Leicester Tigers continued their strong recent form in Premiership Rugby yesterday, securing their third consecutive victory with a 48-27 win over Bath.
It was a game they would have been expected to win against the league's bottom-placed side, with the result never really looking in doubt. The home side were the better side throughout, although they did benefit from a rather fortuitous try late in the contest.
Leicester Tigers score strange GAA-style try
While kicking is becoming an increasingly large part of rugby, the try that Leicester scored yesterday is something you won't see very often.
The rules related to open play kicking are fairly straightforward. Only a player who is stood behind the kicker can contest the kick, with anyone ahead of the play having to move out of the way and not become involved until the next phase.
However, yesterday provided an exception to this rule.
As Charlie Atkinson attempted to make a clearing kick from inside his own 22, he was charge down by an opposition player. The ball would actually touch the opponent, meaning the usual kicking rules no longer applied.
It meant that the Leicester players stood in the other half of the pitch were now allowed to go for the ball, with Mike Scott picking it up before Harry Wells made his way across the line soon after.
The try was more reminiscent of something you would see in a Gaelic football match as opposed to rugby. You can watch the try below.
Always good when a training move comes off in a game… 😬 pic.twitter.com/JHaEHyYqol
— Leicester Tigers (@LeicesterTigers) March 4, 2023
A strange one. The law states any player can compete for a kick once the ball has touched a member of the opposition team.
This result moved Leicester Tigers into the top four in the league, while Bath remained rooted to the foot of the table.
We imagine that we could be waiting quite some time to see another try such as this one in a top level game.