In another attempt to bring the beauty of rugby to the world I give you: acrobatics.
New South Wales Waratahs back Adam Ashley-Cooper chased a kick down, but could not put the brakes on quick enough to avoid jumping over the advertising hoardings and so did what came naturally to him. It turns out that what came naturally to him was to flip over the boards, land on his feet and jog back into the game as if nothing had happened.
This game was played under a beating Sydney sun and was one of the games of the day in the Southern Hemisphere’s premier club rugby competition, the Super 15. This is widely regarded to be the quickest, most skilled and most exciting competition in rugby union. It calls upon five provincial franchises from each of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
This game was eventually won by the Waratahs, but the team they faced, the Natal Sharks of South Africa, gave as good as they got and both teams put on fast, entertaining, attacking rugby. The final score was 34-30 and the fans were treated to a lot of action, but, hey, who doesn’t like watching sport on a beautiful, sunny afternoon?
It also helps that Australian commentators may be the most enthusiastic on planet Earth…
As an aside, Ashley-Cooper was an ever-present for Australia in the last Rugby World Cup, with the Wallabies going all the way to the Semi-Finals but losing to the eventual winners, and their arch rivals, the New Zealand All Blacks. They lost 6-20. They are geared up for more international action this summer, once their Super 15 commitments are over.