Michael Jennings Scores Miraculous Try in 2013 NRL Final for Sydney Roosters
Michael Jennings hit the headlines this weekend after scoring one of the most spectacular tries imaginable to settle the 2013 NRL Grand Final.
Jennings was playing for the Sydney Roosters, who led 20-18 over the Manly Sea Eagles with eight minutes of the game remaining.
Although the Roosters had the lead, they were within a score of their opponents.
A grubber kick was sent through along the ground as they used the last of their possessions, and looked destined to trickle out of play at the end of the pitch.
However, from absolutely nowhere, Jennings surged through a mass of bodies, leapt full-stretch towards it and managed to touch it down within a whisker of the ball going out of play.
As a try, it's so good that it's only when you watch the slow-motion replay that you can quite see what has taken place.
The Sydney Morning Herald described it as a "try worth bronzing," and it was hard to disagree. It was a remarkable piece of athleticism to decide a showpiece final—or, as Herald chief sportswriter Andrew Webster put it:
Half a century ago, rugby league witnessed an epic grand final played in the sanctified mud at the SCG, and it produced a moment between Arthur Summons and Norm Provan that forever symbolises the game.
On Sunday night, in a decider as heroic and brutal as that played between St George and Wests in 1963, Michael Jennings produced a moment that will equally last the test of time, even if it's not immortalised on a trophy.
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