26th March 2020, 14:01 | 125

#RFL125 Greatest Try Contender | Chris Joynt

And it's wide to west

The latest #RFL125 poll is now live and voting is open for the Greatest Try! 

There are five classic tries up for selection and next on the list is St Helens’ crazy team effort which saw Chris Joynt finish after the ball had gone ‘Wide to West’.

The Game

St Helens and Bradford Bulls were battling it out at Knowsley Road in the 2000 Super League Play-Offs. The winners would move on to the semi-final stage but would be given an ‘extra-life’ under the five-team play-off system.

St Helens Head Coach Ian Millward had guided his side to a 2nd place finish in the Super League regular season finishing just three points behind League Leaders Wigan Warriors. The Saints amassed 46 points, losing just five of their 28 league fixtures in 2000.

As for the Bulls, they finished 3rd with 43 points under Head Coach Frank Endacott. Bradford trailed by St Helens by three points at the end of the regular season despite also only losing five league games; three draws had cost Bradford 2nd spot as they had the best attack in the competition. 

Jamie Peacock had given Bradford the lead in the first half but, despite having Joynt sent to the sin-bin, Saints fought back to take the lead with tries from Sean Hoppe and Tommy Martyn. 

However, Bradford looked to have won the game following a brilliant Leon Pryce try and Henry Paul’s drop-goal.

The Try 

St Helens were in possession as the clock wound down to zero and it looked as if Bradford were about to progress in the 2000 Super League play-offs.

The hosts had one play in which to try and turn the tide and as Paul Sculthorpe played the ball, they needed to go 80 metres to the Bulls try-line.

Sean Long’s cross-field kick found the hands Kevin Iro before Steve Hall, Sean Hoppe and Tim Jonkers all touched the ball before returning to maverick half-back Long.

The Great Britain international took the ball to the Bradford defensive line and found Dwayne West on the flank who managed to skip past two defenders before finding Joynt on the inside. 

Joynt would race the final 40 metres to send Knowsley Road and the Sky Sports commentary team into meltdown. 

The Commentary 

“Sculthorpe wants to get on with it, Bradford counting down, this is the last play! Long, kicks it wide, to Iro. Iro… to Hall. Hall is trapped. Back it goes… to Hoppe, over the shoulder to Hall. There is Jonkers, here is Long. And Long fancies it, Long fancies it! It's wide to West, it's wide to West! Dwayne West! Inside to Joynt! Joynt, Joynt, Joooynt! Oh! Oh! Fantastic! They've won it, they've won it!”

 

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