Jordan Larmour’s electric performance against Italy at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday almost broke a long-standing record held by Israel Dagg.
Larmour scored three tries and set up another for Luke McGrath as he bamboozled the Italian defence with his superb footwork and breathtaking acceleration.
Those attributes allowed Larmour to make six linebreaks and beat 12 defenders throughout the 80-minute performance.
However, it’s when you look into the number of metres which the youngster made throughout the match which proves most impressive.
Larmour made 245 metres against Italy – the second highest metres gained by a Tier 1 player since records of this data began.
The man who holds the number one title? Israel Dagg.
245 – @IrishRugby's Jordan Larmour made 245 metres against Italy, the second highest gain by a tier one player in a Test match since Opta have recorded this data (Israel Dagg – 252m v Wales in June 2016). Electric. ☘️🔥 pic.twitter.com/r0ChwgYVdV
— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) November 5, 2018
Dagg made 252 metres against Wales when the All Blacks played Warren Gatland’s side in June 2016.
The 21-year-old looks likely to start again this weekend when Ireland take on Argentina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Rob Kearney is currently a major doubt for that game so it looks likely the St. Andrew’s College alumnus will come in to replace the long-standing fullback.