“The big moment of that game, I remember it well, James Ryan was playing and he went to Bill Johnston and was like, ‘stick the restart on (Welsh number 8) Harrison Keddie’. James tore after it, hit him man and ball, got a knock-on and I think we scored a couple of phases later. That was one moment that really stood out for me in that game and then I think we got on the front foot then.”
It was Ireland's opening match the 2016 Junior Rugby World Championship, and after just 20 minutes we were 17-0 down. Ryan was skipper and issued the order described above by Keenan while the team was under the posts waiting for the conversion after the third Welsh try.
Unfortunately I can't retrieve the Vine I posted of that moment but below you can see a similar inspirational smash from the lock that helped us not only to victory that day, but on a path to the final which included a victory over the Baby Blacks in the next match.
James Ryan's ability to get off the line and win yards for his team is always impressive. Huge defensive appetite. pic.twitter.com/Q2RuZZHRgQ— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) June 8, 2016