Rugby World Cup 2015 has already dished up its fair share of shocks and great plays, and as the second weekend came to a close, World Rugby has given us a chance to reflect on some of the best tries in the competition so far.
They’re all outstanding, so here is our take on each try, with the video down below.
Try No.1 – Santiago Cordero (Argentina v Georgia)
The first try is a superb effort from Pumas winger Santiago Cordero. Already way ahead on the scoreboard, Cordero sniffs out this belter with impressive power to bump off his opposite number and an equally good turn of pace to race clear for the line. Argentina went on to win the match 54-9.
Try No.2 – Gareth Davies (Wales v England)
In arguably the shock of the weekend, Wales turned the ‘Pool of death’ on its head with a 28-25 victory over tournament hosts England at Twickenham. Severely hampered by injury, Wales – who had lost their entire back-three – had to call on replacement scrum-half Lloyd Williams to cover wing. Williams’ inspiration and excellent vision proved crucial as a pin-point crossfield kick was snapped up by regular 9 Gareth Davies to touch down under the posts.
Try No.3 – Rob Kearney (Ireland v Romania)
Ireland secured a bonus point win over Romania in front of a World Cup record crowd of 89,267 at Wembley without running riot. The Irish were clinical and full back Simon Zebo was the stand-out figure in an excellent performance. His searing pace and incisive pass inside put Rob Kearney in for a fantastic breakaway score.
Try No.4 – Matt Toomua (Australia v Uruguay)
Australia’s illustrious – and often controversial – stand-off Quade Cooper can blow hot and cold. But in Sunday’s meeting with Uruguay he was in blistering form, setting up this classic team try for Matt Toomua. A trademark side-step bamboozled the Uruguayan defence before some neat interplay with Kurtley Beale saw Toomua run in the try of the game.
Try No.5 – DTH van der Merwe (Canada v Italy)
For a long time at Elland Road on Saturday, it seemed that Kieran Crowley’s Canada were about to upset Italy in Pool D. They played a fast paced, running game that suited former Glasgow Warriors player DTH van der Merwe down to the ground. And as fans north of the English border will testify, Van der Merwe’s pace is electric.
The South African born winger brilliantly tracked his inside pass to Ciaran Hearn before cutting back upon receiving the ball to round several Italian defenders to go in under the posts. The Canucks would ultimately fall short 23-18.