Tuesday 22 August 2017 / 08:53 PM

WIND-BACK WEDNESDAY: HERBERT HUMILIATES BLUES

Daniel Herbert was one of the most gifted midfield backs of the 1990s and early-2000s, playing 82 Super Rugby matches for the Reds and representing Australia in 67 Test matches.

Tall and strong, the Brisbane-born star was a handful for any opposing centre, but he combined robust ball-running with deft skill and elusiveness – as he showed against the Blues in a 2000 Super 12 encounter at Ballymore.

Firstly, he opened the Reds’ account by hoodwinking Iliesa Tanivalu with a dummy and step, strolling over in the fifth minute.

In the dying moments of the first half, Herbert trumped that effort with an incredible 40-metre solo try that saw him humiliate the Blues’ inadequate backline defence.

The 33-26 final-round result robbed the Blues of a place in the playoffs, while Herbert took over from John Eales as the Reds’ skipper the following season.

[YouTube – Lizardo Lizardos]

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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