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here comes the sidestep, originally uploaded by will_plant.

Ian Balshaw doesn't pick the sidestep as Nick Evans cruises past.

From the 2008/9 Guinness Premiership game Harlequins vs Gloucester 21st February 2009 @ the Twickenham Stoop

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Date: 2009-03-26 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] david-de-beer.livejournal.com
ah, this would explain what happened to Nick Evans. My brother and me concluded he's either in Europe or injured -- why else wouldn't the Auckland Blues play him?

Evans is a sight to see when he breaks a line. Wonderful player.

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Date: 2009-03-26 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] willplant.livejournal.com
He might be up here following the money - but he's been worth every penny even if he's missed a few games through injury - there is a small danger that he'll miss our Heineken Quarter Final game against Leinster on Easter Sunday.

Check out this from earlier in the season - i was there and the weather was foul but the result was great - Evans lines up for the drop twice before finally deciding to take it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3StR2BNTGI

caution i think the volume on this youtube vid is very loud

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Date: 2009-03-27 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] david-de-beer.livejournal.com
I think he is a bit injury prone, but he plays more often that not so it's all right.

The North pays better than the South so I don't blame the players for chasing money. Sometimes a person has to do what's best for themselves and their families and if you have a chance to stock up on some good funds in your youth why not?
But the cross-pollination of players playing in different countries is overall a good thing, imo, provided there are some limitations to ensure that younger players of the native country also have a chance to compete for spots. Then they can get to play with, against and learn from some of the best in the world. Good for rugby all around.

ta for the link. god, but they almost cocked it up right on the goal line! If I'd been watching that live I would have for certain thought it was over when the wing broke back infield and started losing ground. how on earth Evans managed a drop in that weather...*shakes head*

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Date: 2009-03-27 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] willplant.livejournal.com
i have a copy of the satellite broadcast and you can see him stamping the mud flat on the spot he knows he'll have to drop the goal from a couple of phases before he receives the ball!

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