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112kg Bath flanker Hill skins England wing Feyi-Waboso over 50 metres

By Josh Raisey
Ted Hill of Bath Rugby runs in his team's second try as Immanuel Feyi-Waboso of Exeter Chiefs looks on during the Investec Champions Cup Round Of 16 match between Exeter Chiefs and Bath Rugby at Sandy Park on April 06, 2024 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Patrick Khachfe/Getty Images)

For a player that stands at 1.96 metres and weighs 112 kgs, Bath flanker Ted Hill showed to the rest of Europe that he can shift on Saturday.

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The two-cap England forward has always been known to have a freakish top speed, but few would have known he could gallop quite as well as he showed against Exeter Chiefs in the Investec Champions Cup round of 16 encounter at Sandy Park.

Playing a match in wildly tempestuous conditions, the 25-year-old took advantage of a swirling Bath box kick to pluck the ball out of the air at the halfway line. He then stampeded his way to the tryline from 50  metres out.

That achievement is impressive enough for a player of his side, but it is made all the more staggering by the fact that England winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso was in hot pursuit of him but could not catch up.

Now Feyi-Waboso does not need to prove what a speed merchant he is to anyone, so the fact that he could barely keep up with Hill over 50 metres says something about the Bath man’s top speed.

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Investec Champions Cup
Exeter Chiefs
21 - 15
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Bath
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In the Exeter star’s defence, he was turning while Hill had momentum after chasing the Bath kick while, but they more or less started from the same position and had a foot-race from the halfway line. But he could barely close the gap on the flanker 22kg heavier than him.

Take a look at the try:

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Exeter Chiefs: 1 Scott Sio, 2 Jack Yeandle, 3 Ehren Painter, 4 Rusi Tuima, 5 Dafydd Jenkins (c), 6 Ethan Roots, 7 Christ Tshiunza, 8 Ross Vintcent, 9 Tom Cairns, 10 Harvey Skinner, 11 Olly Woodburn, 12 Ollie Devoto, 13 Henry Slade, 14 Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, 15 Josh Hodge

Replacements: 16 Jack Innard, 17 Danny Southworth, 18 Marcus Street, 19 Lewis Pearson, 20 Greg Fisilau, 21 Stu Townsend, 22 Will Haydon-Wood, 23 Zack Wimbush

Bath Rugby: 1 Beno Obano, 2 Tom Dunn, 3 Thomas du Toit, 4 Quinn Roux, 5 Charlie Ewels, 6 Ted Hill, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Alfie Barbeary, 9 Ben Spencer (c), 10 Finn Russell, 11 Will Muir, 12 Cameron Redpath, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 15 Matt Gallagher

Replacements: 16 Niall Annett, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Elliott Stooke, 20 Miles Reid, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Orlando Bailey, 23 Jaco Coetzee

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Jon 23 hours ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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