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Friday Sep 29, 2017

Jack Goodhue's sneaky intercept sets up incredible Northland try

Northland beat Otago 32-20 in an entertaining Mitre 10 Cup match on Wednesday, with this try standing out as the most amusing we’ve seen for a while. It featured the ever impressive Jack Goodhue with a neat bit of play that is sure to bring a smile to your face.

Following a Peter Breen penalty, one of his six that contributed to his tally of 22 points on the night, Otago had a good chance to attack through dynamic left winger Jona Nareki.

The attack broke down as quickly as it started though, after Goodhue scampered back to make a sneaky intercept (possibly calling for the ball!) then turned around and streaked down field to set up an unlikely counter-attack.

As good as the acceleration and vision was, his one handed offload was equally impressive. Breen then fed fullback Solomona Alaimalo, who finished excellently for one of his two tries on the night.

Breen converted to complete a thrilling passage of play, and help towards the victory.

Otago left winger Nareki, who made that break, got his try after all, as he scored a consolation effort on full time to give the visitors a losing bonus point.

The win for Northland lifted them to equal second place on the Mitre 10 Cup Championship table. They are tied with Otago on 20 points, while Wellington sit pretty at the top of the table on 32.

With a short turnaround, Otago will have to face Wellington on Sunday afternoon.

View the try here and then just below that, highlights of some of the other great tries scored

Match Highlights:

credit: allblacks/rugbypass

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