Rugby World Cup 2019: TJ Perenara's 'unbelievable' try considered 'greatest' of all time

Halfback TJ Perenara's spectacular corner try during the All Blacks' thrashing of Namibia is being crowned by some as the try of the tournament - and possibly one of the best ever.

With only minutes left, Perenara pushed the All Blacks further ahead of minnows Namibia in Japan on Sunday night, racing down the field and grounding the ball, as he was tackled from the side. 

The play was given the thumbs up from the TMO and the score jumped to 71-9.

The incredible try saw a normally taciturn Steve Hansen cheer with a fist pump, while assistant coach Ian Foster could be seen clapping, with a big smile on his face.

But the most overwhelming praise was found on social media, where fans went nuts for Perenara and the stylish try.

"Unbelievable try, the best hands in world rugby," said one fan.

"TJ Perenara’s try has to be there for try of the tournament," said another. 

One person on Twitter referred to it as "freakish" and "heart-stopping", while one went as far to say it wasn't just the greatest try of the tournament, but the best ever.

"Well that was the greatest try of all time," the fan wrote on Twitter. "TJ Perenara proves magic is real." 

Perenara's teammate Beauden Barrett, who sat out Sunday's game, posted on Instagram, celebrating the point scorer.

"That was something else," Barrett said, with a picture of the pair.

Perenara replied with a fire emoji and "My dawg". Ardie Savea also posted some fire emojis.

The official Rugby World Cup account called it "one incredible try".

The All Blacks account on Twitter said it was a "miracle finish".

"That was special."

Commenting on a photo Perenara posted on Instagram, Newshub's Mike McRoberts said the try "had my whanau jumping around the living room".

In the international media, the try also got a few special mentions. The Guardian's Robert Kitson said it was "spectacular". The Irish Examiner questioned "will we see a better try than this at [the Rugby World Cup]?

"TJ Perenara finished the move superbly, grounding from what seemed like an impossible angle inches from the touchline, but the build-up play was no less impressive," the paper reported.

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