The East Terrace is proud to announce that Julian Savea has been awarded the Mike Pyke Nonchalant Try Scoring Award (http://theeastterrace.com/pyke.shtml).
The 21-year-old scored three tries on his All Black debut against Ireland on Saturday and not a single one of them was followed by anything other than a slight smile and the congratulations of his fellow players. The East Terrace was slightly disappointed they were not a few pats on the backside, but still, you can’t have it all.
Even better, for two of the tries Savea simply placed the ball on the ground, choosing not to even perform the most basic of dives. Compare this to the actions of someone like Chris Ashton who likes to do massive swallow dives when taking part in a massacre of a hapless Italy at Twickenham. Yet Savea, on his debut, didn’t feel the need.
Indeed after the game Savea spoke more of his big tackle on Rob Kearney than of his debut scoring feats.
Savea joins Mike Pyke and Jonny Wilkinson (http://theeastterrace.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/12/wilkinson-awarded-lifetime-mike-pike-nonchalant-try-scoring-award.html) amongst the winners of our hallowed award.
Savea, we salute you (in a nonchalant manner).