Reds go Upfield to attain strive of the season contender

Greater than 20 years earlier than the game turned skilled, Wales legend Gareth Edwards scored one of many biggest tries of all-time whereas enjoying for the Barbarians in 1973.


Then, 21 years later, France fullback Jean-Luc Sadourny famously scored ‘The Attempt from the Finish of the World’ to win an exhilarating Take a look at on the dying towards the All Blacks at Eden Park.

However let the historical past books present that on Might 26th, 2023, Reds alternative Jake Upfield might have scored the modern-day equal towards the Highlanders in Dunedin.

On an evening that can already go down in New Zealand Rugby historical past with legendary halfback Aaron Smith enjoying his last dwelling match in Highlanders colors, Queensland shot out of the blocks in red-hot kind.

Enjoying on the sacred turf at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Reds co-captain Liam Wright fought his method over for a strive contained in the opening 10 minutes – however went off instantly after.

After injuring himself whereas scoring the strive – it regarded like a wrist or an arm damage – Wright walked off with the inexperienced whistle in his mouth, and was changed by Jake Upfield.

Upfield was introduced on quite a bit sooner than he might have anticipated, however definitely seized the chance with each palms.

From virtually his personal try-line, Reds No. 8 Harry Wilson broke by the center of the Highlanders’ defensive position.

Wilson threw an outrageous dummy as he galloped down the park, and ended up operating about 50 metres earlier than getting the ball off to teammate James O’Connor.

O’Connor was met by a monstrous sort out from former England flyhalf Freddie Burns, however someway managed to remain in contact. The Wallaby obtained a ball off to halfback Tate McDermott, who created extra magic.


McDermott threw an excellent flick move to Josh Flook, and the ball went by one other two pair of palms – ending up with Upfield about 5 metres in need of the try-line.

Upfield had solely been on the sphere for 2 minutes, and ended up getting on the scoresheet with what would possibly simply find yourself being the strive of the Tremendous Rugby Pacific season.

It doesn’t get significantly better.

The strive helped the Reds race out to an early 14-nil lead, as they silenced a normally vibrant Dunedin crowd – a crowd hoping to farewell legendary halfback Aaron Smith in model.

However the Highlanders hit again, they needed to be the following staff to attain and so they have been.

Winger Jona Nareki crossed for his or her first factors within the 17th minute, and in-form backrower Hugh Renton added one other 10 minutes later.

However the Reds had the final say, with Wallaby winger Suliasi Vunivalu splitting two Highlanders defenders to walk over for the guests’ third strive of the night time.

Vunivalu’s strive was transformed by flyhalf Tom Lynagh, so the Reds went into the half-time sheds up 14-21 away from dwelling.