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The Golden Lions Nearly Scored The Fastest Try Of All Time

By Calum Henderson
Lourens Erasmus

Lourens Erasmus could have probably set a new Guinness World Record but wasted too much time putting the ball down.



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The Golden Lions opened their Currie Cup campaign against the Pumas at Ellis Park on Saturday by scoring one of the fastest tries in rugby history.


Two-metre lock Lourens Erasmus dotted down just 8 seconds into the game after running onto the kickoff and brushing past a non-existent Pumas defense.

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Erasmus’ try was fast but not quite the fastest ever. The Guinness World Record belongs to winger Tyson Lewis, who scored in 7.24 seconds for Doncaster Knights vs Old Albanians in 2013.

Lourens Erasmus could have broken that record if he hadn’t wasted precious time mucking around after crossing the try line. If he had dived here he almost definitely would have been the first player to break the 7 second barrier.


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While not the fastest try ever Erasmus’ effort is certainly the fastest try by a forward ever. He joins the likes of John Leslie, Lee Blackett and Dafydd Howells in the sub-10 seconds club.

The Golden Lions went on to win 68-26.



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