Saturday 16 December 2017 / 11:56 PM

THROWBACK THURSDAY: LARKHAM’S CHARGE DOWN

This week for rugby union’s Throwback Thursday, we’re taking you back to a moment that sums up the tenacity and all-round genius of the mercurial Stephen Larkham.

A bona fide match-winner at flyhalf or fullback, Larkham’s confidence and brilliance was at the forefront of the Wallabies’ late-1990s and early-2000s success.

In the last Bledisloe Cup encounter of 1998, Australia was on the ropes early at the Sydney Football Stadium as All Blacks fullback Christian Cullen scored a blistering try to give the visitors an 8-0 lead.

Andrew Mehrtens lined up the straightforward conversion attempt from just to the right of the posts, but Larkham incredibly managed to charge down his opposing No.10’s goal-kick.

The never-say-die play proved a momentum-changer, with the Wallabies going on to stage a 19-14 comeback victory, a result that gave Australia three wins over New Zealand in a calendar year for the first time since 1929.

What the current Wallabies squad wouldn’t give for Larkham’s talismanic qualities as they struggle to find form in the international arena.

[YouTube – Ian Robertson]

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