Week 5 in the NFL saw some Aussie Vs. Aussie action, some excitement from the Hayne Plane, and an Aussie putting on a punting clinic. Week 6 in the NCAAF saw an Aussie score a touchdown!
Jarryd Hayne Vs. Some Other Australian Dude
A few weeks ago I wrote about the unusual event of an Aussie punting to an Aussie punt returner. Well folks, it happened again this week when the San Francisco 49ers took on the New York Giants – or as the game was more commonly known around Australia – Jarryd Hayne Vs. Some Other Australian Dude.
But that ‘other Australian dude’ is no hanger-on. In fact, New York Giants’ punter and former Melbourne resident, Brad Wing, went into this week’s game leading the league for inside 20 punts.
The first half of the game was pretty underwhelming if you were a 49ers fan – or if you were only watching the game for the Australians. In fact, neither player was bought into the action in the first half. I was starting to worry that I’d be stuck handing out participation awards.
But early in the second half the 49ers found a way to halt the Giants’ drive, and in the 12th minute we finally saw Wing punt 35 yards to Hayne.
Whilst this may have seemed underwhelming with Hayne only calling for a fair catch, it did add to Wing’s inside 20 tally, and it gave me the relief of knowing I’d have something to write about.
However, when 49ers running back, Reggie Bush, went off the field injured, Hayne was given the running back responsibilities.
11 yards out, Hayne was handed the ball from 49ers quarter back, Colin Kaepernick. Hayne burst through an opening in the Giants’ defensive line, shaking off two tacklers. It was only when he was tackled by two more Giants that Hayne was brought to the ground 3 yards shy of his first ever touchdown.
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The very next play Hayne was again handed the ball. But this time the Giants’ defensive line stayed solid. Hayne opted to smash into the wall of Giants defenders, managing an extra rushing yard, but alas, still 2 yards short of the end zone.
As for the next play, I’m sure every Australian will agree that San Francisco’s Offensive Coordinator, Geep Chryst, clearly made an error. Hayne was removed from the field in a decision which was obviously made out of some sort of spite towards Australians.
As a consequence the Australian government should seriously consider trade sanctions. Did he not understand that every Australian was on the edge of their seat with Hayne being so close to a touchdown?
(It should be noted that the next play did result in a touchdown…but clearly Hayne should be give most of the credit for this despite not being on the field.)
Later in quarter we got back to some Aussie on Aussie action when Brad Wing made a massive 55 yard punt which was returned by Hayne.
With the punt landing close to the sideline, Hayne side stepped a Giants gunner and found passage to avoid another two tackles. Hayne gained 16 yards before hitting the deck.
Rating: Jarryd Hayne – Hayne Nearly Scored a Touchdown. Hayne Nearly Scored a Touchdown. Hayne Nearly Scored a Touchdown. Hayne Nearly Scored a Touchdown. Hayne Nearly Scored a Touchdown.
4 out of 5
Rating: Brad Wing – It may be all about the Hayne Plane at the moment, but Brad Wing is by far the most consistent Aussie. Although not required much this week, he is still on top of the league for inside 20 punts and he added to his tally this game.
3 out of 5
Punting – It’s What Aussies in the NFL Do Best
Whilst Brad Wing is our most consistent performer, this week Jordan Berry showed us why he took Wing’s place as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ punter.
Berry made 8 punts during the game against the San Diego Chargers – 6 of which landed inside the 20 yard line, and three of those landed inside the 5 yard line.
Jordan Berry's punts tonight have landed at the 16, 24, 11, 19, 7, 4 & 5.
Putting on an absolute punting clinic. #ProkickAustralia
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That @JBerryEKU has quite the leg.
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Jordan Berry should be making more headlines in Australia's fledging NFL media.
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This helped the Steelers win a tightly fought game. With only five seconds left to play the Steelers found themselves on the one yard line and three points behind. But Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell, forced through the Chargers defensive line for a touchdown and to win the game.
Rating – We’re finally seeing what the Steelers saw in Berry. But it’s also the first game were Berry has had a good opportunity to show his punting ability. A few more games like this and he’ll certainly give Wing a run in the league rankings.
4 out of 5
But Wait – An Aussie Did Score a Touchdown!
It wasn’t in the NFL, but it is the next best thing.
Georgia Tech senior and defensive tackle Adam Gotsis has been making an impact in the NCAAF. And this week he scored his first ever touchdown.
When a snap by the Clemson Tigers went high and slipped through the fingers of their quarterback, the Georgia Tech defence scurried at the opportunity. And despite the Tigers nearly recovering the ball right on the end zone, the weight of a Georgia Tech defender again caused the ball to pop out. This was pounced on by Gotsis and gave him his first ever touchdown.
Gotsis was good in what was an otherwise terrible day for Georgia Tech. On top of his touchdown Gotsis contributed with 8 tackles. However, Georgia Tech was smashed by Clemson 24-43 and has not lost four in a row.
Rating – It’s hard to deny a touchdown, and 8 tackles is also worth a lot.
4 out of 5