Although the Six Nations may have come to a conclusion on March 18, tournament organisers have not yet finished handing out medals after shortlisting eight nominees for the try of the try of the Championship award.
Among those listed are Stuart Hogg, who exposed Ireland’s narrow defence before selling Rob Kearney a brilliant dummy to touch down for Scotland on the opening weekend of the Championship.
The intelligent line taken by Paddy Jackson in the same game has also been rewarded, after the Ulster fly-half flew through a gap between Mark Bennett and Alex Dunbar to touch down and put Ireland ahead in Murrayfield.
Liam Williams’ effort against England has also been nominated. While the Welsh winger crashed over to claim the score, a great deal of praise must be directed toward Ross Moriarity, Dan Biggar and Scott Williams, who each either ran dummy lines or handled with precision to put Williams over.
Elliot Daly’s match-winning score in the same fixture also received a nomination. Although Welsh fans will curse Jonathan Davies’ poor clearance kick and Alex Cuthbert’s positioning, there can be no doubting the intent demonstrated by England once George Ford caught the ball.
Not only did Daly demonstrate fantastic pace to burn the isolated Cuthbert, the try was made by Owen Farrell’s fantastic pass.
In contrast to many of the tries scored on the short list, Michele Campagnaro’s effort was a brilliant individual score. Not only did the Italian centre sit-down George Ford with his immense power, but he stood up Mike Brown with a magical step.
What’s more, the try was one of the few moments that threatened to overshadow a game that will be remembered for Italy’s no ruck tactic.
After a very poor performance against Scotland, George North struck back against Ireland with a vintage display that saw him score a well constructed try in the corner.
The big winger demonstrated his immense power by running through both Keith Earls and Simon Zebo after taking advantage of some brilliant interplay between Scott Williams and Rhys Webb. The Welsh scrum-half put Williams through a hole after spotting a dog leg created by Paddy Jackson in the midfield.
Once Webb broke into open field, he could unleash North’s raw power to full effect.
This season saw France return to their tradition approach, by moving the ball wide and looking to offload out of the tackle. While the high-risk strategy saw Guy Noves’ side make an awful lot of handling errors over the course of the Championship, at times it paid dividends.
One such occasion occurred against Italy, when France’s high tempo multi-phase strategy created the space for Gael Fickou to throw a brilliant dummy and step inside the cover the score a memorable try.
The final try included on the shortlist was scored by Anthony Watson, who finished off a training ground move during England’s impressive 61-21 win over Scotland.
On any number of occasions during the game, Eddie Jones’ side ripped Scotland apart off quick first phase ball, allowing England to unleash their potent backline. On this occassion, it was Watson who benefited after Jonathan Joseph ran a brilliant line to break through the cover.
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