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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ian Madigan chip from behind tryline and winning try vs Glasgow Warriors

Young flyhalf Ian Madigan starred at the RDS as Leinster beat Glasgow Warriors 22-17 in last weekend's RaboDirect PRO12 game. In the second half he pulled off a risky chip kick from behind his own try line, and he also scored a nicely taken try.   

Leinster fans have been crowing at the performance of 23-year-old Madigan, seen as the natural successor to star Jonny Sexton, who is leaving for Racing Metro at the end of the season.

Madigan picked up the Man of the Match for his showing against the Warriors, which included scoring all of Leinster's points and threatening in open play on regular occasion.

Glasgow scored two first half tries but Madigan's late converted try, and his five from five penalty kicks, proved the difference as Leinster cemented their place at the top of the PRO12 table.

"Ian is growing as a player all the time. He has an ability to change up and exploit gaps, particularly a soft shoulder on a forward if he sees an opportunity, coach Joe Schmidt told The Score.

"I know Ian well, he knows me well. I would be inclined to take the pressure off him and say, play what you see in front of you, play your natural game. Otherwise, you get players trying to force things and that's not a good mental state to approach a game," he added.

You can view a highlights wrap of the match here

Below is his Quade Cooper-esque chip from behind his tryline, and the try he scored later on

Posted at 6:07 pm | 14 comments

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Clearly March 28, 2013 8:29 pm

The commentators missed it but Owens (ref) clearly called 'still advantage' just before he chipped. He knew that it was a shot to nothing. A contrast to the boringly unambitious gits who attempt a drop goal when there's a penalty advantage in front of the posts.

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browner March 28, 2013 8:44 pm

Well spotted, but ............ it was only a knock on advantage , so kicking away possession was still risky - referee could have called advantage over at any time

- mind you, If he'd dropped a goal from there - now that would've been bloody impressive !

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Mitchell March 28, 2013 9:41 pm

I know times are hard for everyone, but Madigan only paying for half a haircut seems a bit excessive.

On another note, it's good to see another Irish 10 with potential.

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stroudos March 28, 2013 10:01 pm

Madigan's team-mates: "NOOOOOoooooooo...... ..Oh".

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Steve March 28, 2013 11:44 pm

Magical moment that could have gone so badly wrong, but didn't. Something we see all the time in attack, but hardly ever in defence like that. Makes the sport so entertaining and exciting to watch!

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chike22 March 29, 2013 2:50 am

It seems that the bounce of the ball from the chip was very fortuitous to Madigan. Although it paid off in the long run, I don't particularly see much praise in such a risky move that (for my mind) only worked well due to the bounce.

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mise March 29, 2013 3:06 am

after a couple of replays and I'll still struggling to follow his sidestep there for that try. V impressive.

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OlBigBear March 29, 2013 3:32 am

Audacious as the chip was and nice as the try was, the highlight of that clip for me was assuredly Tony Ward's pronunciation of "innovative".

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Cheis March 29, 2013 11:57 am

hey, lucky bounce and all is good, but his choice to chip there unnecessarily risky and badly executed..

Still I prefer running rugby to kicking for touch and guys like Quade Cooper and Carlos Spencer have done stuff like this over the years. It's awesome if it works out, but really this chip was horrible (apart from the bounce)

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johndoe March 29, 2013 5:09 pm

The bounce was lucky alright, but he had advantage. And what Madigan did would be the exact opposite of badly executed...

The chip wasn't horrible, it was brilliant but lucky.

Your sense of logic is bizarre.

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ajb March 29, 2013 1:55 pm

I know Schmidt said he wants Madigan to play his 'natural game', but he must have had his head in his hands on seeing him do that

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Canadian content March 29, 2013 3:24 pm

Fortune favors the brave

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Juggernauter March 31, 2013 5:46 pm

Now that D'Arcy and O'Driscoll look closer to retirement, I like the way a Sexton-Madigan-Marshall combo would look dor Ireland. Playing a second flyhalf at 12 would be something innovative as D'Arcy has been a through and through centre for a long time, but could add a dimension in attack for Ireland, and Marshall's ability to create and capitalise on breaks shouldn't go unnoticed to the future Ireland coach - let's hope it's Ewan Mckenzie

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smilingjim April 02, 2013 7:33 pm

I remember when Cipriani started playing for wasps, commentators and myself penciled him in as a star of international rugby for the next 10 years, I'm sure the same will happen to this guy, i'm english put I hope it does happen.

This really does show the benefits of star players of the home nations going to play in France or the southern hemishphere, I'm sure sexton will grow as a player, experianceing a new rugby culture and Madigan will benefit for the regular starts its a win win for Ireland.

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