Sunday 20 May 2018

'Oh my God! Don't drop it' - Leinster's Jordan Larmour on that try against Munster

Leinster's Jordan Larmour photographed for Lineout
Leinster's Jordan Larmour photographed for Lineout
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

"Oh my God! Don’t drop it! Don’t drop it!"

Leinster's Jordan Larmour recalls the moments before 'that try' against Munster at  Thomond Park last St Stephen's Day.

It made a Christmas to remember for the Dubliner who, at 20, is Ireland’s youngest ever Grand Slam winner but Jordan is staying grounded and there’s still a lot he wants to achieve he tells Cian Tracey in Lineout magazine which is published Friday free with the Irish Independent.

Jordan last week collected silverware for the 'Try of the Year' award at the Leinster Awards Ball  at the InterContinental Hotel which was presented to him by Ruaidhri O’Connor, Irish Independent rugby correspondent.

From the moment the supremely talented Jordan caught the ball that day, time seemed to stop, before an audible gasp from the sold-out St Stephen’s Day crowd as he ran almost 80 metres.

On the way he beat five defenders, including four Ireland internationals, and scored one of the most memorable tries that the famous stadium has ever seen. It also earned him his nickname of ‘Phone box’.

The cover of Lineout magazine
The cover of Lineout magazine

The moniker was given to him by team-mate Jack McGrath based on Jordan's ability to step someone inside such a tight space.

It was then that a star was born, writes Cian Tracey and what was to follow in the coming months would surpass the 20-year-old’s wildest dreams.

"Thomond Park last December was pretty special," Jordan enthuses. His effort proved to be the decisive score of an epic eight-try Guinness PRO14 derby ending in a scoreline of 34-24 to the blues.

Jordan tells Lineout "once I caught it, I just saw someone running at me so I just thought I better get out of his way and then I saw a bit of space so I went for it. I thought (Simon) Zebo was going to hold me up but luckily I just moved the ball to my other hand.

"That’s probably something I had to work on. When I was in school at St Andrews, when I got the ball, I just tucked it in one arm and just went for it.

"Even up until U-18s, 19s and 20s, if I went through games with the coaches, they would say ‘Ball in two hands’ because I would always be tucking it. When the defender is coming across, it’s important so that you can get your hand-off away.

"When I was running to the line, I was just hoping that my legs wouldn’t give up on me because they were starting to cramp!"

After that moment of magic, calls for Jordan Larmour to be included in Ireland’s Six Nations squad became even louder and his performances for Leinster were so consistent that ultimately Joe Schmidt couldn’t ignore his scintillating form.

 Months on from his stunning try against Munster, Jordan sat in front of Lineout magazine at UCD with his Six Nations medal in his hand. The ninth youngest to win a Grand Slam, yet you wouldn’t know it from his demeanour, says Tracey who observes "Larmour could hardly be more grounded, and in fact there is an argument to be made that he may not even realise how much of a special talent he is.

Read more of the interview in Friday's 40 page Lineout which includes interviews, fashion, travel, golf and tech.

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