Highlanders wing Josh McKay has come up with the tackle of the year, putting on a last ditch try-saving hit on Crusaders halfback Bryn Hall.
The former Canterbury player and local Christchurch-product denied his hometown franchise after some magic from Richie Mo’unga.
The flyhalf sliced through the Highlanders around halfway and found Will Jordan with a no-look inside ball. With just one man to beat, Jordan put Hall away for what should have been a guaranteed five points.
As Hall was diving over for the try, McKay made a play for the ball forcing a knock-on to the disbelief of the Crusaders halfback who was subbed immediately after.
The try-saver kept a Highlanders led at 17-13 which was extended moments later when Highlanders centre Michael Collins drove over at the end.
— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) August 9, 2020
SUPERB defense from Josh McKay #CRUvHIG
— WAP, no Fetty (@theweekdaez) August 9, 2020
Josh McKay that is a crazy try saving tackle!
— Kooks (@Kookie_Kuhle) August 9, 2020
Absolutely amazing try saving punch by Josh McKay #highlanders
— Connor Klayman (@Connor_Klayman) August 9, 2020
Shit that damn tackle from Josh McKay holy cow!#CRUvHIG
— Mr Eli ?? (@PettittEli) August 9, 2020
I can’t believe what I just witnessed!!! McKay w/ the try-saving tackle of a lifetime! WTF??? #CRUvHIG
— Davey ???????? (@DaveyJacobson) August 9, 2020
— Jamie Swain (@JamieswainJamie) August 9, 2020
— Stefan Edge (@stefan_edge) August 9, 2020
Bryn Hall butchers it on the line. What a contest by McKay??#CRUvHIG
— Mandi_N (@mandingqoza) August 9, 2020
— Nicholas Friedlander ?? (@NicholasFriedl3) August 9, 2020
McKay’s amazing tackle kept the Highlanders in the game and allowed them to extend their lead, but a rampant period by the Crusaders with 20-minutes to go erased the nine point deficit in minutes with two tries to George Bridge.
With ten minutes to go, the Crusaders lead 25-22 with one hand on the Super Rugby Aotearoa trophy.
If the Highlanders get up, McKay’s tackle will take on more significance. If not, it will still be remembered for a very long time and go down as one of the best of 2020.
Josh McKay is a thief in the night ?
— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) August 9, 2020
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