There have been some wonderful tries scored in international rugby in 2016, but we’ve scoured the internet to pick out ten of the very best scores from across the world this year.
10) Nicolas Sanchez v Japan, 5th November 2016
In recent years the Pumas have stepped up their rugby a few gears, in particular their attacking game. Gone of the days of total reliance on defence and set piece, now Argentina’s finest can match the best teams in the world for intelligent running lines, silky handling skills and brilliant awareness.
9) Kaito Shigeno v Scotland, 2nd July 2016
Although they might quite not have reached the dizzying heights of their World Cup campaign and victory over South Africa in 2015, Japan still have some serious talent at their disposal. This stunning score against Scotland back during the mid-year tours highlights once again the Japanese natural handling and running ability.
8) Jamie Heaslip v Italy, 12th February 2016
Against Italy in the Six Nations the Irish team gelled particularly well and this beautiful try is a snapshot of the expansive game Ireland showed they are capable of. Another brilliant team try that deservedly won the World Rugby Try Of The Year award for 2016.
7) TJ Perenara v Argentina, 2nd October 2016
Somehow the All Blacks make scoring tries so easy, after all they 80 tries this year. However, this particular effort started and finished by scrum half TJ Perenara showcases just how dangerous New Zealand are if they’re given just an inch of space. Passing so clinical you could set your watch by it.
6) Danielle Waterman v Canada, 26th November 2016
If you haven’t been paying attention to the women’s teams this year then you’ll have missed this cracker of a try from England’s Waterman against Canada. Pace, power, vision, Waterman has it all.
As a little bonus, here’s another fabulous score from the same player against Ireland during the USA Sevens:
— EatSleepRugby (@eatsleeprugby) December 29, 2016
5) Jonny May v South Africa, 12th November 2016
What better way to celebrate your return to an England jersey for the first time in a year than with a superb finish to cap off a slick team move from your team against a side you haven’t beaten in almost a decade? It was a good autumn campaign for the returning Gloucester winger and this is one of his many highlights.
4) Total cop out: Every All Blacks try scored this year.
Okay, okay, it is a cop out, but come on… The All Blacks have scored some mesmerising solo and team efforts in 2016 that make the rest of the world look very ordinary at times. Check out this excellent montage of some of their best scores this year.
3) Tevita Kuridrani v France, 20th November 2016
It’s not so much the build up to this try that is special but rather the finish from Kuridrani that seems to defy the laws of physics themselves. It’s the kind of score Andy Goode would be happy with. How the Wallaby was able to put the ball down in the corner in the tighest of spaces we’ll never know, but what a glorious way to score.
2) Danny Care v France, 19th March 2016
Somehow every time Danny Care scores he seems to put in tries that are so ‘Care-esque’. There are very few players who have such an idiosyncratic way of racking up points! This 45 metre dash to help England on their way to a first Grand Slam title in 13 years was a brilliantly opportunistic score.
1) Andy Ellis v South Africa, 5th November 2016
It’s not been a vintage year for the Springboks and the 31 – 31 draw with the Barbarians at Wembley will be another match that South Africa will want to forget. However, for the Barbarians it was a great chance to show the side is still very much relevant in the professional era, and this score really embodies the spirit of one of rugby’s great teams.
Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena