I can run, not fast, and I really don’t know if Julian Savea could have made the try on his own down the right hand side running hard up against two Rebels’ players.
But I couldn’t help but notice the difference between him and Ben Lam on the other wing that night.
Savea for all money looked like he could…should!…make it. He glanced and in that millisecond he knew he wouldn’t make it. So did we. Went infield, into contact, and the try was not to be. The Hurricanes still won, so it didn’t really matter.
But I suspect it matters to Savea. Score those sorts of tries and it’s game on for the All Blacks Jersey.
Greatness is tested for all of us at moments that we can’t predict. We can plan, practice and strategise but when the moment arrives, the test is upon us. For ordinary people it might be the response to a racist or inappropriate remark – stepping up immediately – to rebut and assert our ethical compass. Or it might be in a meeting where a client has unexpectedly declared the whole exercise futile, and someone needs to lead the response.
These are the moments that test us in the blink of an eye.
I bet we’ve all waivered and we carry that. But when we don’t we know. And so do others.