'Pretty special moment': Lynagh reflects on dream Wallabies debut

Sat, Jul 6, 2024, 12:00 PM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson

Wallabies playmaker Tom Lynagh could barely hide the excitement after making a dream Test debut in the win over Wales.

Lynagh delivered a poised performance off the bench in the 25-16 victory in Sydney to start Joe Schmidt's tenure on a high note.

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"It's a pretty special moment, not just for myself but all the boys involved, whether it is their first game or 100th," he said on the post-game coverage.

"Lost to take from that and go into next week."

"...I tried to stay calm and finish off the game, Noah (Lolesio) and the rest of the boys put us in a good position to win there so it was my job to finish it off."

Lynagh did just that, delivering the perfect ball to set up Tom Wright's magic solo try from inside his own half.

From here, The Reds playmaker slotted the important conversion to push the lead behind a converted try.

"I was pretty calm. I had a good couple of kicking sessions this last week. That gave me a lot of confidence," he said on the conversion.

"(Tom Wright) did all the work so credit to him, what a great try."

Lynagh was one of several debutants who made a real impact in the win, with seven new Wallabies capped on Saturday.

Lock Jeremy Williams got through a ton of work in both attack and defence to go with a key turnover whilst Josh Flook was solid defensively in the midfield.

Off the bench, Charlie Cale came up with a crucial lineout steal with Wales on the attack, joined by the brutal defence of Isaac Kailea and Angus Blyth.

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