Wales’ Liam Williams has explained exactly what was running through his mind in the build-up to one of the most well-worked tries of the Lions tour this summer.
The 2017 Lions series versus the All Blacks was filled with memorable moments. From Sonny Bill Williams being the first All Black to be shown a red card in 50 years to Elliot Daly’s 55-metre penalty to the strange, hollow feeling of emptiness felt at the drawn result and unusual sight of the trophy being raised by both Kieran Read and Sam Warburton.
However, the standout moment for me, and no doubt countless others was Sean O’Brien’s try in the first Test defeat in Eden Park, which is a shoe-in for the IRPA Try of the Year. That try would not have been possible if it wasn’t for a mesmerising break from Liam Williams, who picked the ball up in his own 22 and beat four defenders before offloading to Jonathan Davies, who in turn played a one-two with Elliot Daly before the ball reached the Tullow Tank who finished in the corner.
The former Scarlets man and now Saracens player recently described to Wales Online journalist Mark Orders what was going through his head the moment he got the ball and made his now famous run
“I had been calling [for Anthony Watson] to smack it long. When the ball came to me I shaped as if to kick but just felt I could step Kieran Read as he was running so fast and after that it was just about trying to make ground.
“All I could hear were screams advising me what to do. Once I was past Read, I thought I’d have a go and everything then fell into place. Foxy [Jonathan Davies] and Elliot were brilliant down the left and Sean did superbly to keep up with play and claim the score.”
Imagine if Watson, or indeed Williams, had kicked it long; the world would never have gotten to see one of the best tries of the professional era, and Williams, O‘Brien, Davies and Daly would not have been able to occupy such a special place in Lions folklore. Watch it again below in all its glory.
Watch it again below in all its glory.
Michael Keaveny, Pundit Arena