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Reece Hodge has got a cannon of a kick.
Seriously, the bloke can absolutely launch it with one stroke of his right boot.
And while his latest attempt didn't quite land between the posts, its sheer power and distance has left fans salivating at the mouth.
Hodge was on the brink of writing his name into Australian sporting folklore over the weekend after his 55-metre kick in the dying embers of the Bledisloe Cup agonisingly hit the post.
And it was the very top of the post for that matter.
:straight_ruler: A game of inches....
MORE: https://t.co/mnxYGubX34#BledisloeCup #NZLvAUS pic.twitter.com/b2jnQ1ymO0
- RUGBYcomau (@rugbycomau) October 11, 2020
With the hotly-contested game between the Wallabies and All Blacks locked at 16-16, Hodge had the chance to end his country's 19-year drought without a win on New Zealand soil.
The 26-year-old had only been on the field for a matter of minutes when he was called upon to kick the winning penalty in front of the passionate, partisan Kiwi crowd.
The conditions weren't exactly in his favour, either.
It was cold, windy and wet in Wellington but Hodge looked calm and composed as he prepped himself for the kick.
The crowd went dead silent as he lined up the ball in his own half.
Then it happened.
An absolute cannon of a kick from Hodge. Look where he launched from and it hit three quarters of the way up the post. Insane. #BledisloeCup pic.twitter.com/sXQN9vf4TU
- James McKern (@jLmcKern) October 11, 2020
Everyone's eyeballs followed its movements as the ball sailed effortlessly through the air.
While it had all the distance, unfortunately for Hodge (and us Aussie fans) the mammoth kick didn't quite have the right aim as it came ricocheting off the right post.
The Wallabies somehow recovered possession but the All Blacks quickly turned it over and launched their own attack.
With the Aussies on the back foot, James O'Connor took matters into his own hands and kicked the ball into touch - a move that didn't sit well with the home fans.
Replays of Hodge's kick quickly emerged on the giant big screen showing just how close he came to winning the game for the visitors - the shocked reactions of the Wallabies players painted a picture too.
And it wasn't long before fans and rugby union experts flocked to social media to share their thoughts on the incident.
That moment Reece Hodge's penalty struck the post. #NZLvAUS #BledisloeCup pic.twitter.com/bJHcPZe3u6
- Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) October 11, 2020
Reece Hodge going full Francois Steyn Rugby 2008 mode
Ball looks like it would carry 75-80m#NZLvAUS pic.twitter.com/uRZL8PRkrW
- Colm Carter (@colmcarter) October 11, 2020
Everyone still talking about Reece Hodge and his eagerness to take the shot at goal from 55m + in wet and windy weather. https://t.co/ZyQsBHiyZS
- Reg Roberts (@RugbyReg) October 12, 2020
Wallabies sensational. No small feat matching those blokes over there in those conditions. That kick from Reece Hodge will be 75m in a decade or so. From a lapsed supporter.
- Sam Perry (@sjjperry) October 11, 2020
Feeling for Reece Hodge who was so close to being part of Rugby folklore. Feeling for AR Angus Gardner. Feeling for Reiko Ioane who butchered a try. Feeling for whoever should have made a drop goal attempt after the siren. It's sport .. anything can happen! Bring on next Sunday.
- Greg Clark (@greg_clarkie) October 11, 2020
Reece Hodge inside his own half and in the pouring rain. What an effort! :cold_sweat:
How good is sport in front of a crowd?!#BledisloeCup pic.twitter.com/bakk3NlVv9
- Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) October 11, 2020
Can we all take a moment to appreciate Reece Hodge, though?
A 55m penalty, game on the line, and he walks up nodding, essentially saying "give it to me".
Hits the post, but even to have the guts to do that.
Could've kicked it from 60m+ too, it seemed.
- The Loose Head (@TheLooseH) October 11, 2020
Let's scrap the second test and just have a Jordie Barrett vs Reece Hodge kick-off. He kicked the living you know what out of that.- Guy Heveldt (@GuyHeveldt) October 11, 2020
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