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Your withdrawal symptoms should already be kicking in. Fortunately, with around 1,400 days to go until the next Rugby World Cup gets underway in France in 2023, we have a short-term solution to ease your suffering, as we count down the top 25 tries from Japan 2019.
Every game has been checked, with a shortlist of almost 60 tries whittled down to 25.
Liam Williams 25. Manti Te’o – USA v Tonga
Dear reader, a confession: I have a clear weakness for absurd offloads. USA No 8 Cam Dolan comes up with a ripper here to release Manti Te’o.
The Eagles’ full-back, squat but rapid, looks impossible to tackle and he gives Tonga full-back Telusa Veainu absolutely no chance.
Liam Williams 24. Mali Hingano – Tonga v France
Always good to have a bit of comedy value in these lists. You will see France at their sublime best later. This was one of their ridiculous moments.
Cooper Vuna’s infield nudge is really a shot to nothing, at best hoping for some territory. Maxime Medard and Damian Penaud then decide to completely make a hash of what should be a straightforward mop-up job at the back.
Full credit to Hingano for his opportunism and effort to win the ball and then shrug off the tackles to score a try out of seemingly nowhere.
Liam Williams 23. Gareth Davies – Wales v Australia
The only interception score on the list, but it came at such a pivotal time for Wales, already up 16-8 in Tokyo, and was a perfect illustration of how Gareth Davies picked Will Genia’s pocket all day long.
Worth noting that Davies is so much quicker than the chasing Bernard Foley and Dane Haylett-Petty that he can even arc his run to make the conversion easier.
Liam Williams 22. Cobus Reinach – South Africa v Canada
Not a bad way to complete your hat-trick inside of 20 minutes.
This was more of a team effort, ignited by Elton Jantjies’ cross-field chip from inside his own 22 towards Warrick Gelant. The South Africa back then combined with Damian de Allende to put Reinach under the posts.
Liam Williams 21. Cobus Reinach – South Africa v Canada
Not a typo – Reinach ended up scoring two excellent tries for the Springboks. The faithful at Franklin’s Gardens are used to this high level of audacity from their scrum-half, and this was one of the best solo efforts of the entire tournament.
Starting well within his own half, Reinach finds that outside break past Canada’s Conor Trainor, before chipping wing Jeff Hassler, with the ball bouncing up perfectly to score. Magic.
Liam Williams 20. Virimi Vakatawa – France v Tonga
What happens when you unleash Vakatawa and Alivereti Raka at the same time? Fireworks. France’s two Fijian-born flyers ripped Tonga open, after the Pacific Island side’s lineout went awry.
Camille Chat, Romain Ntamack and Sofiane Guitoune were all involved, but the pace, power and step of Raka works like a treat, releasing Vakatawa with an inside pass for an easy run-in.
Liam Williams 19. Kyle Sinckler – England v Australia
Makes the cut given the pass from Owen Farrell is absolutely stunning, delivered with the game on the line at 17-16.
A good reminder of just how dangerous Farrell can be when he plays flat up to the gain-line as a distributor. The angle from Kyle Sinckler is also excellent, but Farrell’s perfect delivery hits the tighthead in stride for his first Test try.
Liam Williams 18. Santiago Arata – Uruguay v Fiji
The first spark that suggested Uruguay could make something special happen in Kamaishi. German Kessler – the hooker with outstanding mullet-and-moustache combination
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