Chris Rattue is a sports columnist for the New Zealand Herald.

A brief history of crazy tries and moves

Australia attempt a flying V set play against the All Blacks in 1978.
Australia attempt a flying V set play against the All Blacks in 1978.

Bulldogs league forward Tony Williams added to football's Hall of Hilarity this week. The giant Williams managed to make a whacky forward pass to himself in creating a try against the Dragons. We check out six of the craziest footy moves in history, either planned or not so.

1) Trench warfare

A classic out of the play book of Daryl Haberecht, the king of ingenious moves. The New South Wales Country coach got wing Dwayne Vignes to run over the top of a scrum against the 1989 Lions. Two years in the planning, the move was called Gallipoli - as in 'over the top'. The ref ruled out the try, penalised Vignes, then reversed it for the rough treatment he got from the angry Lions. Vignes told the Newcastle Herald: "We all had a laugh about it at the after-match function. (Lions) Scott Hastings reckoned I was crazy. They were fun times."

2) Down but not out for the count

Wales, trailing by 0 - 33, went for the 13-man lineout option against the All Blacks at Cardiff in 2012. This turned into a 14 man maul, and it worked with back Scott Williams being shoved over for a try. Welsh coach Warren Gatland had pulled the same move previously when in charge of Ireland.

3) Head games

St Helens' coach Mike McClennan, the former Kiwi fullback, designed a move whereby the two metre John Harrison headed the ball over the line for George Mann to score in an early 1990s English club league game. It led to a rule change, spoil sports.

4) Wrapping the ball up

The great Georgian forward Mamuka Gorgodze tore ball and jersey off a Spanish opponent, and passed this unusual parcel to a team mate in a 2008 game in Tbilisi.

5) V for...not victory

Another Haberecht special and a playground favourite. The Wallabies went into a mysterious V formation at a tap penalty, and then scattered in all directions. It didn't work too well, but as commentator Keith Quinn noted, it was an historic moment for test rugby. (1h 17m)

6) Kick trick

Lima Sopoaga turned heads when he hooked the ball over his head to set up a Highlanders attack against the Hurricanes last month.

- NZ Herald

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