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Watch: The jaw-dropping jump by Harry Potter into a French moat

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

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Harry Potter had the most incredible few minutes in France last weekend, scoring the sole Leicester try after 21 minutes in their epic Heineken Champions Cup win at Bordeaux and then disappearing from the field of play less than two minutes later in an extraordinary fashion where he was fortunate not to have been injured.

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The soon-to-be 24-year-old winger had lit up the Tigers with the try that put them into the lead in an engrossing match they ultimately won 16-13 thanks a late George Ford penalty. However, what took place just 117 seconds after Potter touched down to score his try grabbed the attention of social media and a pinned video posted on Twitter by BT Sport Rugby has since been viewed more than 160,000.

There was was 20:23 on the clock when Potter grabbed his try, 22:20 when a push in the back by Ben Lam after a whistle from the referee had stopped play resulted in the Leicester back taking evasive action, jumping the perimeter advertising and disappearing down into the concrete moat that rings the pitch at Stade Chaban-Delmas. 

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Given the considerable seven-foot drop on the other side of the advertising board, Potter could have easily crashed against the wall and suffered a game-ending injury if he hadn’t somehow managed to keep his composure and land on his feet, eventually returning to the pitch unscathed after figuring a way to get back up to pitch level.  

The shocked facial expressions of some fans in the crowd as Potter disappeared from view with his unexpected jump were priceless as was some of the commentary given how the Leicester player has the same name as the mythical Harry Potter, the famed young wizard from the JK Rowling novels and movies.

Leicester skipper Ellis Genge tweeted that his colleague was “off to find platform 9 and 3/4s”. TV pundit Ben Key, the ex-Tigers lock, added during commentary: “Be careful of the crocodiles down there.” Meanwhile, BT Sport commentator Ali Eykyn said: “I am not sure he had any idea where he was going to there, Harry Potter. He has just disappeared into the abyss. He’ll need a magic wand to get out of that.”  

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