Mesmerising McGuire kick worthy of victory
Leeds Rhinos may have won their third consecutive Super League Grand Final through immense team spirit but for a split second on Saturday, it was all about Danny McGuire.
Ten minutes to go at Old Trafford. Leeds sit just one point ahead and on St Helens’ ten metre line. Somehow the Leeds born stand-off somehow manages produce an unworldly left foot reverse grubber kick into the path of the onrushing Lee Smith, who had no problem touching down for the winning try. All without McGuire even looking in the direction of his teammate. Sensational.
Talk about ‘see it to believe it’ . Here was a great hulk of a man guiding, nay caressing, a ball with equally perfect amounts of pace and spin into a tiny gap between opposition players. Without any exaggeration, The Kick, as it will forever be known, was the closest thing to perfection I have ever seen on a sports field, trumping Argentina’a 24 pass goal at the 2006 World Cup. More than anything, it inspired an epiphany in my soul, reminding me that rugby league, whilst limited at times, has the potential for beauty and that sport in general is still capable of the sublime without producing the ridiculous.
In 2008, McGuire scored two tries and took the plaudits as the Rhinos crushed St Helens into submission. This time around it took a moment of pure creative genius, a moment that will not be recognised and remembered by many, to ensure his team took victory and to make yours truly realise that all is still good in the world. All hail the magical Danny McGuire.