Watch: All Blacks XV 'ruthless' counter-attack try is one of the best you will see
The All Blacks XV have scored one of the most incredible counter-attacking tries in recent memory with a 90-metre team effort against Ireland ‘A’ that saw Shaun Stevenson finish off the coast-to-coast play.
With Ireland ‘A’ setting up for a lineout deep inside the visitors’ territory, an tipped throw sent the ball over the tail.
As both sides scrambled for the loose ball, first five Damian McKenzie split two Irish chasers to snatch the ball and explode away upfield. The All Black fullback then linked with second five Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who threw a speculator out the back.
The loose pass bounced perfectly to keep the movement alive and the All Blacks XV then put together three more passes to send Stevenson away down the right hand touchline.
Originally overlooked for selection, Stevenson still had work to do to beat two defenders before cartwheeling over in a diving celebration to score his second try of the night.
Twitter erupted after witnessing the amazing sequence which brought into question how Stevenson was left out of the squad in the first place.
He scored a double inside the first quarter of play, and had a hand in another long range effort early in the second half.
Deep inside his own 22, Stevenson weaved his way through multiple players to break away downfield before finding an inside ball for TJ Perenara after drawing the last man. Perenara found Ruben Love after the cover defence ran him down, leaving an open try line for the All Blacks XV fullback.
The All Blacks XV turned it on to bury Ireland ‘A’ by 47-19.
— R3plic8 (@Gilera85) November 4, 2022
Shaun Stevenson is some rugby player.
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) November 4, 2022
Mind boggling to think Shaun Stevenson actually missed initial selection in ABs XV. Clinic so far.
— Paul Cully (@paulcullystuff) November 4, 2022
Watching replay of AB XV v IRE A. How Shaun Stevenson wasn’t originally selected for this side is a disgrace. Honestly, I’d have him at 14 v Wales over Reece. But clearly Foster doesn’t rate him – which doesn’t mean much. RTS done bugger all. Blokes talents are wasted at 12.
— Frank (@GregAFC) November 4, 2022
Every time I see Shaun Stevenson play, he reminds me of James Lowe.
— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) November 4, 2022
This is Shaun Stevenson's game and everyone else is just watching it
— Rugby Bits (@RugbyBits) November 4, 2022
Shaun stevenson bout to get that ABS jersey soon watch. Slept on player. Real boy🪖🪖
— tu (@TeeBatiratu) November 4, 2022
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