Tuesday Feb 21, 2012 Geordan Murphy sinks Saracens with late drop goal at Vicarage Road

Geordan Murphy sinks Saracens with late drop goal at Vicarage Road
6
Comments

Leicester Tigers pulled of an incredible last minute win over Saracens at Vicarage Road on Sunday, beating them 20-19 thanks to a dropgoal by Geordan Murphy after 26 phases of play. It was Saracens’ first defeat at home in over a year. 

As Toby Flood considered the dropkick while the forwards built the perfect platform, skipper Murphy sensed it was his duty to take control as he stepped into position. As you can see in the video below, he took responsibility and landed it perfectly, despite it being a wobbly old kick.

The 33 year old Irishman’s kick kept Leicester’s Aviva Premiership play-off hopes alive, and says that the win was all about their desire, something they focussed on during the week.

“We spoke about a few things after the loss at Exeter. The boys responded well,” said Murphy.

“It was incredibly difficult to keep hold of the ball for 26 phases at the end of the Sarries game, but we really wanted it and it was great to be part of a Tigers team that wants to win for each other so much. Our reaction at the end of the game showed what it meant to the guys.

“After they had gone ahead with two minutes left, we got the ball back under our own sticks and many teams would have capitulated from there, 90 metres out. But we came up, fought our way up the field and I can’t speak highly enough of the forwards, they won the game for us.”

Coach Richard Cockerill was full of praise for Murphy though, especially after the week’s goings on.

“Geordan was instrumental in leading the talk after last week. He spoke a few home truths to the lads who are new to the squad and don’t understand what Leicester is built on. It was pretty apt that he kicked the drop goal, because he’s done what Leicester greats do and that’s lead from the front.”

6 Comments

  •  nathan
    nathan

    his captain said he wanted it..... You going to tell your caption to bugger off? didnt think so!

    Reply
  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    1:24 final whistle = intro to House of Pain - Jump Around.

    Reply
  •  denisosulli
    denisosulli

    Nice to see Toby Flood having the balls to step up to take the kick!

    Reply
  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Oh and NO WAY was that a yellow card...

    Reply
  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Should never really have stopped playing for Ireland... I'd still pick him over a few of the starting Irish players now...

    Reply
  •  stubby
    stubby

    Not a pretty kick but hey if it goes over who gives a ^%$& how ugly it was

    Reply

Great Tries

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

View All

See It To Believe It

View All

Funnies

View All

Training Videos

View All

Player Features

View All
Geordan Murphy sinks Saracens with late drop goal at Vicarage Road | RugbyDump