Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Wasps came close to beating Toulouse in Pool Six of the Heineken Cup on the weekend, thanks in part to this try from David Lemi with 15 minutes left in the game. The try was a bit of a strange one as Lemi seemed to be ignored initially, so some of you wanted to see it again.
Lemi kicked the ball ahead and controlled it nicely after a neat chip from flyhalf Dave Walder, with the bounce not doing the Toulouse defence any favours. Lemi managed to ground the ball but referee George Clancy allowed play to continue on.
There was a few seconds there that were quite comical as Lemi celebrated then realised it wasn't awarded, so started appealing to Clancy frantically, who then shouted back that it would go to the TMO.
Its an interesting one as its not too often that a side runs the ball out after an attempt for a try has been made. Even then, Im sure some refs would have just blown the whistle and called for the tv replay instantly.
The French crowd and some of the players werent too impressed, but as the replays concluded, the try was actually scored and Lemi brought his side closer to a famous victory away from home. Unfortunately for them Walder missed a penalty late in the game that would have taken them in front.
"There's real disappointment in our changing room. We came here to win and didn't just come here to make up the numbers. It didn't matter what anyone else thought. There was enough belief within our side and we prepared well," said Wasps head coach Tony Hanks.
"There were some special moments such as David's try and the way we kept hold of the ball. And we were excellent in defence for the second week in a row but Toulouse are a quality side and they just kept coming at us.
"But I'm really proud of the players. What we need to make sure of that people aren't just talking about what we did in round one. We have to kick on next week because we still want to qualify from this pool," he added.
You can view a bunch of pics from the try, in sequence, here . What's your take on the try and the way it was handled? Opinions are clearly mixed.