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'I saw Beauden Barrett and I had to back myself': Dungannon man Peter Nelson relives the moment he almost scored a try against the All Blacks

Reunited: Former Royal School Dungannon pupil Peter Nelson (left), now of Canada, and Angus Ta’avao of New Zealand, who coached at the school, pose for a photo after yesterday’s game
Reunited: Former Royal School Dungannon pupil Peter Nelson (left), now of Canada, and Angus Ta’avao of New Zealand, who coached at the school, pose for a photo after yesterday’s game
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Dungannon man Peter Nelson has spoken of the moment he almost scored an incredible solo try against the back-to-back champion All Blacks at the World Cup yesterday.

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The Cannucks were ultimately beaten 63-0 but their best moment of the match came when Nelson, who made his Test debut over the summer thanks to his Toronto-born grandmother, broke from inside his own half and stepped Beauden Barrett only for the Kiwi full-back to utilise his blistering pace and chase down the former Ulster utility back five metres short of the line.

“It was a special experience to play against the All Blacks and to say I’ve done that is very special,” said the Canadian's starting out-half who appeared 60 times for Ulster before leaving his native province this summer.

“You can’t get intimidated. You respect them as players, they’re world champions. They've got some of the world’s best players but if we get intimidated by them, we shouldn’t be out there playing.”

“The speed the All Blacks play at is incredible. We probably aren’t used to that. We probably haven’t played at that pace or with that high intensity in a Test match and it can only stand us in good stead going forward. With that under our belts now we know we have two huge games ahead.

On his near try he added: "I got a great offload from Lucas (Rumball), saw Beauden in front of me and just had to back myself but he's an incredible player. He has incredible pace and he was able to track me down, but it was nice to make the break.

"There were aspects of the game where we put them under pressure. Unfortunately, we didn't come up with points. There were aspects of our defence where there were good periods. We competed and we put them under pressure.

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"We were in their half for quite a bit in that first half and just didn't really capitalise. In a game like this, you have to take some sort of positives out of it. We're playing the best team in the world. They're world champions and you're only going to learn from that."

Things won't get any easier for Canada as they move onto Kobe before facing South Africa on Tuesday ahead of rounding out their campaign against Namibia on October 13.

 

 

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