Gareth Edwards’s try is rugby’s crowning glory. It was rugby In excelsis a magical template that each succeeding generation can only try and emulate. It may have been perfection but chasing perfection is still worthwhile. You can achieve great things on the way even if, ultimately, you fail in your objective.
Every time you watch a defender field the ball running backwards near his own line, don’t you secretly hope for a replay of that miraculous counter-attack initiated by Phil Bennett and finished with such a flourish by “that fellow Edwards”?
You rehearse in your mind what could be and many of the players out there feel exactly the same. They soil chase that moment of perfection, and though very few come close, the rugby romantic is far from dead.
The Barbarians versus the New Zealand All Blacks:
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