Reds undoubtedly wrap up Super Rugby try of the season with 100 metre epic
It may not be clear who is going to win the Super Rugby Pacific title this season, but one thing is for certain- the Reds secured the try of the season on Friday against the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Finished by lock Jake Upfield, the try started 100 metres away and he has plenty of players to thank. It is hard to know what was the best part of this sensational try- No8’s Harry Wilson’s perfect line to slice through the Highlanders’ defence from his own line, his cheeky dummy which completely fooled fullback Mitch Hunt, James O’Connor bouncing Freddie Burns then producing a one handed offload to keep the ball in the field of play, or even the slick hands at the end to put Upfield in for the try. If any team scores a better try than that in the final weeks of the season it would be a huge surprise.
This was a try to give the visitors a 14-0 lead in what was Aaron Smith’s final ever game in Super Rugby at his home stadium. Ahead of the match, head coach Clarke Dermody was full of praise for his No9.
“He’s been leading our team around the park for the last decade or so and he epitomises everything that a professional player should be – always prepared, highly skilled, competitive, and passionate about his team,” Dermody said on the Highlanders’ website. “He deserves all the recognition he gets, and he has worked very hard for it. Knowing Aaron, he will treat it like any other week, go through his routines, preparing accurately and give it his best on the night. I know I won’t be alone in reflecting on his enormous contribution to rugby in our region as his last home game comes to an end.”
Take a look at the try:
HARRY WILSON!?! 🔥🔥
— Stan Sport Rugby (@StanSportRugby) May 26, 2023