Life in the fast lane
May 20, 2010
The Reds' Digby Ioane is engulfed by his team-mates having scored a try against the Highlanders after just 38 seconds © Getty Images
You were out of luck if you were still queuing for a stubby or a meat pie come kick off time at the Suncorp Stadium last weekend with Reds winger Digby Ioane crossing the whitewash after just 38 seconds of his side's Super 14 victory over the Highlanders in Brisbane.
But his incredible score took an absolute age compared to some of the scores that feature in our latest Scrum Seven - don't blink because you might miss them!
Lee Blackett, LEEDS CARNEGIE v Newcastle, March 22, 2008 - 8.28 seconds
Leeds may well have been relegated from English rugby's top flight at the end of the 2007-08 season but at least they had the beating of their rivals on one count with winger Lee Blackett crossing for a try after an incredible 8.28 seconds of their Premiership clash with the Falcons at Headingley. On a bitterly cold night many of the 8,917 spectators could have been forgiven for taking their time to get to their seats but those unlucky souls would have missed Blackett pouncing on a loose ball from the kick-off and storming in from the 22 for a try under the posts to set up a narrow 16-15 win for the hosts. "All part of the master plan," was the jocular response from Stuart Lancaster, Leeds' director of rugby.
Tom Voyce, WASPS v Harlequins, November 6, 2004 - 9.63 seconds
Another Premiership game to start in extraordinary fashion with Wasps winger Tom Voyce pouncing on a mistake by Harlequins centre Will Greenwood who made a complete hash of James Brooks' opening kick-off. Voyce was there in the right place at the right time to scoop the ball up and showed great strength to hold off the few Quins defenders alive to the situation and force his way over under the posts. Wasps eventually won the game 19-16 and that season would go from bad to worse for Quins who were relegated from the top flight for the first time in the league's 17-year history.
Martin Corry, London Irish v LEICESTER TIGERS, September 19, 2004 - 24 seconds
It was also a handling error that gifted Leicester No.8 Martin Corry a then record Premiership try after just 24 seconds of his side's 39-22 victory over the Exiles at the Madejski Stadium. This time the blunder was by London Irish No.8 Keiran Roche who gifted the Tigers an early advantage that they would never relinquish. Leicester went on to top the Premiership table that year but were undone by Wasps in the play-off final - London Irish at least escaped the drop. Corry's effort eclipsed the record previously held by his team-mate Geordan Murphy who crossed after 26 seconds of the Tigers' 38-21 victory over Quins at The Stoop on December 22, 2001.
John Leslie, SCOTLAND v Wales, February 6, 1999 - 10 seconds
Kilted Kiwi John Leslie jointly holds the record for the fastest international try ever having stunned Wales with a try just 10 seconds into their Five Nations Championship clash at Murrayfield. Scotland switched the kick-off and Wales' own New Zealander Shane Howarth tried to lay claim to the ball only for Leslie to rip the ball from his grasp and race away to score. Wales recovered from the shock to lead 13-8 at half-time but Scotland finally overcame their celtic rivals 33-20 on their way to the Championship crown. Leslie shares his record with England's Bart Price who crossed for his side's only try in a 7-3 victory over Wales at Twickenham on January 20, 1923.
Elton Flatley, AUSTRALIA v Romania, October 18, 2003 - 18 seconds
The record for the fastest try in Rugby World Cup history is held by Australia's Elton Flatley who dotted down after just 18 seconds of his side's pool clash with Romania in Brisbane. Wallabies fullback Mat Rogers may well have crossed for a hat-trick of tries as the hosts cruised to a 90-8 victory at Suncorp Stadium but the day belonged to Flatley with the centre finishing the game with 30 points courtesy of that try, 11 conversions and a penalty goal.
Keegan Daniel, SHARKS v Blues, March 8, 2008 - 16 seconds
Sharks flanker Keegan Daniel can boast one of the quickest tries in Super Rugby history having got the scoreboard ticking over after just 16 seconds of his side's Super 14 victory over the Blues in Durban in 2008. The Blues' Nick Evans sent the ball high from the kick off but no-one claimed the ball with the visitors opting for a game of 'pat-a-cake' that allowed the Sharks' Bismarck du Plessis to pounce on the loose ball and feed Daniel. But with half the field in front of him there was still plenty of work for the Springboks U21 international to do but he had the gas to get out-run Blues speedster Joe Rokocoko and claim a memorable score and inspire a 22-17 victory.
Vula Maimuri, HIGHLANDERS v Crusaders, May 12, 2001 - 12 seconds
Future Fiji international Vula Maimuri lit up the Highlanders' Super 12 clash with Kiwi rivals the Crusaders with a try after just 12 seconds at Carisbrook. Highlanders fly-half Tony Brown sent the ball deep where Crusaders No.10 Andrew Mehrtens took the ball cleanly before trying to send the ball back with interest. However, his clearance was charged down in the 22 before Maimuri scooped the ball up and crashed through the tackle of Justin Marshall to touch down. The Highlanders held on for a narrow 26-21 win to ensure the South Island side finished the season fifth on the log - the highest placed New Zealand side that year.
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