It’s not rare to see a side defending their own line resort to desperate measures in order to prevent the opposition from scoring a try.
Usually, this results in a player illegally killing the ball at a ruck, coming into the ruck from the wrong side, tackling without wrapping the arms…and generally, the referee would spot this and award a penalty to the attacking team.
However, a match between Bay of Plenty and Counties in New Zealand’s Mitre 10 Cup threw up a new one for the books and it involved All Blacks’ sevens half-back, Augustine Pulu.
It was a tightly contested affair and the match ended in a thrilling 31-31 draw in Tauranga on Sunday. However, during the second half, when Counties were desperately defending their own tryline, Pulu decided to use a rather unorthodox method to help prevent Bay of Plenty from scoring.
We all know that a try is scored when the ball is grounded against the base of the padding surrounding the post. So Pulu decided to remove the padding to improve his side’s chances of preventing a score.
Check it out below.
The referee stopped the game but didn’t dish out a yellow card to Pulu. The game was restarted with a scrum to Bay of Plenty who scored off that setpiece when Jesse Parete went over.
The match finished 31-31 and leaves Counties second from bottom of the ‘Premiership’ – the top division of the competition.
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