Wallabies get sold the strangest dummy of all time
On the way to suffering their biggest ever defeat to Argentina on Saturday at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, Australia conceded what will go down as one of the strangest tries in recent memory.
The try was scored by Pumas centre Jero de la Fuente in the first half, but what made it so interesting is the way he beat both Nic White and James O’Connor on the way to the try line.
The 31-year-old broke the line inside the Wallabies’ 22, but looked as though he was going to be closed down by both White and O’Connor, who were rushing towards him from either side. Just before the half backs reached him though, the centre pulled off one of the craftiest tricks ever seen in rugby by pulling up with a hamstring injury.
Both Wallabies immediately stopped their runs, which obviously caused de la Fuente’s eyes to light up as he darted through the gap and bundled his way over the line.
This was not faked by de la Fuente, he did genuinely pull his hamstring and was soon replaced by Lucio Cinti, but he managed to find a new lease of life just to make those final few metres for a try. If you’re going to pull a hamstring, at least scoring a try in the process softens the blow.
Take a look:
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