Looking back at last year’s tournament, it is enjoyable to now to isolate some of the best 2019 Rugby World Cup try highlights.
So knowing the result – and still clapping our hands over South Africa’s fine achievement – Last Word on Rugby dove into the video files, and found some gems that we considered being ‘simply the best’. We hope you will agree, and this will compliment Lottoland’s rugby try guide in rounding out the year’s highlight moments.
2019 Rugby World Cup try scoring highlights
Starting from the top, it would be remiss of our site not to acknowledge one of the sharpest athletes on the rugby field. Standing at shoulder height to some of his teammates didn’t stop Cheslin Kolbe from ‘lighting it up’.
Over the full season, he proved a pocket-rocket. And no better example can be shown, other than the below Cup final moment, where a Kolbe’s Rugby World Cup try completed his teams’ sensational win over England.
Many others have scored tries in a World Cup final, but Kolbe’s was a beauty. And his side halted the English side’s attempt to claim a win for the Northern Hemisphere. But that side also had some fine examples.
Considering all the examples, one special one was scored by Manu Tuilagi. His story of redemption epitomizes why sport encompasses passion and pride. So the try scored against Tonga, where Tuilagi breaks five tackles to score, has to be considered one of the better tries.
Two Try Hero against Tonga.
— Kratos Sports Rugby (@kratosrugby) September 24, 2019
Special mention goes to Jonny May, Anthony Watson, Sam Underhill, and Maro Itoje. They all contributed to the side’s colossal effort, and a try highlights list could be compiled for that nation alone.
Whilst the next effort was towards the end of a foregone conclusion, the pure finishing skills of TJ Perenara must be applauded. His dance down the touchline without going into touch was impressive enough, but the finish whilst under pressure from the Namibian fly-half is of the highest quality.
Simply the Best – from across the Pacific
While the powerhouse nations like New Zealand, are regularly given the spotlight; see TJ Perenara scoring the World Rugby judged ‘try of the tournament’ others are just as enjoyable, just as sensational. One man was his own highlight package. Semi Radradra.
There is something special about Fijian players. Their enjoyment of the game, natural flair, and tremendous hands mean that every game has the potential for magic. And special mention goes to their win over France in recent years, that makes them a danger to any International side.
Samoa may not be as highly ranked as Fiji, but they too have quality players. And the pick of their tries would be the second-half opener against Russia. Down to 14 men, they spread the ball through almost the entire team, to demonstrate that aside from individual brilliance, Samoa can complete concerted, team-generated tries.
Thinking about the Pacific Islanders, many players now represent nations like Australia. Hugely proud of their heritage, but the Wallabies jersey is now theirs, and a fine example of a Rugby World Cup try was Marika Koroibete.
— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 13, 2019
How good? Just sensational.
Speaking of sensations, the host nation Japan ‘gave as good as they’ve got’ at this event. From the enthusiastic locals to the thousands of volunteers, the Japanese people celebrated rugby. And their team performed to the highest level too.
No longer just admirable, Japan was incredible. Winning in the second match against Ireland was only the start. But that match is where countless highlights exist – especially for a star player like Kenki Fukuoka – was in the qualifying match for the teams first-ever RWC quarterfinals berth.
When you can contribute to your team’s success, in the way that Fukuoka, and others like Kotaro Matsushima, Shota Hori, and inspirational leader, Michael Leitch. They all played a part, as did the entire nation, is bringing fans some irresistible rugby.
Editors choice – Springboks fast finisher
And finally, to illustrate the best-of-the-best, it is again to one player from the World Champion Springboks team. This one, selected by Managing Editor, Ryan Jordan.
The choice is, of a player who has peaked at the right moment, and shows brilliance whenever required. Our final RWC try-scoring feature is, Makazole Mapimpi.
The highlights from Mapimpi could fill an entire article, and that would only cover this tournament. In Super Rugby, he is also just as delightful to watch.
As a pinnacle event, the 2019 tournament will go down as one of the most enjoyable. With fan engagement and a great collection of individual matches, including many tries and team performances, as well as a memorable final, last year’s event will go down as one to remember.
There is just a few examples, of Rugby World Cup try scoring highlights, to reflect on. If you have any comments, or wish to find more content at Last Word on Rugby, follow us on Twitter and visit our Facebook page.
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