TRY FROM THE END OF THE EARTH

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France had won the first of the two test se­ries in June 1994 and were com­ing to Eden Park to make his­tory.

If they won, they would be the first French team and only other side other than South Africa and the Li­ons to win a se­ries in New Zealand.

It looked like they were go­ing to fail, how­ever, as while they had played well, a ner­vous and scratchy All Blacks side had man­aged to do enough to lead 20-17 with time al­most up.

But af­ter All Blacks first­five Stephen Ba­chop kicked long into the French 22, left wing Philippe St An­dre gath­ered, ac­cel­er­ated past Matthew Cooper and Sean Fitz­patrick be­fore re­cy­cling.

The ball went right, No 8 Philippe Benet­ton cut inside Jonah Lomu, there was a neat in­ter­play be­tween Lau­rent Ca­bannes, Emile Nta­mack and Philippe Sella which put half­back Guy Ac­co­ce­berry clear. He could have made it, but handed it on to the fly­ing full­back Jean-Luc Sadourny who crossed through the tackle of John Timu.

It was the most sen­sa­tional move and be­came known as the try from the end of the earth.

“I re­mem­ber when they be­gan the move to score the try, I ini­tially thought there wasn’t much dan­ger,” said the All Black right wing that day, John Kir­wan.

“But then they kept com­ing and I thought, ‘Ohoh, we might be in some trou­ble here’.”

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