An Ode to Autumn
November 16, 2012
Chris Ashton runs away from Drew Mitchell en route to his famous score in 2010 © Getty Images
With Chris Ashton's stunning try against Australia from 2010 being shown on a continual loop in the run up to England's match with the Wallabies this weekend, ESPNscrum looks back at some other stunning scores from the traditional end of year international window. Watch out for quick-footed All Blacks, a last-gasp England score and that magician Shane Williams.
Shane Williams v Australia (2008)
A stunning try started and finished by that mini Welsh maestro against the Wallabies. Jamie Roberts, who was unknowingly playing with a fractured skull after a collision with Stirling Mortlock in the second minute of the match, also played a key role in the score and it helped propel them to a memorable 21-18 triumph.
Tommy Bowe v South Africa (2010)
Having been a constant thorn in the side of South Africa during the 2009 British & Irish Lions tour, the Springboks would surely have been sick of the sight of Bowe and aware of his try-scoring prowess. But he still managed to score a superb score in Ireland's meeting with the Boks in 2010, although they eventually fell to a narrow 23-21 reverse.
Jaque Fourie v England (2008)
It was the match that effectively spelled the end for Andy Robinson's poor tenure in charge of England. England were already on the wrong side of a heavy deficit but Fourie's score in the 77th minute compounded their misery and set the seal on his side's 42-6 triumph.
Dan Luger v Australia (2000)
The match was deep into injury time and England were trailing 19-15. But Iain Balshaw's chip befuddled 13-man Australia and Dan Luger managed to dot the ball down much to the delight of a packed Twickenham. The TMO was drafted him but he approved Luger's effort and England emerged with a 22-19 victory.
Mils Muliaina v France (2009)
The All Blacks crossed for five tries against France to silence the Marseille crowd. Muliaina's stunning score was arguably the pick of the bunch and helped them to their eventual 39-12 win.
Shane Williams v Argentina (2009)
The diminutive winger enjoyed a try-scoring odyssey during his international career including this stunning score. He grabbed a brace against the Pumas back in November 2009 but it is his second score that gets the nod - Wales ended up winning 33-16.
James O'Connor v France (2010)
The final try in the Wallabies' rout of France (shown here in the last few seconds of the video), it was a far cry from their woeful showing against Les Bleus last weekend and showcased everything that can be great about Australian rugby - quick hands, deft feet and lethal finishing ability.
Joe Rokocoko v Wales (2004)
Although he has gone off the boil in recent times at Bayonne, on his day, there were few better finishers in world rugby than Joe Rokocoko. Out of his 46 scores for the Kiwis, this is right up there with the best of them and helped the All Blacks beat Wales 26-25.
Juan Imhoff v Wales (2012)
While Argentina have scored better tries in their illustrious history, this score was reminiscient of their 2007 best. Wales eventually fell to a 26-12 defeat and Imhoff's score, along with Gonzalo Camacho's effort, is worthy of a place on our list.
Dan Carter v England (2006)
One of the greatest players to ever grace the rugby stage, Dan Carter silenced Twickenham with a powerful and incisive dart through the England defence. Charlie Hodgson's limp drop out found Byron Kelleher and after a shift from Richie McCaw, Carter gathered the ball, handed off Anthony Allen and crashed over. The All Blacks took the Test 41-20.
Chris Ashton v Australia (2010)
It had to feature eventually - arguably England's greatest score at Twickenham, Ashton ran from his own five metre line, following a neat offload from Courtney Lawes, and sprinted away for an incredible solo effort. England ended up beating the Wallabies 35-18 and fans of the red rose side will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.
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