Ireland scores sensational NFL touchdown against Springboks

By Rugby Assault

Never let forward passes get in the way of a good try. That seemed to be the message from Ireland’s game against the Springboks on Saturday.

Mack Hansen scored Ireland’s second try against the world champions at the Aviva Stadium, but Twitter crashed in the aftermath, and for good reason. The try came from a turnover, where the hosts were able to move the ball quickly down the other flank, with many players showing their hands. Two of them were props Andrew Porter and Finlay Bealham, but the move from the former to the latter proved quite contentious. Bealham was standing in front of Porter when the pass was thrown, which is a pretty good indication of the direction of the pass. However, nothing has been verified.

Even then, Jimmy O’Brien’s pass to Hansen for the tryout was also suspicious. Again, this has not been verified either.

Watch and decide for yourself:

Ireland squad
H Keenan (Leinster); R Baloucoune (Ulster), G Ringrose (Leinster), S McCloskey (Ulster), M Hansen (Connacht); J Sexton (Leinster, captain) C Murray (Munster); A Porter (Leinster), D Sheehan (Leinster), T Furlong (Leinster), T Beirne (Munster), J Ryan (Leinster), P O’Mahony (Munster), J Van Der Flier (Leinster), C Doris (Leinster) ).

Substitutes: R Herring (Ulster), C Healy (Leinster), F Bealham (Connacht), K Treadwell (Ulster), J Conan (Leinster), J Gibson-Park (Leinster), J Carbery (Munster), J O’Brien ( Leinster).

Springbok squad
15 – Cheslin Kolbe (Toulon) – 20 selections, 50 pts (10t)
14 – Kurt-Lee Arendse (Vodacom Bulls) – 3 selections, 10 pts (2t)
13 – Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles) – 56 selections, 60 pts (12 t)
12 – Damian de Allende (Wild Knights) – 66 selections, 45 pts (9t)
11 – Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks) – 33 selections, 110 pts (22 t)
10 – Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers) – 23 caps, 19 pts (1t, 4c, 2p)
9 – Jaden Hendrikse (Cell C Sharks) – 10 caps, 12 pts (2t, 1c)
8 – Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers) – 18 caps, 5 pts (1t)
7 – Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz) – 64 selections, 15 pts (3t)
6 – Siya Kolisi (captain, Cell C Sharks) – 71 caps, 35 pts (7t)
5 – Lood de Jager (Wild Knights) – 64 caps, 25 pts (5t)
4 – Eben Etzebeth (Cell C Sharks) – 106 selections, 15 pts (3t)
3 – Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers) – 54 selections, 5 pts (1t)
2 – Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears) – 55 selections, 65 pts (13t)
1 – Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers) – 67 caps, 5 pts (1t)

Replacements:
16 – Bongi Mbonambi (Cell C Sharks) – 52 selections, 55 pts (11t)
17 – Ox Nche (Cell C Sharks) – 15 caps, 0 pts
18 – Vincent Koch (independent) – 38 selections, 0 pts
19 – Franco Mostert (Honda Heat) – 59 caps, 10 pts (2t)
20 – Deon Fourie (DHL Stormers) – 3 caps, 0 pts
21 – Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs) – 27 caps, 15 pts (3t)
22 – Faf de Klerk (Canon Eagles) – 42 selections, 25 pts (5t)
23 – Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz) – 79 selections, 65 pts (13t)

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