It’s not often New Zealand’s third-tier Meads Cup competition attracts global attention – but this try from Saturday’s final between Wanganui and South Canterbury is about as good as anything you could hope to see in the world rugby spectrum.
Clinging to a tenuous 14-11 lead with 17 minutes of the decider remaining, away side Wanganui produced a phenomenal try that covered well over 100 metres.
Winger Michael Nabuliwaque scooped up a loose ball in his own in-goal and beat five defenders before he had even breached his own try-line, and then kept the ball alive.
Nabuliwaque was among a trio of Wanganui chasers on a speculative kick downfield, participating in a brilliant interchange of passes with fellow Fijians, inside-centre Poasa Waqanibau and winger Samu Kubunavanua, the latter eventually finishing off one of the great tries.
The spectacular five-pointer proved the pivotal moment of the final, with Wanganui powering to a 28-11 triumph in Timaru.