It was certainly a captain's performance from the flanker in Lyon
Is there anything Jac Morgan cannot do? The Wales captain had a stormer in the record win over Australia. There’s leading by example and then there’s making an outrageous break from Nick Tompkins’s tip inside before offloading (while falling!) to Gareth Davies for the opening try inside four minutes.
Wales began to turn the screw against the Wallabies in Lyon, despite suffering an early blow as No 10 Dan Biggar trudged off after just 12 minutes clutching his pec, and Morgan was right at the centre of everything that Warren Gatland’s side did well.
With the score at Wales 10-6 Australia and 25 minutes on the clock, referee Wayne Barnes awarded the Wallabies a penalty in a very kickable position right in front of the posts. However, Ben Donaldson opted to kick for the corner as Eddie Jones’s men backed themselves to try and force their way over the Welsh tryline.
That meant all eyes turned to the resulting lineout ten metres from the line with Australia’s latest in a long list of captains, David Porecki, charged with throwing the ball in. However, he missed his mark and the ball fell straight into the willing hands of Morgan at the back of the lineout.
The Wales skipper took a few steps before unleashing a huge right-footed boot downfield. At one stage it looked like it could become his second try assist of the first half when Wales’ onrushing support players looked to be winning the foot race. However, the bounce of the ball beat them as it rolled over the touchline.
Crucially, however, it went out inside Australia’s 22, handing Morgan a 50:22 to add to his impressive stats collection. In truth, it was technically a 22:22!
It’s not even the first time he has put boot to ball with superb results in this tournament, remember how his cross-field kick ended up with Louis Rees-Zammit scoring against Fiji? How’s that for an all-round skillset.
Morgan’s monstrous on-field efforts, which earned him a bloody face and led ref Barnes to quip: “That’s not going to look pretty in the morning”, did not go unnoticed on social media with the 23-year-old coming in for heaps of praise online.
Jac Morgan Australia 50:22 reaction
One Twitter/X user said: “Has Jac Morgan just kicked the greatest ever 50:22?”
Another added: “Jac Morgan’s having a great tournament in terms of his kicking alone.”
Things got even better for Wales’ captain when he scored late on off the back of a rampant rolling maul to sign off in style. He could not be stopped.
It was a performance that did not go unnoticed by his peers. Scrum-half Davies said afterwards: “He can literally do it all. He’s an unbelievable player. He’s a great captain for us as well.”
While Morgan himself said: “Words can’t really explain how proud I am for us to put in a performance like that. It’s been a tough couple of months and we’ve worked really hard, so that was massive for us.
“Over the last couple of games, in areas we’ve played really well, but today our discipline was much better, which hasn’t put us under as much pressure. The crowd was amazing, it’s fantastic to see all that red in the crowd.”