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WATCH: Reliving Waratahs prop shows elite pace in long range try

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Wednesday Jan 3, 2024

In a dazzling display of skill and speed that only a front-row forward could display, Waratahs proper Eva Karpani stole the spotlight at the SCG in her team’s 2023 clash with the Melbourne Rebel, showcasing a sensational 60-meter runaway effort that left spectators in awe.

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The then defending champions, New South Wales (NSW), dominated the Rebels with an impressive 67 – 10 victory, but it was Karpani’s outstanding performance that had everyone talking.

Olympic gold medallist Chloe Dalton, commenting on Stan Sport, described Karpani’s try as “just exceptional” and proclaimed it the standout moment of the game. Despite Mahalia Murphy’s remarkable feat of scoring five tries, Karpani’s breathtaking run overshadowed even her scintillating form.

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A week prior, it was Bridie O’Gorman who went viral with her athletic five-pointer against the Force, but Karpani’s 60-meter sprint added a new level of excitement. Wallabies legend Tim Horan expressed his admiration, stating, “I think it’s better; she’s earned a soft drink after this game. She has run 60 meters.”

Despite their exceptional form, the Waratahs would eventually face a narrow defeat in the semi-final against the eventual champions, Fijian Drua, but the memory of Karpani’s remarkable run would undoubtedly linger as a highlight of their season.

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