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Midweek Madness - The old ball in the jersey trick

BY Grant Constable  ·  Wednesday May 14, 2008

Midweek Madness - The old ball in the jersey trick

A few weeks back in the fiercely contested match between Georgia and Spain at the Tbilisi National Stadium in Georgia, there was a hilarious incident from the big Lelos lock, the likes of which has never been witnessed on the international stage I’m sure.

Last seen on the school playground, or perhaps even in your own backyard, the old hide the ball in the shirt and run with it trick is one that if done correctly, will cause confusion in the ranks of the opposition and earn you those much needed extra yards in your quest to head to the tryline.

This is a slight variation on sticking the ball up your own jersey, but just as effective if done properly, as you’ll see in this rare footage from the game that was played in front of an impressive attendance of over 20 000 people.

Georgia’s Mamuka Gorgodze made the tackle, grabbing hold of the Spanish fullbacks jersey, before ripping it off him, ball and all, and setting off downfield.

He got away with it for a fair while too, before making the pass to his teamate that was just too obvious and got spotted by the ref.

Georgia won the European Nations Cup with this 22-20 victory over Spain, and Gorgodze actually scored three tries in this match – although I’m told they were of the more tradtional variety.

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