JERSEY REDS’ end-to-end Championship try against London Irish was crowned 2018 Try of the Year by Sky Sports yesterday, following a five-day worldwide public vote.
The Islanders’ sensational score, touched down by Auguy Slowik on 3 November following a 100-metre team move from behind their own try-line, coasted to victory as the polls closed on the stroke of the new year. The Reds collected an incredible 58 per cent of the vote from a nomination list which included two tries by the All Blacks against Australia, one by the Barbarians against England and a handful more from Super Rugby. Indeed, Jersey’s try was up against World Rugby’s try of the year, scored by All Black Brodie Retallick against Australia.
Slowik told Sky Sports: ‘Stood on our own goal line, and down to 14 men, the only thought In my head was chase the kick... but then after the ball was spilt and some magic from Will Homer, Brett Herron [twice] and Aaron Penberthy, I thought if I keep up with play here we could potentially score.
‘As I got the ball and stepped inside to score, I knew I had finished a great team try . . . but I honestly didn’t think it would be good enough to be Sky Sports’ try of 2018.’
The try, Slowik’s first of two, was one of three scored on the day by the home side at St Peter, leading to a 17-14 league victory over the title favourites – London Irish’s only defeat of the league campaign to date.
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