Will Jordan continues incredible try-scoring record
All Blacks wing Will Jordan demonstrated to the rugby world again in Saturday's Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship 35-20 win over South Africa at Mt Smart Stadium why he is such a crucial contributor.
Not only did he continue to build his record of a try a Test, with 22 in 22 games, but he also showed why he is such an asset in assists for teammates, never better demonstrated than in the recovery he made after being tackled, playing the ball, finding space and then giving halfback Aaron Smith a gem of a pass to open the scoring on Saturday.
Jordan was everywhere and consistently a player the Springboks were unable to contain.
He said, "I think a bit of it was the way the game went.
"Fozzie [coach Ian Foster] has been keen for me to try to get in the middle of the park as much as possible from the wing.
"I was able to do that a couple of times, and I was eager to make an impact and not just sit out on my wing...It is good of Foz to give me the licence to do that.
"I thought we varied our game well with our kicking, our running and big boys going through the middle which set us up to test them out wide."
"I loved being back out there, loved the competition. I missed it while I was away.
"There was a few nerves. When you've been away for a while, there's always those natural little jitters. [I was] eager to make an impact after so long away, so to spot a couple of gaps and go through, it was a bit of a confidence-booster early on."
As for his second-half try, on the end of a Beauden Barrett chip to the corner, it won't rank among the more spectacular of his tries.
It wasn't my most clinical finish, but I'll take the five points. It went straight into the lights, so I wouldn't necessarily say completely under control. It was a bit of a juggle.
"Joe Schmidt's been huge around balancing our game up a bit, with the kicking stuff, with his background from the northern hemisphere and how they play that game, has been great. We've got a clear identity around how we want to play, and it's exciting for the boys.
Jordan offered more on the migraine condition he has suffered.
"It's not really an issue on the field, to be honest. It's just more about managing it day-to-day. During Super Rugby I played, once I came back, seven of the last eight games, so I think I've had a pretty good run since we've been on top of it. I'm in a good place at the moment."
Jordan’s try against South Africa lifted him to 22 Test tries at the incredible strike rate of one try per Test. The All Blacks all-time leading try-scorer is Doug Howlett with 49 tries from 62 Tests.