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May pensive on try that got away

27th February 2014 15:22


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Excited: Jonny May

Jonny May admitted he was not too hard on himself after narrowly missing scoring his first Test try for England on Saturday.

After a smart jink and step, May looked set to dot down in the corner as his side ran out 13-10 victors over Ireland at Twickenham, but the ball was pried from his grasp inches from the grounding thanks to the defensive heroics of Conor Murray.

"I hadn't seen him [Murray] and that's why I thought I had scored it but obviously on the replay he arrives in the last second and knocks it out of my hand," May told The Rugby Blog.

"I did all the hard work. I beat the last defender, got over the line and was just putting it down. I didn't drop it, I was in the clear, but lesson learned - I have to look after the ball better. It would have been great to score at Twickenham but hopefully I'll get another opportunity.

"It could have easily got in my head and affected my game but I was really pleased with the way I performed. It was still good initial work to get over the line and I just wanted to give everything for the team for the rest of the match."

The Gloucester winger has been in electric domestic form for the Cherry and Whites, and his dazzling feet and slippery knack of thwarting would-be tacklers has seen him enjoy an impressive start to his international career.

And though England have been criticised for not scoring enough tries so far in this year's tournament, May is loving life on the Test stage.

"I'm really enjoying it. I've definitely proved to myself that I can handle it," added May.

"It's a huge test and you've got to believe in yourself and play the way you want to play. I haven't gone into my shell in any game.

"We're playing against international defences and it's not easy to score tries. The stat before the Scotland game was that only one try had been scored in Murrayfield in England - Scotland ties in the last ten years. At international level your attack needs to be firing to break down defences."

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