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24th Mar 2015

A certain tackle by a certain Jamie wins final Six Nations Play of the Week

Nice try Hogg

Patrick McCarry

Turned out to be pretty crucial.

As expletives hailed across front rooms, bars and offices across the nation, Jerome Garces was not convinced Stuart Hogg had grounded the ball.

The Scottish fullback looked confident enough but the French referee opted to check in with the Television Match Official.

On replay, the missed tackles of Tommy Bowe and Robbie Henshaw looked worse. However, jogging onto the scene was Jamie Heaslip. The Leinster captain caught hold of Hogg, his 2013 British & Irish Lions teammate, and did enough to make him spill the ball.

In the grand scheme of things, it was a crucial intervention. The Scots were denied five, possibly seven, points. By the final whistle of England’s pulsating victory over France, Ireland had won the 2015 Six Nations by six points.

It is, therefore, no surprise that Heaslip’s tackle has been named the top play of a crazy, final weekend of action.

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