If you happen to be an Irish rugby fan and you’re waking up with a sore head today, then Jonathan Sexton is probably the reason.
Trailing 13-12 well into injury time in their Six Nations clash with France, Ireland launched into an unbelievable 40 phases of play without the ball going dead.
Joe Schmidt’s men had looked beaten after Teddy Thomas’ try and Anthony Belleau’s conversation seven minutes from time, but Sexton and Co were having none of it. Belleau had a chance to push France four points closer to the end, but fluffed his lines giving Ireland their shot to pull off the miracle.
As Connor Murray’s pass spun back to Sexton on the 41st phase, time seemed to slow down to a standstill. The out-half then unleashed a ferocious drop goal attempt, from just inside the French half and it creeped just over the cross bar to give Ireland the victory.
Check out Sexton shot for yourself below:
— TV3 Sport (@TV3SportIreland) February 4, 2018
Cue utter pandemonium from not only the Irish bench, but probably most of the bars around the country. Ireland play Italy next week in their second game of the competition and Schmidt will be hoping the end result will be far less heart-stopping than this one.
For a little added fun, here’s the reaction of RTÉ Radio’s Michael Corcoran to Sexton’s winner:
— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) February 3, 2018
Somebody get that man a throat lozenge!