Ahead of tonight’s clash between the Hurricanes and the British and Irish Lions, Too Good Tuesday is revisiting one of our favourite moments involving the Wellington-based franchise.
The late Jonah Lomu created a legend by trampling over the top of opponents or motoring around them with blinding speed that belied his enormous frame – although he possessed underrated, soft hands on attack, he certainly wasn’t regarded for his kicking finesse.
But in his first Super Rugby match for the Hurricanes after switching from the Chiefs in 2000, Lomu channelled long-time All Blacks wing partner Jeff Wilson with a spectacular chip-and-chase try at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.
After powering into open space in familiar fashion, Lomu deftly nudged the ball over the Sharks’ fullback’s head with his left boot, then regathered and dived over.
Unbeknownst to most rugby fans, the world’s most feared player was nearing the twilight of his career as his illness took hold – but the incomparable No.11 was magic until the very end.