The Anatomy of a Try – Katherine Merchant vs Samoa August 2014

The IRB Women's Rugby World Cup is currently underway and the first round of games saw two big wins for the Black Ferns of New Zealand who beat Kazakhstan 79-5, and England who put Samoa away in a 65-3, 10 try rout, though it was a score line that belied the hard work put in by Samoa in this compelling game.

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Katherine Merchant got on the score board twice with two well worked touchdowns, the second of which we feature here. 20 minutes into the match England were struggling to subdue the spirited Samoans after they'd been reduced to 14 men for a dangerous tackle. Merchants second try came at exactly the right moment and was the one that opened the flood gates.

It's a good try to look at, with the initial stages showing England’s pod system set up and the later stages of the try showing England’s excellence in decision making and support running.

You'll seldom see a better try scored at any level of the game.

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