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Vodafone Rugby Play Of The Week As Voted For By You

Vodafone Rugby Play Of The Week As Voted For By You

It may not surprise anyone that the nominees for the Vodafone rugby play of the weekend were loaded with plays from the Ireland victory in Chicago.

We presume we won't be accused of any overt bias in that regard.

Reece Hodge's try against Wales in Cardiff, which culminated in the centre jogging over after a delightful move, did sufficiently excite Irish rugby supporters. It secured a disappointing 0% in our poll. It won't even get its deposit back.

Luke Morahan's try for the Baa Baa's avoided that fate, racking up 4%. Morahan, for those who don't remember, finished off a sumptuous team move in the corner against the South Africans.

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Moving to events at Soldier Field, CJ Stander's early try, reminiscent of Brian O'Driscoll's famous burrowing efforts in the 2009 Grand Slam year, put Ireland 15-8 ahead, and finished third in the poll on 7%.

With the remaining 89% of the vote up for grabs, two plays from the Irish display in Soldier Field were in the running.

Beaten into second spot was Simon Zebo's spectacularly athletic take halfway through the second half. It was a breathtaking moment which showcased one of Ireland's primary strengths under Joe Schmidt. We are the kings of the sky since 2014.

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But the winner, securing an overall majority of the vote was Conor Murray's decisive tackle on Savea behind the New Zealand try line. The Irish players were coming up at the New Zealand winger in a swarm but it was Murray's who accelerated at the no. 11, preventing him from booting the ball to safety. It was a match-winning tackle, teeing up the five metre scrum from which Ireland secured the winning try.

 

 

Conor Neville
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