Wales kept their Championship hopes alive as they beat Ireland in a Six Nations classic. The game was a close fought and extremely physical affair with the home side putting in a masterclass in defence, but early on it was the Welsh attack that shocked Ireland the most.
Within the first five minutes some quick ball was accompanied by a skilful pass from Dan Biggar and just like that, Wales were on attack and Jonathan Davies found Johnny Sexton in front of him.
With eyes locked on the Irish ten, the Welsh powerhouse, whilst barely breaking stride, proceeded to plant a solid palm into Sexton’s ribcage, sending him airborne.
To Sexton’s credit he was straight back to his feet immediately, back in the defensive line, but even if his body absorbed the blow, there’s no denying it must have dented the pride of such a ferociously competitive player.
As we learned recently with the All It Takes short film, Sexton relentlessly strives to be the best.
Davies’ hand off is reminiscent of a Sonny Bill Williams fend whilst playing for Canterbury a few years back, but was perhaps not quite as dramatic as Dean Mumm’s monster hand-off on Marcel Coetzee, both of which can be seen on page two of this post.
We’ve also added a few more must see fends and hand-offs in the Related Posts below this