ball and started to pump the legs as Jeremy Guscott came across for the cover tackle. Not only did he beat Guscott easily, he beat two more and powered his way over the line. While Lomu didn’t run over anyone ala Mike Catt, his demolition job was just as impressive, prompting the commentator to scream “its 1995 all over again” as the try was scored.

5. Player: Takudzwa Ngwenya
Match: USA v SA 2007
Possibly the try of the 2007 World Cup. Zimbabwean born Ngwenya was a sensation in the American Eagles team, and finished a beauty of a try that started almost on his own tryline. After receiving the ball, he stopped then decided to take on 2007 IRB Player of the year Bryan Habana on the outside, beating the Springbok speedster for pace and precision as he left him for dead. It was a moment Springbok fans couldn’t believe, and one that rugby fans across the world will savour for a long time.

4. Player: David Campese
Match: Australia v New Zealand 1991
Campese was at his best, and came off his wing to slot in at flyhalf and take the ball at amazing speed, running across the field and away from the All Black defence. Campese was so good that the All Blacks never even came close.

3. Player: Serge Blanco
Match: France v Australia 1987
In an epic ding dong match that was the highlight of the 87 World Cup, Blanco proved why he was so highly rated in world rugby, taking the ball after the French turned over possession and attacked with flair and gusto. Blanco had almost left the field and was battered in a game that held nothing back, but had enough in the tank to sprint for the corner to score the match winning try in the semifinal.

2. Player: John Kirwan
Match: 1987 Opening match, New Zealand v Italy
Considered by some to be the best individual try ever scored in a World Cup match, it showed Kirwan at the height of his talent, as he carved up the entire Italian defence from his own 22 to run the length of the field to score a sensational try. Fair enough, the Italians were hovering on a 50 point loss by then, but it took vision, skill and speed to score one of the most sensational tries in rugby history, and set the tone for the 1987 Rugby World Cup.

1. Player: Jonah Lomu
Match: New Zealand v England 1995 (2nd try)
Poor Michael Catt. He will forever be remembered as the man Lomu bulldozered over in Cape Town to confirm the All Black’s status as rugby’s first superstar. While Lomu had already set the World Cup alight in 1995, the semifinal in Cape Town was his crescendo.

Lomu received the ball from a bad pass, had to turn and collect, fend off Rory Underwood before powering past Will Carling and finally over the unfortunate Catt. It was the most memorable moment from the 1995 World Cup, and despite all the power and precision in Cape Town, the Springboks found a way to stop him a week later. The fact that Lomu never scored against the Boks remains a talking point today, while Catt will be one of the few who want to forget the moment forever.

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