Ireland’s electric counter-attack against France has been voted the Sage Play of the Championship.
Andy Farrell’s men emerged 32-19 victors in Round 2 of the Guinness Six Nations, thanks in no small part to Hugo Keenan’s superb try to open the scoring after just eight minutes.
Ireland’s win probability jumped from 54% to 75% after Johnny Sexton added the extras, with the try encapsulating all that was good about the eventual Grand Slam champions.
Caelan Doris carried the ball 17.3m, one of three carries he made over 10m in the match, before a ruck speed of 1.32 seconds quickly set Ireland away to play in Keenan, who carried 30.7m to score.
That move secured 35.17% of the vote, narrowly bearing Blair Kinghorn’s third try against Italy, while Antoine Dupont’s sensational try assist for Damien Penaud against Wales, and Josh van der Flier’s turnover against Scotland were close behind.
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Sage Play of the Championship Results
Ireland’s electric counter-attack – 35.17%
Kinghorn’s sprinter’s speed – 31.05%
Dupont’s sensational set-up – 19.97%
Van der Flier turns the tide – 13.81%