All Black wonder wing Rieko Ioane and deputy scrum-half TJ Perenara have been brushing up on their rugby history ahead of their clash with the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday.
The pair sat down and watched the try scored by Welsh legend Gareth Edwards against the All Blacks in 1973, which has been touted as ‘the greatest try ever’.
The video begins with Perenara giving 20-year-old Ioane a wee lesson on All Black legends as Ioane fails to identify scrum-half Sid Going.
Going puts up an up-and-under and the return run by the BaaBaas fullback is cut short by a near decapitation by the All Black hooker. Perenara, with typical Kiwi understatement blows his whistle saying, ‘that’s a high shot, bro. You can’t do that.’
The All Blacks surge forward after a centering kick by Bryan Williams, but are left grasping for air as Phil Bennett beats three defenders with some magical sidestepping and John Williams manages to send the Barbarians backline on the attack despite being clobbered by his opposing wing in another high shot.
The Barbarians storm over the halfway line and two miracle passes and an injection of pace sees scrum-half Gareth Edwards beat the All Black cover defence and scorch over the tryline in the corner.
Cue some deadpan Kiwi humour from Perenara and Ioane:
Perenara: “Oooh, see that’s how 9s finish, bro.”
Ioane: “I wish we had a 9 like that.”
Perenara: “Honestly, bro. I reckon wingers could take a leaf out of his book, bro.”
Ioane: “See, that’s speed.”
Perenara: “I know a 9 who can finish like that.”
Ioane: “There’s one or two…”
Perenara: “There’s one or two of us (laughter).”
Both Ioane and Perenara are expected to be involved in the upcoming Barbarians game so perhaps the bragging rights on whether wingers or scrum-halves make better finishers will be settled on Saturday.
Let’s hope for his sake, Perenara didn’t put his money where his mouth is because in just ten games, Ioane has already overtaken Perenara’s total of eight tries in 39 games.
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