Watch: Ulster's Stewart Moore blitzes Australia to score sensational try for Ireland Under 20s
Ulster's Stewart Moore is the talk of Irish rugby after the centre scored a stunning solo try for Ireland Under 20s in their defeat to Australia in the World Rugby U20 Championship.
The centre picked up the ball on the half-way line and, feigning an initial pass, he jinked into the gap and weaved his way past five Australians to touch down.
It was a score that put Ireland 17-10 ahead after 57 minutes but Australia soon roared back and secured a 45-17 win. Ireland went down to 14 men after Ryan Baird was shown a red card in the first half.
Ireland retain an outside chance of qualifying for a semi-final after their emphatic bonus point win over England in the opening game, but will need a big win against Italy as well as other results going their way.
Watch Moore's try here:
Understandably, rugby fans were straight on to twitter:
What a bloody try from @UlsterRugby centre Stewart Moore!!!— Pat McCarry (@patmccarry) June 8, 2019
Torched half the Aussie team 🔥🔥
Stewart Moore - that is sensational 🔥— Cian Tracey (@CianTracey1) June 8, 2019
Stewart Moore pic.twitter.com/NS6o2Mi1Au— Jonathan Fitzpatrick (@JFitzpatrick92) June 8, 2019
Despite Moore's eye-catching score, tries from Isaac Lucas, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Will Harrison and replacement Nick Frost (two) earned Australia a bonus point win, their second of the competition.
A first half red card for second row Baird looked to seal Ireland's fate, as Australia built a 10-0 lead, but McNamara's men battled back.
The Leinster prospect saw red after a high challenge on Australia out-half Harrison after just 20 minutes. The TMO took a look at the incident and the second row was dismissed, leaving Ireland to play an hour with 14 men.
Australia scored their first try shortly thereafter, with Harrison slicing open the Irish defence with a brilliant offload, before wing Sione Tui finished well in the corner.
However, Ireland responded and after a lengthy period of territory in the Australia 22, they hit back. After hammering away at the line, scrum-half Craig Casey darted over to reduce the gap in the run-up to half time.
There was still time for Ireland to almost get in more trouble with the referee. Out-half Jake Flannery was guilty of a tip-tackle at the breakdown, but on this occasion the official opted for the lenient decision of just a penalty.
Ireland missed a golden opportunity to take the lead early in the second half. They were camped on the Australia line but after turning down a number of straightforward penalties to tie the game, they eventually turned the ball over in pursuit of a try.
However, shortly afterwards Moore slipped the first tackle with a deceptive dummy and scorched through the Australian defence to put Ireland in the lead.
However, they then began to tire and Australia struck for three quick-fire long-range tries from Lucas, Nawaqanitawase and Frost to decide the contest. Harrison and Frost put the finishing touch on the victory, sending Ireland on to their final pool game against Italy on Wednesday knowing that anything but a big bonus point win won't be enough.
Belfast Telegraph Digital