Tuesday 23 January 2018

History-maker Tadhg shares in South Africa shock


Brendan Furlong

Tadhg Furlong is next in line after the game as Keith Earls shakes hands with Willie Le Roux
Tadhg Furlong is next in line after the game as Keith Earls shakes hands with Willie Le Roux
Tadhg Furlong and his colleagues at the conclusion of Saturday's encounter in Cape Town

Horeswood native Tadhg Furlong was part of Irish rugby history on South African soil on Saturday afternoon.

Fourteen-man Ireland beat the Springboks in front of 42,620 stunned fans in Newlands.

The Six Nations side lost C.J. Stander to a red card midway through the opening half for a challenge that left Pat Lambie spread-eagled on the pitch, but despite the disadvantage, and also being down to 13 players for the final nine minutes of the first-half along with one minute into the second-half, the Irish still managed to fashion a dramatic 26-20 victory.

Furlong was introduced at a crucial stage of the second-half in place of Mike Ross, managing to bring a fresh power to the front row.

This was a major factor in the winning of a penalty off a scrum, leaving Paddy Jackson to nail the crucial kick and extending his side's lead to 26-20.

Furlong has followed up an excellent season both for Leinster and Ireland.

This was a major challenge for him, but he was more than equal to it, while also showing an effective workrate in open play.

Considering the challenge facing the injury-hit Ireland squad, while also following an indifferent Six Nations campaign, it was a proud occasion for Horeswood and New Ross Rugby Club to see Furlong being part of a result that shook the rugby world.

Good Counsel College in New Ross will also be proud of the latest achievement from this popular past pupil who continues to make tremendous strides in this most demanding sport.

Meanwhile, on a momentous weekend for Irish rugby, recently-retired Wexford native Gordon D'Arcy was on co-commentary duty for Sky Sports as the Under-20 side recorded a magnificent World Cup victory over New Zealand in Manchester.

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