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'Greatest non-catch ever': Hurricanes star Ruben Love stuns in cricket match

By Kim Ekin
(Source/TVNZ+)

The annual Black Clash T20 cricket match between Team Rugby and Team Cricket has seen some memorable moments from former and current rugby players with the white ball.

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Jordie Barrett has shown his pace bowling, former All Black captain Kieran Read produced a brilliant knock of 73 last year, fullback Will Jordan blitzed former Black Caps at the top of the order in 2022, and now Hurricanes fullback Ruben Love has joined the list.

Love stunned the Bay Oval crowd with a ‘speccy’ one-handed catch over the rope, producing something that you would expect from Odell Beckham Jr on the grid iron.

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The aerial grab saw Love launch from inside the oval, flying back to snag Gareth Hopkins’ six with one hand. Unfortunately there was no way Love was able to make the catch count, landing way over the rope.

It’s been dubbed the ‘greatest non-catch ever’ on Twitter and was called worthy of being on ESPN’s top plays.

The 22-year-old athlete was a talented cricketer back at high school with many believing Love had a potential career in cricket too. He represented New Zealand U19 in cricket and at one point in time was favouring the bat and ball.

Love showed his ability with the bat as Team Rugby tried to chase down 222, falling just short by seven runs. Coming in down the order Love smashed 47 off 17 balls in a whirlwind cameo.

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Massive red flag raised by weakened Champions Cup teams – Andy Goode

I wonder if the problem of some teams not taking it that seriously would be helped by making performance in the champions cup count towards qualification and/or seeding in the following year’s competition. Eg. top four seeds would be winners of the URC, premiership, and top 14, plus best performing team in the previous year’s CC who have not otherwise qualified. Doing that the seedings for this years comp. would have been: Tier one: Saracens - Munster - Toulouse - la Rochelle Tier two: Sale - Stormers - Racing 92 - Leinster Tier three: Leicester - Connacht - Bordeaux - Exeter Tier four: Northampton - Ulster - Lyon - Sharks Tier five: Harlequins - Glasgow - Stade Francais - Edinburgh Tier six: Bath - Bulls - Toulon - Ospreys The competition would probably work better with fewer teams, so I’d probably favour only the first 4 tiers being invited, and then going straight to a quarter final without a round of 16. On the one hand this would possibly incentivise teams to take the champions cup seriously, and on the other it would mean that the latter stages would be more likely to involve teams that have demonstrated a willingness to take the competition seriously. The main differences between my proposed system and the actual draw is that mine would give la Rochelle a fairly easy ride to the quarters, and would either exclude the Bulls entirely or would give then an insurmountably difficult draw. As it happened Exeter got quite an easy pool draw but that was a bit of a fluke. My system would reward Exeter for being one of the teams that demonstrably devote a lot of attention to the CC by guaranteeing them a good draw.

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