Colchester’s Ollie Pickett wins February’s RFU Samsung Try of the Month competition
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Colchester back row Ollie Pickett’s powerful charge from inside his own half during the London 1 North leaders’ meeting with Romford & Gidea Park was the standout try in February’s Samsung Try of the Month competition.
The second-half score was chosen as the winner by former England and British and Irish Lions second row Martin Bayfield.
The double Grand Slam-winner said: “This try was something quite special. A restart fielded very well, the ball is recycled and they take it up nice and direct. There are some good hits coming in from Romford & Gidea – they’re not making this easy – but there’s a lovely ball out of contact and off goes Oliver Pickett.
“He’s dragged short but it doesn’t matter, he gets the arm over the line.”
Colchester are will now receive £1,000 worth of Samsung products.
The entry was submitted by Colchester senior head coach Anthony O’Riordan, and in a game that produced 14 tries, Pickett’s score stood out.
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O’Riordan said: “One thing we’ve been working on all season is not forcing a score but building one. Rather than relying on one-upmanship, we’ve been trying to bring together phases of play to build a score and I think that’s why the try stuck out for us.
“The way it was executed was quite seamless, it looked really natural and fluid.”
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He added: “Oliver’s a very influential player in the side, and a hard-hitting rugby player. He creates so many opportunities and he’s selfless. He offloads the ball and sets people up as opposed to taking the credit himself and putting the ball down under the posts.”
Pickett’s work on and off the ball was also typified earlier in the same game when he sent his brother Liam over in the corner to score and the pair were one of two sets of brothers to get on the scoreboard that day.
“On the day we had the Picketts and the Flexmans, Joe and Nick, who both scored, playing,” said O’Riordan.