It was a year of soaring highs and calamitous lows for Australian rugby. The 2014 Super XV season represented a watershed campaign. The Waratahs finished top of the ladder before securing a euphoric maiden title with an epic final triumph over the Crusaders; the Brumbies finished fourth before eliminating two-time defending champs the Chiefs in the qualifying final, eventually going down to the Waratahs in the semis; and the Force went within a whisker of their maiden finals appearance, with only a final-round loss to the Brumbies denying them a spot in the top six.
It was a less satisfactory year at international level – after trouncing France 3-0 in June and earning a 12-all draw with the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship opener, the Wallabies sunk to disappointing away losses to New Zealand and South Africa, before imploding as a result of the Kurtley Beale-Di Patston-Ewen McKenzie saga that contributing to an embarrassing defeat in Argentina. On the Northern Hemisphere tour, a gritty win over Wales was cancelled out by three straight losses to France, Ireland and England.
The inaugural National Rugby Championship was also staged, providing a new domestic pathway for Australia’s rising rugby talent.
Australian teams produced some of the most dazzling tries of 2014 on the international stage and in the Super Rugby competition.
This outstanding top 10 has been compiled to showcase the best attacking efforts of the year by our 15-a-side stars, including Test tries by Nick Cummins, Nick Phipps, Rob Horne and Adam Ashley-Cooper; a pair of touchdowns to Waratahs superstar Israel Folau, another to the ‘Honey Badger’ while playing for the Force and Bernard Foley’s semi-final stunner for the ’Tahs; and sparkling NRC efforts by Dave Feltscheer (North Harbour Rays) and Junior Laloifi (Brisbane City).