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Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht

Jonny May starts and finishes brilliant length of the field try against Connacht
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Gloucester scored twice in extra time to beat Connacht 40-32 in a thrilling European Champions Cup playoff match. The Irish side led with a minute left to play, but Gloucester took the game to extra time, then Jonny May settled it with a brilliant 75-meter try.

With 40 seconds left in the match Connacht led 25-18. The Man of the Match was chosen, and the commentary team spoke in jest about going to extra time. Referee Romain Poite then made a huge call, penalising Connacht when it looked like Gloucester were infringing.

A try followed, as Billy Meakes danced his way through despite calls of obstruction, leaving Connacht coach Pat Lam scratching his head. “That try [by Meakes] looked like a block to us but the TMO ruled against and you’ve got to live with those tough calls.”

Greg Laidlaw converted the try and the sides were taken to Extra Time at 25-25.

Connacht scored a try in the 92nd minute through Matt Healy, before Gloucester drove over the line to take a 33-32 lead with five minutes left.

From the kickoff the wise thing to do would have been to hang on to the ball, or pump it downfield, but it landed in the arms of Jonny May, and he felt like having a bit of a run.  

May’s dazzling footwork allowed him to beat no less than four players, before linking with Billy Twelvetrees who fed Meakes and then got the return ball back, then fed May on the inside for an outstanding try and the killer blow that drove the nail in the coffin for Connacht.

“I don’t know where that came from,” said May post match. “I’m seeing stars. I’m so exhausted, but you just find the energy. It’s just a case of getting the ball and running into space and trying not to think.”

Gloucester’s director of rugby, David Humphreys, said that May should have kicked it out, but his natural instinct took over and that’s what makes him such a valuable player.

“The instruction was to kick the ball out but Jonny just does what he does. A fantastic try. Every great team needs X-factor players and Jonny gives us and England that X-factor.

“It was a moment of individual brilliance for a remarkable try. I have run out of superlatives for him, he’s an X factor player and if England want to win a World Cup, I think it would be very hard for them to leave him out.”

The victory sets up a Champions Cup play-off final against Bordeaux-Begles in Worcester on May 31st. The winners of that game will secure the final Champions Cup spot.

EXTRA: See post match interviews with May, Twelvetrees and Humphreys

7 Comments

  •  drg
    drg
    12:35 PM 31/05/2015

    I hope he picks Ford over Farrell! I think Ford has the appearance of someone who is focussed on getting on with the game and in an interesting creative manner.

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  •  danknapp
    danknapp
    5:24 PM 27/05/2015

    The problem is that this won't cut it at the top level. The fitness there is another level. A great try, but not one I'm keen to see him attempt to recreate for England.

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  •  dancarter
    dancarter
    4:28 PM 27/05/2015

    I have no problem with May running sideways if that is where the space is to set up the counter attack. The poor defence was down to fatigue I think, which affects Gloucester as well as Connacht.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos
    2:27 PM 27/05/2015

    Shit! Did you see that!? That was liquid rugby! But yeah, doesn't get involved enough, has made a couple of defensive howlers and even a lot of his attacking play for England has been very predictable - I've only seen him really back himself once. Most other times he seems to hesitate before telegraphing a step infield - that Esposito off Italy worked out that move to beautiful effect (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kw6OoKStPhg).

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  •  flanker2712
    flanker2712
    2:18 PM 27/05/2015

    As an Irishman, I was disappointed for Connacht. But... That try is just a joy to watch. I find it remarkably similar to the famous Baa-Baas try against NZ, just a modern day version (complete with premature celebration!). The dummy by May to beat the last man before he passes is something else.

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  •  ajm1985
    ajm1985
    12:28 PM 27/05/2015

    It's hotter than the sun! Also agree re May. He's very frustrating for England and doesn't get involved enough.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos
    12:15 PM 27/05/2015

    Lovely stuff. Not my words, but those of Shakin Stevens... * Frustrating player, May. Frankly I think to date he's been awful in an England shirt, yet he's capable of pulling awesomeness like this out of the bag. And, lest we forget, he's done it against the best team in the world. So if you're Stuart Lancaster, do you include him just in case he delivers such a moment of brilliance at a similarly crucial moment? Or go with someone more reliable? * Wondering if anyone is of the right comedy vintage to get that obscure reference...

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