Wonder try a matter of instinct, says May

Sports | 23 Nov 2020

England wing Jonny May said he had been running on instinct after scoring a stunning solo try in an 18-7 Autumn Nations Cup rugby win over Ireland.

The 30-year-old produced one of the all-time great Twickenham tries after bursting clear from near his own line before beating the Ireland cover, chipping ahead and then chasing down his own hacked kick for a score between the posts.

Only minutes earlier he had put England 5-0 up with the first of his side's two tries in a fixture played behind closed doors because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Everything happened really quickly, I can't really remember it," May said. "Off the back of good work defensively it creates the turnover and gives us the ball in space, so credit to the pack."

Asked if the sensational score was purely a matter of instinct, May replied: "A hundred percent. I don't have enough time to think about it when it's like that off a quick turnover ball."

May has now scored 31 tries in 59 Tests, equalling the England tallies of Ben Cohen and Will Greenwood. Only retired wing Rory Underwood - with 49 in 85 Tests - is ahead of them in the all-time list.

Coach Eddie Jones rated May as one of the best finishers he'd seen.

Such was England's defensive effort that Ireland did not score until replacement Jacob Stockdale's try seven minutes from time.

England will be assured of topping Pool A with victory away to Wales.


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