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Watch - Rees-Zammit smiles at Farrell after sensational solo try

By Ian Cameron
Louis Rees-Zammit smiles at Owen Farrell Credit: BT Sport

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Gloucester got a stark European reality check from perennial winners Saracens last night in the Challenge Cup, but it didn’t stop Louis Rees-Zammit from showing his individual business in the one-sided quarter final.

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Saracens ran out 44-15 winners but the Welsh wunderkind gave the home supporters something to cheer about when he scored a remarkable solo try as the game came to a close.

On 74 minutes, the 21-year-old winger grabbed the ball in his own 22 and chipped over England captain Owen Farrell’s defensive line.

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He still had a lot of work to do after regrouping, he escaped Duncan Taylor’s clutches, then stepped fullback Alex Goode, allowing him 40 metres of open space.

It became a straight sprint for the line and with Rees-Zammitt, that’s an exercise in futility for pretty much any defender.

Ree-Zammit appeared to share a friendly moment with Farrell – who he had chipped over moments earlier – as the youngster walked back after finishing the try.

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Commentating for BT Sport, Austin Healy said “You’ve just got to get the ball in his hands, it doesn’t matter where, it doesn’t matter when. He makes things happen,” before quipping: “I said it before, he’s only got one fault in his game. He’s not English.”

Welsh journalist Matthew Southcombe wrote: “Since being dropped by Wales during the Six Nations, Louis Rees-Zammit has scored 6 tries in 8 games for Gloucester. That’s quite a reaction.”

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