Chiefs centre Rameka Poihipi has scored the fastest try in Super Rugby history, dotting down after just nine seconds of play in the clash with Moana Pasifika on Saturday.
Moana winger Anzelo Tuitavuki caught Damian McKenzie’s kickoff in Melbourne before firing what would usually be a regulation pass for the first carry.
But Poihipi read the play superbly, swooping for an intercept and cruising over the chalk to break the previous record of 12 seconds set by Vula Maimuri for the Highlanders against the Crusaders in 2001 (watch the video in the player above).
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“Oh that’s the quickest try of all-time!” commentator Grant Nisbett exclaimed.
“Rameka Poihipi, inside 10 seconds the Chiefs have scored. Wow.”
Guinness World Records credits Doncaster Knights winger Tyson Lewis with the fastest try in rugby history, scoring after 7.24 seconds against Old Albanians in a National Clubs Association match in England in 2013.
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Former Wallabies winger Drew Mitchell praised Poihipi’s sharp work on Stan Sport’s coverage.
“It was fantastic anticipation, he wasn’t actually going to contest the catch, he just put himself in a passing channel and got some reward for his hard work.”
The Chiefs won the game 52-29 to go 2-0. Apart from maybe Poihipi, All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens was the happiest man at AAMI Park.
That’s because Mehrtens was the culprit for Maimuri’s previous record, when his attempted clearing kick was charged down while playing for the Crusaders.
“I’m glad to pass that on, it was a terrible moment against the Highlanders. It got charged down, not my fault of course,” Mehrtens said on Stan Sport.
The Chiefs – who upset the Crusaders in round one – were rampant in the first 40 minutes and led 38-3 at halftime before Moana fought back in the second half.
Shaun Stevenson further improved his chance of All Blacks selection by scoring a hat trick of tries for the Chiefs while halfback Brad Weber grabbed a double.
Aaron Mauger’s Moana slip to 0-2 on the back of their opening round loss to Fijian Drua but showed enough in the second half to prove they belong in the competition.
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