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Thursday Mar 28, 2013

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

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


  • smilingjim
    8:33 PM 02/04/2013

    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.

  • juggernauter
    6:46 PM 31/03/2013

    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

  • johndoe
    5:09 PM 29/03/2013

    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.

  • 3:24 PM 29/03/2013

    Fortune favors the brave

  • ajb
    1:55 PM 29/03/2013

    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

  • mise
    3:06 AM 29/03/2013

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

  • stroudos
    10:01 PM 28/03/2013

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

  • browner
    8:44 PM 28/03/2013

    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 !

  • clearly
    8:29 PM 28/03/2013

    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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