Crunch! The Most Brutal, Rib-Tickling Rugby Moment In 24 Years
It was the moment the rugby world stopped and gasped.
And Network 10's iconic rugby commentator Gordon Bray captured it perfectly, as you'd expect him to.
In the 49th minute of the incredible 47-26 Wallabies win over the All Blacks at a packed Optus Stadium in Perth on the weekend, the ball went to Queensland Reds inside centre Samu Kerevi, out on the left-wing.
Kerevi palmed off All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith like his opponent was made of cardboard.
But he was far from done. Next in line was Beauden Barrett, the All Blacks fullback. Make no mistake, Barrett can tackle. He wouldn't be in a key position for the world's best team if he couldn't.
Kerevi didn't care. At all.
The 25-year-old Fijian-born Wallaby ran straight at Barrett. And that's when it happened. Like a neighbourhood hoon approaching a speed hump, Kerevi effectively said: "What speed hump?"
Yep, he literally trampled his way straight over his opponent.
"He's doing His Jonah Lomu impersonation," Gordon Bray said -- and everyone who knew their rugby was thinking exactly the same thing.
Bray was, referring to the famous moment in the 1995 World Cup semi-final when the late great Kiwi winger Lomu made a mockery of England fullback Mike Catt -- who has since gone down in history as "that guy Jonah Lomu steamrolled'.
On that occasion, Lomu then had an open stroll to the tryline. But on Saturday night, Kerevi still had work to do. Somehow, he stayed in the field of play as one more defender loomed, passing to teammate Nic White who crossed to make the score 26-12. The Wallabies never looked in danger after that.
Network 10 rugby host Scott Mackinnon was in fine form himself when assessing the Kerevi moment in 10's highlights package (which you can watch here) when he ironically described the move as a "sidestep". Ha!
"Samu is in career-best form at the moment," Mackinnon told 10 daily after the match.
"He’s been shredding tackles for fun all season but this was his Lomu moment, reminiscent of Mike Catt getting steamrolled in the '95 World Cup. I could watch that clip over and over again."
Mackinnon was full of praise for the crowd atmosphere at the new Optus Stadium in the first-ever Bledisloe Cup encounter in Perth.
"Cracking night in Perth. The joint was absolutely heaving and the record crowd witnessed the best Wallabies performance in years," he said.
"The place went off at full-time with all the Aussie classics blaring over the loudspeakers. The fans, players and even us commentators were belting out Johnny Farnham's "You’re the Voice”. Even Daryl Braithwaite’s "Horses" got a run!"
Just quietly, we should all be glad that Scotty's singing didn't make its way into the coverage.
The Wallabies take on the All Blacks with the Bledisloe Cup on the line this Saturday night, August 17, at Eden Park, Auckland. Coverage is live and free on Network 10, your Rugby World Cup 2019 network.