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Fans Are Losing Their Minds Over This Monster Reece Hodge Kick From His Own Half

Fans Are Losing Their Minds Over This Monster Reece Hodge Kick From His Own Half

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.

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And it was the very top of the post for that matter.

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.

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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.

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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.

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The All Blacks could breathe a sigh of relief. Credit: PA
The All Blacks could breathe a sigh of relief. Credit: PA

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.

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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.

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Max Sherry

Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.