Saturday 20 December 2014

Ireland's five greatest tries at Twickenham

Published 18/02/2014 | 08:28

Shane Horgan scores the winning try for Ireland against England close to the corner flag at Twickenham in 2006. The experiment to
remove the corner flags could work to the benefit of attackers.
Shane Horgan scores the winning try for Ireland against England close to the corner flag at Twickenham in 2006.

Ireland have scored some amazing tries in the oldest rugby tournament on the planet but the touchdowns in Twickenham are extra special. Here are five of the best:

1. Shane Horgan(2006) , England 24 Ireland 28

Trailing 24-21 with just two minutes left on the clock, Ireland unleash a devastating last-gasp attack which culminates in Shane Horgan stretching his mighty frame to touch down and send Ireland into delirium. Ronan O'Gara's touchline conversion to make it a two-score game is just as jaw-dropping.

2. Girvan Dempsey(2004), England 13 Ireland 19

Ireland ended the reigning World champions 22-game unbeaten streak and gained their first victory in the English capital in 10 years with a stunning win in 2004. Girvan Dempsey's first half try was the highlight of a brilliant Irish performance that set up a Triple Crown game against Scotland at Landsdowne Road.

3. Simon Geoghegan(1994), England 12 Ireland 13

The most exciting Irish back of the 90s. Geoghegan had lightning pace and was a teak-tough tackler in defence. Scorching Tony Underwood on his outside and defying the challenge of Jon Callard to score and inspire a 13-12 win. England had been unbeaten at home since 1988 before that game.

4. Gerry 'Ginger' McLoughlin (1982), England 15 Ireland 16

The giant Limerick man scored the pivotal try in Ireland's Triple Crown push in 1982. McLoughlin appears to have the weight of the nation behind him as he carries the ball and half the English pack over the line for a famous try and win.

5. Pat Casey (1964), England 5 Ireland 18

Easily one of the greatest tries in the history of Irish rugby. The dummy and step of the amazing Mike Gibson sparked a flowing Irish move that was finished off under the posts by the Landsdowne winger. Ireland went on to record a 18-5 win at Twickenham.

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