History may well have been made in Australia yesterday, as the National Rugby Championship clash between North Harbour Rays and Sydney Stars played host to what is being touted as the world’s first ever own try!
There is always something a little special about a prop getting their name on the scoresheet, but it could be a while before we witness anything quite as amazing as the five-pointer awarded to North Harbour front-rower Mitch Lewis in this video, who ended up scoring a try for their Sydney opponents.
The Rays were under intense pressure on their own line when Lewis stretched back to touch the ball down, at which point referee Ian Smith, unsighted by the mass of bodies on the ground, chose to consult the Television Match Official.
The TMO replays clearly showed Lewis grounding the ball, so the prop was left stunned when Smith awarded a try to Sydney, instead of a 5m scrum.
North Harbour went on to lose the match 49-40, and Lewis wasn’t even given the solace of boosting his career try-scoring stats – the points were awarded to Sydney hooker James Willan after the game.
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