15 - Maxime Mermoz (Perpignan) v Leicester, Welford Road, Pool 3 Round 3, 6 December 2008
Leicester may have won this match 38-27 but the try of the match was scored by Perpignan centre Maxime Mermoz in the first half. The try came from a Perpignan lineout try deep in their own 22. The French side threw long over their lineout to Mermoz who steps Toby Flood, hands off a few would be Tiger tacklers and wins a length of the pitch foot race to the line for a classic try.
14 - Julien Arias (Stade Francais) v Cardiff Blues, Pool 6 Round 2, 29 October 2004
Star studded Stade Francais arrived in Wales in 2004 and won comprehensively on a scoreline of 38-15, but it was an unheralded young winger who got the show on the road with an audacious 70 metre solo try. Julien Arias collected the ball in a harmless looking situation in the outhalf position from his scrum half Augustin Pichot deep inside in his own half. He brushed off a number of weak Welsh tackles before setting off for the Cardiff line. He expertly rounded Blues full back Craig Morgan before dotting down in the corner for a superb try.
13 - John Kelly (Munster) v Gloucester, Thomond Park, Pool 2 Round 6, 18 January 2003
The try itself if taken out of context was nothing special, but of course this was the moment we all witnessed a rugby miracle. The numbers are now firmly engrained in our heads. Four tries and 27 points. It is the exact margin that Munster had to win by on that dreary afternoon in Thomond Park. It doesn't seem such a big deal now. Sure, what else would you expect from Munster, but those were heady days, and Munster were in the midst of building their European legacy. Gloucester were a serious unit as well, of course, and had already beaten Munster 35-16 at Kingsholm. History was made, however, and a legend was born, as Munster got that fourth try at the death and an apparently oblivious Ronan O'Gara kicked the vital conversion. 33-6. Four tries and 27 points. Thomond had officially become a rugby shrine.
12 - Rob Howley (Wasps) v Toulouse, Heineken Cup Final, Twickenham, 23 May 2004
Although definitely not the greatest try in the history of this competition, has there ever been a more dramatic one? With just over two minutes to go Toulouse have a 22 drop out. They have just levelled at 20-20 and they look like they will have the momentum as the game heads into extra time. Rob Howley awkwardly picks up the bouncing restart and sends a speculative little grubber kick down the left touchline as the Toulouse defensive line is about to engulf him. Toulouse full back Clement Poitrenaud appears to have everything under control but he gambles that the ball will run over the tryline, and he waits and waits for the ball to reach the line. Meanwhile, Howley has been sprinting like a man possessed and he dives and grounds the ball right in the corner as Poitrenaud stands over him with a bemused look on his face. Big mistake. Big try. The title for Wasps.
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