Rugby Union: Five Nations highlights: The moments to savour

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Try of the tournament

A teaser, this. We can either waste hours weighing up the respective merits of 18 sublime French tries or give it up as a bad job and hand the accolade to someone else. Step forward, then, Matthew Perry of Bath and England. His try against Wales, inspirationally created by Will Greenwood and Jeremy Guscott, had more than a touch of, er, Gallic flair about it.

Tackle of the tournament

This one goes to Rob Appleyard, the Swansea flanker. On an afternoon when no Welsh back managed to lay a fingernail on Thomas Castaignede, let alone rattle his ribcage, Appleyard grounded him with a mighty hit after diligently tracking him across the Wembley greensward. Sadly, the Frenchman off-loaded the ball long before Appleyard connected with his windpipe. The result? A yellow card.

Touchfinder of the tournament

Richard Cockerill is not noted for his educated right peg - indeed, his colleagues sometimes wonder whether he has an educated anything - but England's hooker may soon displace Dave Alred as the red rose army's kicking guru. Having scored a first try against the Irish, he sent a spiralling celebratory shot into the umpteenth row of the north stand. Eat your heart out, Paul Grayson.

Comic moment of the tournament

Victor Costello's tap-tackle on Jeremy Guscott had Twickenham in fits. The Prince of Centres would surely have passed inside had Denis Hickie been steaming across field to cover his break, but 18st of Irish lard? Pah, easy meat. Unfortunately for Guscott, Big Vic had started his run somewhere near Chelsea Harbour and had finally reached top speed. How the flighty are fallen!

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