"Greatest performance ever in a given position" XV

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You may have thought we'd beaten the random XV horse dead, but maybe we've kept the best for last (or, alternatively, we haven't).

This is an XV made up of players that have put in the best performance ever in a given position. The exact game the performance took place, and a little description as to why you think that player deserves the spot will help. I'll start:

15. Rob Kearney - Lions v SA in 2009: Took pretty much every bomb, at altitude, in a virtuoso performance of ball catching
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11. Jonah Lomu - England v NZ in 1995: One man wrecking ball that smashed England almost single-handedly
10. Dan Carter - Lions v NZ's in 2005: Might just be the best performance ever by any player
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6. Thierry Dusautoir - France v NZ in 2007: Probably the only other performance to rival Carters with 38 tackles in the game
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1. Mako Vunipola - England v Ireland in 2019: Put in a ridiculous shift including 27 tackles, 11 carries, and all round dominant display
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11 Jonah v England RWC 95
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11.Lomu v England 1995 RWC semi final.
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Good shouts.
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7 - Richie McCaw vs Aus in Brisbane 06
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(A slightly out of position) 12. Christopher Lamaison France v new Zealand 1999
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And these don't count as they're not test level, but

Jeff Wilson - Otago vs Wgtn in about 97
Bill Cavubati - Wgtn vs NSW around 94.

Goldie scored about 3 tries, set up a couple of others and snuffed out a few from Wgtn. Was just impossible to stop.

And Big Bill rampaged through the NSW pack all day and managed to convince them he wasn't really an immobile unfit lard arse. He moved over to Sydney a few months later to play club rugby and only lasted a few months till they realised the performance was an aberration.
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4 Johnson v new Zealand 2003
5 Eales v new Zealand 2000 or oconnell v south Africa 2009 (he learned Afrikaans for God's sake)
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Richie McCaw vs Wallabies 2010
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Not necessarily the greatest performances ever in the position, but particular stand outs for me:

10. Thomas Castaignede against Wales in 1998 when France thrashed them 51 - 0 at Wembley. He could do no wrong that day, and ran the Welsh ragged.

4. Simon Shaw for the Lions in the 2nd test against SA in 2009. One of the all time great performances in one of the greatest tests ever (and a rare recipient of a mark of 10 from the Walrus)
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Sean Fitzpatrick vs Springboks 1996
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Carl Hayman vs France 2004

Tony Woodcock vs France 2004
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rialtoblue wrote:(A slightly out of position) 12. Christopher Lamaison France v new Zealand 1999
Lamaison was at 10 that day, although he was more often picked as a 12. He was superb and scored a full house as well (try, conversion, penalty and drop goal) on the way to guiding France to victory.
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Ali Williams vs Lions 1st Test, 2005.
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Sonny Blount wrote:Carl Hayman vs France 2004

Tony Woodcock vs France 2004
Dan Carter vs France 2004
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Weren't there a few tests in 2009 where Heinrich Brussow was unstoppable?
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9. Conor Murray v All Blacks Nov 2018
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What was that Haskell match v Aus where he was a machine and pretty much single handedly ruin their game ? 2017 first test ? Was on the Eng tour to Aus
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9 Fourie du Preez vs England pool RWC 2007
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Jannie de Beer vs England, RWC 1999

Hugo Porta vs All Blacks, 1985
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Sadly it was only for 40 minutes, but Finn Russell against England last year at Twickenham was astonishing, possibly the best 40 minutes i've seen from a 10.

However, would have to agree that Carter against the Lions was the most complete match by a 10, by a distance.
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Rupeni Caucau against Scotland at the 2003 RWC? Maybe Caucau can play 14 and Jonah Lomu circa 1995 can play 11?
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danny_fitz wrote:9. Conor Murray v All Blacks Nov 2018
2016, or you making a funny?
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handyman wrote:Weren't there a few tests in 2009 where Heinrich Brussow was unstoppable?
I agree, Simon Shaw in that 2nd Lions test that year as well. Still raved about today.
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backrow wrote:What was that Haskell match v Aus where he was a machine and pretty much single handedly ruin their game ? 2017 first test ? Was on the Eng tour to Aus
2016 2nd test I think.
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Great topic Jeff the Bear.

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Ali's Choice wrote:Rupeni Caucau against Scotland at the 2003 RWC? Maybe Caucau can play 14 and Jonah Lomu circa 1995 can play 11?
40min effort. Starved of ball in the 2nd half. Possibly the most disappointing half of rugby I've seen from a test team. Fijians Fiji'd themselves out of the world cup.
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Dan Lydiate in one of our Grand Slam matches against France. Put in a Dusatoir shift. Ridiculous performance.

Scott Gibbs in the 2nd Lions test in 1997. Put in the moment of the tour and a defensive shift for the ages.
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Richard Hill with one good leg Heineken Cup QF against Pisspreys.
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I think he may have been wearing 6, but could I shoehorn Betson in at 7 for his performance in 2002 against England. He utterly dominated Wilkinson (in the end I think Wilkinson was taken off) and I think Woodward said it was the best performance by an individual he had ever seen.

This was the defining performance of that years 6N leading to a France grand slam (and don't forget this is probably the peak of that England team when they were undoubtedly the best team in the world.)
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eldanielfire wrote:
handyman wrote:Weren't there a few tests in 2009 where Heinrich Brussow was unstoppable?
I agree, Simon Shaw in that 2nd Lions test that year as well. Still raved about today.
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5. Sam Whitelock in RWC2015 semi-final. He put in a massive shift and the icing on the cake came when he took a Bok throw-in from Matfield with a few minutes to go and only 25m or so from our tryline.
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Tehui wrote:Great topic Jeff the Bear.

:thumbup:
yeah, except that it has been done a dozen times already :lol:
but nevermind, always entertaining again
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1. Mtawarira SA v Lions 1st test 2009
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Jeff the Bear wrote:
15. Rob Kearney - Lions v SA in 2009: Took pretty much every bomb, at altitude, in a virtuoso performance of ball catching
That is your criteria for the greatest ever performance by a fullback?
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Richard Hill on one leg when he virtually single handedly beat the Ospreys.
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RuggaBugga wrote:
Jeff the Bear wrote:
15. Rob Kearney - Lions v SA in 2009: Took pretty much every bomb, at altitude, in a virtuoso performance of ball catching
That is your criteria for the greatest ever performance by a fullback?
He's setting it up to have a go at ROG.
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c69 wrote:Richard Hill on one leg when he virtually single handedly beat the Ospreys.
Late to the game as usual, Fatty.
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7: SOB against NZ in 2013.
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