ACT Brumbies halfback Ryan Lonergan pulled the Waratahs’ pants down at Allianz Stadium on Friday night with a play few were expecting – including the man who most profited from it.
With scores tied 10-all after 35 minutes and the Brumbies winning a penalty five metres out from NSW’s line, all but Lonergan appeared to believe a penalty goal was imminent.
The halfback, however, spotted Andy Muirhead on his own on the far right wing and understanding that referee Nic Berry hadn’t called time off, launched a kick Muirhead’s way.
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Muirhead, though, wasn’t on his own – he was having a yarn with assistant referee Jordan Way, and looked as surprised as anybody that the ball was coming his way. Yet he managed to take the tumbling punt and run over to score.
“It’s one of the greatest moves that isn’t a move…