VIDEO: 'Every forward's worst nightmare'
Kick tennis is a part of rugby that many spectators, and even players, do not necessarily like, but begrudgingly accept that it is part of the modern game.
As much as the laws are tweaked to try and encourage keeping the ball in hand more, the idea of playing the game in the opponents’ half and trying to gain a territorial advantage is always a safer option. In inclement conditions, hoofing the ball as far away from your line seems even more alluring. However, it can sometimes go too far.
A Boxing Day encounter between the Bedford Blues and Jersey Reds at Goldington Road in the RFU Championship saw a sequence of kick tennis that would have left even the most enthusiastic fans yawning after a long Christmas.
This was shared by the Championship on Twitter, who wisely decided that the clip required the Benny Hill theme added to it. Jersey got what they wanted in the end though with Bedford knocking on in their own 22, showing the benefit of kick tennis.
Every forward’s worst nightmare 🙈@BedfordBluesRFC @jerseyrfc #ChampRugby 🎾 pic.twitter.com/9Oq5JN0vcy
— Championship Rugby (@Champrugby) January 6, 2022
Source: @Rugbyonslaught (@kick_francis)