Leinster flyhalf Ian Madigan scored the sneakiest of tries to help the Irish powerhouse side to a 24-11 win over Ulster in the Guinness Pro12 at the weekend. It’s been called the oldest trick in the book, but somehow he executed it well enough to drive over.
It was a bit of a turning point in the match, as Leinster had the penalty and a possible shot at goal, but they turned it down and opted for a kick at a 5m lineout instead.
He all but kicked it, and at the last minute took the tap and despite the attention of two big forwards, managed to wriggle over for a well taken, albeit risky, try.
“I think it is good to have guys who want to be a little bit different,” said forwards coach Leo Cullen.
“The greatest player of all time (Brian O’Driscoll) has just retired and he was prepared to try things. You have to be ballsy to try things and it came off for Mads.”
The Leinster legend himself approved:
“When it comes off its brilliant, when it doesn’t it’s terrible,” added Cullen.
“Mads has no problem making those decisions. He’s brave and, at times, he can be a bit of a maverick, for sure. But he is such a quality player and he is working his ass off for the team and to be better himself.
“As long as you get that from your players, that is all you can ask for really,” said Cullen.
View official highlights from the match on page two here