The best try ever?

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    Was this tackle-busting effort by Eric Grothe the greatest solo try in rugby league history? Think of the context, the standard of the opposition (this was 1983, when the Bulldogs were a powerful unit) and the sheer destructiveness of the run. And then look at who ended up around his boatlaces – Steve ‘Turvy’ Mortimer, too late, but showing the others how to do it. The best individual try? Let us know your thoughts.

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    • March 21st 2007 @ 9:01am
      simon said | March 21st 2007 @ 9:01am | ! Report

      Zac, that try is pretty special. His use of the fend is superb as he switches ball to protect himself from the defence. Don’t you miss the days of the Grothe, Sterling, Kenny, Cronin backlines….

    • March 21st 2007 @ 1:57pm
      spiro said | March 21st 2007 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

      It might be the best try in rugby league but it certainly could not match John Kirwan’s try against Italy for New Zealand at Eden Park in the first match of the 1987 Rugby World Cup tournament. Kirwan took the ball from a kick-off and seemd to beat virtually every Italian on the field. This has to be the best try scored in rugby.

    • March 21st 2007 @ 2:17pm
      Bob MC Gregor said | March 21st 2007 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

      Zac, this is a special try but I can’t help but wonder whether he would have got past Clive Churchell or Johnny Raper at their best. Most of the attempted tackles were too high and to stop a big highly mobile man they have to take their legs out – as was evidenced by Steve Mortimer. Rod Phelps [Wallaby of 1950/60’s] was also in this league as a defender.

      Perhaps one of the best tries in my living memory was scored by Lomu of AB against England in 1995 RWC semi-final in Sth Afr where he waded through tackle after tackle head on. It was try of sheer power. Imagine the “fireworks” if Grothe and Lomu we lined up against each other at their best. Now that would be worth going to see!

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      March 21st 2007 @ 9:59pm
      Zac Zavos said | March 21st 2007 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

      Nice call Bob. He was always so balanced…even when off-balance! Here’s some of that Lomu clip:

    • March 23rd 2007 @ 5:21pm
      Dave DeBrincat said | March 23rd 2007 @ 5:21pm | ! Report

      fair call Bob, although Canterbury in the mid 1980’s have been considered one of the best defensive teams of all time.

      As a proud Parramatta fan, it still makes me feel good to watch this try. Although you can’t hear it, the commentary by Ray Warren is fantastic.

    • March 24th 2007 @ 12:08am
      zolton said | March 24th 2007 @ 12:08am | ! Report

      Yeah, good point Dave. As a dedicated Parra fan, you must be pining for the glory days of old – Grothe, kenny, Ella, Sterling, Cronin, Hunt, Taylor, Price. What a superb club side that was.

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