Rugby The Greatest Try Ever Is What I Watch When Things Get To Be Too Much

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I can’t remember when, exactly, I first saw this clip from a rugby match played on January 27, 1973 between the Barbarians and New Zealand. Which is strange because I do remember the feeling quite distinctly, goosebumps rising as I watched a sport—rugby union—I only half-understood.

You don’t really need to understand the rules to get it, though. The slick passing and movement would stand out anywhere. What makes it for me is the commentary and the speed of Gareth Edwards, who seemingly appears out of nowhere at the end, smokes every guy on the pitch, and dives over the try-line to score.

The action starts around the 0:45 second mark of this vid; be sure to listen to the commentary, because the enthusiasm is contagious.

It was only the third minute of the match, and if the crowd seems especially amped, that’s because the match was at the National Stadium in Cardiff, and Barbarians were made up of a lot of Welsh players. The crowd increasingly loses its shit as the try develops, before exploding once Edwards scores.

All of that would be enough but it is Cliff Morgan’s commentary which pushes it to the next level. Morgan, who was only doing commentary that day because the guy scheduled to do it got sick, seems to know in real time that he’s w

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