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Andrew Conway Reveals What Went Through His Mind During Epic Toulon Try

It will take a well-deserved place on the list of all-time epic European Cup moments that have graced Thomond Park over the years – the 76th minute try by Andrew Conway against Toulon just over two weeks ago.

The various levels of skill which Conway executed in that passage of play was incredibly impressive; keeping his feet in touch, catching a ball over his head, having the awareness to spot the space ahead of him and of course, using searing speed and agility to dance his way through the Toulon defence.

Conway faced the media today for the first time since that incredible moment which sent the famous Limerick venue into raptures and it was put to him that nobody would be sitting in the room interviewing him if it was not for that try which secured passage to the semi-finals.

“Yeah, it’s one of those ones…It was a good moment as I was saying to one of the guys it would mean a whole lot more if we win this weekend and have a final to play in so it was great but it was a few weeks gone back now and there’s another challenge ahead,” Conway said.

The journalists in the room were desperate to know what was going through his mind as he decided to pluck the ball from the air and set on his way towards the Toulon line.

“Nothing really [went] through my mind! It’s like anything in rugby, you catch a ball and a picture unfolds in front of ya…if you’re thinking about it, the time isn’t going to be there to actually execute something.

“So I can watch it back and see what you were probably thinking there but the only thing I know is that I was thinking ‘will I catch it or will I not?’ because it was close. I’ve done a lot of work with my high ball stuff over the last few years so I knew my feet were in play and I said I would have a crack at it.

“Their chase line probably isn’t what they hoped it would be, there’s a lot of factors to that – the time of the match, the intensity of the game, how hard their forwards had to work for dominance…so they knock off for five seconds or whatever it is, an opportunity presents itself and hopefully, you can just take it.”

Conway enjoyed some game time against the Cheetahs on Friday night after having the Southern Kings game off so he should be raring to go this weekend as the southern province look to secure their place in a first European Cup final since 2008.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email or on Twitter

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