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Evans steals the show at the Stoop

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news on 14 Dec 2008 at 06:42
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The fourth round of the Heineken Cup was supposed to be all about a certain New Zealand outside half Dan Carter’s debut for Perpignan against Leicester Tigers.

But 24 hours before the All Blacks legend got into the action one of his former rivals for the Kiwi No 10 jersey, Nick Evans, gave him an almost impossible act to follow as he kicked the Harlequins to a spectacular 19-17 Pool 4 victory over Stade Français Paris.

ERC Rugby reports that amid unprecedented scenes at the Twickenham Stoop, Evans rounded off a frantic 29 phase attack by the Quins in injury with a 30 metre drop goal that somehow defied the conditions to limp over the cross bar and secure a famous victory.

Welsh referee Nigel Owens added to the last gasp drama by consulting his TMO to see if the kick had gone over, but he had no hesitation in confirming what the crowd and the home players felt. And so one of the greatest Pool matches in Heineken Cup history ended in the 84th minute with one of the tournament’s most dramatic finales.

“It is probably the ugliest drop goal I have ever kicked in my life, but over is over. It is in the record books and that’s all that matters,” said Evans.

“The games over the last two weeks are up there in the top give matches I have ever played in during my career.

“It was a bit of a change from last week’ game, but it was great to come home to our fans. This was a big day for the Quins.

“We had to front up and we did just that. There is hug character in this team, we are working hard and we believe in ourselves.

“We didn’t play the territory in the way we wanted to in the first-half, but we showed great composure and patience in the end. There is a good thing going at this club and there is no reason why we can’t go on and win the tournament.”


  • Spectacular game and evans’ performance was breath-taking. This game had it all – two highly successful and talented sides, mud, fights, torrential rain, tries, tactics, drop goal to win in the last second of the game. In short, this is the reason i watch rugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.12.08 14:58:40 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Played a game this weekend in the freezing and rainy UK conditions.. worst game of my life, I have never been so cold, wet , muddy and uninterested. Don’t know how the pro’s put together a decent game.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.12.08 15:26:28 by beez Reply

  • Also, full credit to Quinns for this win – in order to position Evans for the drop they took the ball through 28 phases to get him in the right place. Remarkable.

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.12.08 15:45:53 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Thought Valie was great in the opening stanza even place kicking in front of Hernandez? 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.12.08 16:44:32 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Perpignan lead Leicester Bulls 16-10 at half time.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.12.08 17:49:44 by McLovin Reply

  • And if the commentator once more refers to Dan Carter as the best player in the world, I’m going to lose my lunch. He sounds like a love sick fool.

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.12.08 17:50:41 by McLovin Reply

  • Saffer ‘Jerry’ Brits at least scored a try.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.12.08 17:54:23 by McLovin Reply

  • Perpignan win 26-20

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.12.08 18:47:49 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 8) :

    And Heyneke Meyer said he was scared of Carter. 😛

    16 points and the commentators sommer refer to it as Dan Carter’s Perpignan. 😛 😛

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.12.08 18:49:57 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 6) :

    Sort of like Rob, when he talks about Barritt. 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.12.08 18:51:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Leicester might’ve lost that game but I think Johnson might’ve found his answer at flyhalf. Actually I’m convinced he has.

    Feel a bit for old Hougaard but then that’s the world of pro sport.

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.12.08 18:58:04 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 11) :

    Flood is good but England used him at 12 for the WHOLE 6 nations though.

    Hopefully they come to their senses.

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.12.08 19:12:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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