Watch: Brisbane Tens 2017 - Top 10 Tries
Ahead of this weekend’s Brisbane Global Tens, we look back at some of the best moments of the first ever edition of the tournament from 2017 by counting down the Top 10 tries.
10. Curtis Rona (Force)
Force flyer Curtis Rona will be absent from this year’s event after being omitted from the Waratahs squad, his new team for this season. Fans will get to see Rona in action during the Super Rugby season as a host of the Tahs Wallabies are being rested this weekend.
9. James Lentjes (Highlanders)
Lentjes barnstorming run off the lineout makes this list at number nine. The open side flanker is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and won’t be available for this year’s tournament.
8. Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes)
The hot-stepper returned from a year-long injury to dazzle at the Tens last year. He wasn’t required to square many defenders on this try however, finishing off a well-worked long-range team try.
7. Tilo Mealoi (Samoa)
Samoa Sevens star Tilo Mealoi won’t be apart of this year’s tournament either, as Samoa is absent from the attendees’ list this year. However this memorable try will be worth remembering from Mealoi.
6. Declan O’Donnell (Blues)
Blues flyer O’Donnell is better known for his time on the New Zealand Sevens team than Super Rugby. On this occasion his experience playing the seven-man code came handy as he burned down the sideline to score this long-range effort.
5. Warrick Gellant (Bulls)
Warrick Gellant of the South African franchise Bulls comes in at number five turning this defender inside-out on the way to a five-pointer.
4. Digby Ioane (Crusaders)
One of the best moments of the Tens last year was seeing Digby Ioane score this stunner against his old team the Reds on his old stomping ground. Ioane showed he can still be as explosive as his younger self. Ioane opted out of returning to the Crusaders for a second year but will be back at the Tens with his Japanese club Panasonic.
3. James Tuttle (Reds)
James Tuttle was rewarded for his support line running on this long-range try by the home team Reds. Like every good halfback, Tuttle was there to take the glory after James Slipper, Eto Nabuli and Samu Kerevi linked up over 90 metres.
2. Shaun Stevenson (Chiefs)
Chiefs breakout star Shaun Stevenson helped the side win the inaugural Tens in 2017, and the winger picked up the MVP of the tournament after he made runs like this all weekend. Stevenson just about beats the whole Bulls team after slicing through the defence on halfway.
1. Ben Gunter (Panasonic Wild Knights)
Few outside of Brisbane will know much about Ben Gunter. The hulking Number 8 attended local rugby nursery Brisbane Boys College before taking up an opportunity to trial in Japan with the Wild Knights. In his hometown, Gunter finished off this sporadic movement of passing for the top try of the 2017 Tens.
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