Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Ospreys put in a more convincing effort this past weekend as they clinched a crucial home victory over the Worcester Warriors at the Liberty Stadium. The four tries to one, 37-22 win puts themselves in reach for the EF Energy Cup semi finals.
Gavin Henson scored a nice try for the home side, but one of the moments of the match, and perhaps even the season, came from an unlikely source that is better known for the grunt work up front.
As the Ospreys threw it around, flyhalf James Hook found himself in space down the right wing, with what looked to be a fairly regulation canter down field for another try.
Young English prop Matt Mullan had other ideas though as he sprinted all of 50 yards to ultimately chase down and tackle Hook into touch. The covering forced Hook into tough, denying him the try, and made those at the ground and those watching live, stand up and take notice.
It was of Josh Lewsey on Jean De Villiers proportions, perhaps even better.
"That was a fantastic effort," said his coach, Mike Ruddock.
"I had a text message from an old front-row acquaintance of mine after the game, asking who the hell Matt Mullan might be. As a matter of fact, we've been talking about Matt as a potential England prop for some time now.
He's scrummaged well against Matt Stevens and Phil Vickery, and he is able to do so much more about the field, he is phenomenal. It was a fantastic effort. He made 18 tackles for us in a recent game. Not all of them like that one, mind you."
Note: This footage includes a nice try scored by Sam Tuitupou too, and then shows the Mullan try-saver. We'll try get a cleaner version soon if possible.