Monday, 12 June 2017
Moment of the weekend...
Amidst a seriously good weekend of rugby for British & Irish teams - a morale-boosting Lions win against the Crusaders, plus victories for England, Scotland and Ireland - one moment in particular caused me to jump up from my seat and punch the air.
In the 45th minute of what was a pulsating game in San Juan, three Argentinian defenders were so bamboozled by a sublime 'show and go' from Henry Slade (straight out of the Total Flanker handbook, I'd like to think), that the England centre was able to stroll through the gap subsequently created and casually roll a grubber kick into the corner where Mike Brown and Jonny May had time for an "after you, sir," "no, after you, I insist" conversation before May dabbed down to claim the try.
This blog has made no secret of its admiration for the skills of young Mr Slade and hopes that moments like this - a superb piece of skill to grace what was a fantastic game of rugby - will have persuaded Eddie Jones that Slade has to be a part of Jones' plans going forward to Japan in 2019.