Sublime tap-tackle from Wales star gets David Attenborough treatment

A sublime tap-tackle, lively pace and a Sir David Attenborough voiceover? What’s not to love?

Video footage of a gorgeous ankle tap from Wales and Bristol Bears scrum-half Keira Bevan has been attracting plaudits since the moment against Harlequins on Saturday. As the ball makes a quick exit from a scrum for Quins scrum-half Lucy Packer to seemingly race away unmarked, Bevan darts around the scrum and, consigned to not catching up with the England international, managed to bring her down thanks to an outstretched arm and perfect timing.

The footage from the Allianz Premier 15s top-four clash – captioned “hunted down in Bear country” – has been given the dubbing treatment on social media, with a clip of none other than David Attenborough narrating the moment. “Too lightweight to jump on top, she must trip her prey,” he can be heard saying.

Bevan’s Wales team-mate, flanker Alex Callender, was a fan of the move – evidenced by her heart-face and ‘on fire’ emojis on the social media post – while former Wales captain Philippa Tuttiett believes we have plenty more to see from Bevan, who is one of Wales’ full-time professional dozen.

Tuttiett, who was commentating on Exeter Chiefs v Saracens for Premier 15s at the weekend, told Gist Vile: “In the Six Nations, I don’t actually think we got to see the best of her. We certainly got to see glimpses, especially with that last-ditch try against Italy. But she really is on her best when she’s playing on front-foot ball. That’s when you see her really sniping in attack.

“That’s going to be part of her development, being able to create that for the team as well with the development of her box-kicking. But when it comes to defence, I’ve played alongside her with Sevens as well when you really get to see the attitude of players because it’s just so hard and you’ve just got to keep going, and credit to her even when she was coming back from injury and you knew she was off the mark fitness-wise, she wouldn’t let it show when we were playing a game.

“That tap-tackle kind of epitomises that. Literally, that scrum-half had gone, there was nothing really anyone thought she could do but Keira just went for that dive and I think literally got a fingertip to her boot but completely affected the situation.

“In fairness to her, if you spoke to her afterwards about it, she probably wouldn’t even think it was that big a deal but obviously as you can see on social media everyone’s really impressed by it.

“There’s certainly more to come from Keira and I think her development at Bristol has been brilliant and the competition that she’s got there against England’s No. 9 for that jersey is just going to spur her on even further. Look out for her in the World Cup, she could definitely be a standout player for Wales.”

Read more: Keira Bevan and Josh Adams, the childhood play-mates who both grew up to play for Wales

Dave Ward’s Bristol side – which featured no fewer than eight Wales players in the matchday 23 – secured their place in the Premier 15s play-offs despite slipping to a 43-26 defeat to Quins in front of a record-breaking crowd of more than 4,000 at Ashton Gate.

Wales back-rower Manon Johnes – who we did not get to see during the Six Nations despite her being in the squad – touched down late on to secure the bonus point they needed to seal a top-four finish, while Jasmine Joyce also got on the scoreboard.


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