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Corry reveals cuddly toy regret
8 June 2005 16:51pm
Martin Corry harbours one big regret from his debut as British & Irish Lions captain - he forgot the cuddly toy.
But he was so focused on the physical battle which awaited him against Taranaki that he forgot all about it and left the Lions' team manager Louise Ramsay holding the toy.
"I was so pumped up when I ran out there that I must have run straight past her," said Corry.
"When we were lining up for the song and the anthem I saw her standing there with it and I realised I'd forgotten it.
"It was a big shame. If that is the one and only time I captain the Lions then it will be a huge regret because it was something I was looking forward to.
"I was just glad for the game to kick off because I had made such a mess of things up to then."
On the field things went little better for a while. Taranaki's pack outplayed the Lions in the first half and the home side reached the interval leading 7-6.
But the Lions kept their patience and their shape and embarked on a magnificent run of 30 unanswered points, sparked by Corry's try in the corner.
Shane Horgan crossed and Geordan Murphy scored twice as the Lions recorded the second win of their tour.
"It was a great honour. When you look back at games when you are captain the most important thing is how well the team played and the result at the end of the day," said Corry.
"So the most pleasing thing for me is that second-half performance and getting that vital victory."
Corry dived over in the corner off a pass outside from Charlie Hodgson but was tackled by Taranaki hooker Andrew Hore.
The pair bundled into touch as Corry put the ball down and it was very difficult to see which of them had made contact with the corner flag.
The television match official eventually ruled a tight decision in the Lions captain's favour.
"Wingers always know instinctively if they have scored, but I didn't have a clue," said Corry.
"I don't know if that was the turning point, but we were certainly getting on top of them and the scores would have come."
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