Do Not Sell My Personal Information
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump RugbyDump
Wednesday Sep 30, 2020

Russell explains sensational semi winning try that featured 'best 13 on the planet'

Russell explains sensational semi winning try that featured 'best 13 on the planet'

Finn Russell was rightly lauded for his delicate chip and pass which allowed Juan Imhoff to score what turned out to be the match-winning try in last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-final victory over Saracens in Paris.

ADVERTISEMENT

The exuberant fly-half had endured something of a quiet game up until his 74th minute moment of genius, but spoke at length post-match about how the try came about.

Speaking to French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique, Russell said: “Virimi saw some space between the defensive line and their full-back (Elliot Daly). For once, their 9 (Richard Wigglesworth) was on the wing and wasn’t covering.

“I chipped, Virimi caught the ball, beat a defender, gave me the ball back and Juan scored. It’s as simple as that.”

Asked whether he had spoken to Vakatawa about the move, Russell replied: “No, he called me and asked me to kick, which I did.”

Russell is one of the five players nominated for the EPCR Player of the Year alongside Vakatawa, and was quick to praise his Fijian-French team-mate.

ADVERTISEMENT

“He is the best 13 on the planet, there’s no debate about that. The faster we get the ball wide to guys like Virimi, Teddy Thomas or Simon Zebo, the better.”

It’s a well worn cliché that Russell and the rest of the Racing 92 team are mavericks and that they deploy an openness and typical French “jouez, jouez” style without structure.

As Russell explained to Midi however, this was far from the case, and the tight nature of the semi-final on Saturday was clear proof that the flamboyant style was only brought out when required, and in calculated fashion.

“In these kinds of games, you only get one or two opportunities to pull off this sort of move. You can’t do it too early [in the match], in the risk of removing the surprise effect. For 60 minutes, we just played, played, played. When we decided to chip over the top, Saracens didn’t expect it.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Saturday was the first time I played in a European semi-final, it was a new experience. Let’s be clear: the Champions Cup is the best club competition in the worlds, all the teams want to win it. If we win the final in Bristol, it would be an immeasurable joy.”

Watch the try with French commentary below

You can also watch a nice analysis of the try here

Related Articles

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate...

  • 18 WEEKS AGO

    'Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Aaron Smith left red faced as speedy opposite number steals a bullet behind the line

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Every Louis Rees-Zammit try in the Premiership so far

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Toulouse run the length to score awesome late try in Top 14 classic

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Wallabies legend Ashley-Cooper shows class in MLR with cheeky shoulder pass

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Hogg collects his own 60-metre spiral kick to score amazing solo try

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 11 HOURS AGO

    Brutal breakdown stamping in 2003 shows just how much the game has changed in two decades

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Matu'u bemused by his ban after footage shows latest unpunished Owen Farrell shot

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Du Preez explains thought process after dominating prop in tip tackle that went wrong

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Prop suspended for 3 weeks after flying shoulder makes contact square in the face

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    WATCH: Aaron Smith's captain's referral turned down after swinging arm collision

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 11 HOURS AGO

    WATCH: Brown further opens up on events leading to surprise Harlequins departure

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The most iconic pieces of rugby commentary in brilliant 7-minute montage

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    'It's part of our culture' says Haka performing South African university team

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Petrus du Plessis video of son's dominant scrum shows signs of potential future star

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: JP Doyle puts MLR players in their place with authoritative return to refereeing

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    WATCH: Comedy gold as close range 'falcon' gifts Brumbies try in Super Rugby AU match

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Lions coaching staff announcement elicits some amused responses from fans

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Comedy gold as Toronto lock attempts clearance kick in MLR match featuring Matt Giteau and Adam Ashley-Cooper

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: 135kg prop lines up swan dive from 20 metres out... then re-thinks

View All

Amateur

  • 25 WEEKS AGO

    Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD BLITZ - Disaster, just when it looked so promising...

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not

  • 62 WEEKS AGO

    RD Blitz - PROP'S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try

View All

Player Features

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to 'outlier' football

  • 15 WEEKS AGO

    Tuisova's wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro

  • 21 WEEKS AGO

    New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class

  • 22 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds

View All
Russell explains sensational semi winning try that featured 'best 13 on the planet' | RugbyDump - Rugby News & Videos