‘My first one that I’ve got!’ – Finn Russell nails his career first drop goal with his WEAKER foot

Jared Wright
Bath fly-half Finn Russell.

A career-first for Finn Russell as he nailed a drop goal in the Premiership clash against Sale Sharks.

Finn Russell has nailed his first drop goal in professional rugby and has done so with his weaker foot!

The Scotland international fly-half is renowned for his playmaking prowess and game management, but it is still somewhat surprising that he had never landed a drop goal until now.

Russell played a starring role in Bath’s 42-24 bonus point victory over Sale Sharks on Sunday as they moved up to second place in the Premiership standings.

Hot off the back of captaining Scotland at the Six Nations, Russell was in fine form as Bath ran in five tries in the win, denying Sale a single point from the fixture.

Finn Russell’s maiden drop goal

In the 65th minute of the match, Bath held a slender 27-24 lead over Sale and sent England centre Ollie Lawrence to the sin bin for a dangerous tackle.

However, that was not going to stop Russell, who threw a dummy on his ten-metre line and sprinted into Sale’s half of the pitch where he linked up with fullback Matt Gallagher as Bath go up to the Sale 22.

A few phases later, scrum-half Ben Spencer, threw a pass out to Russell, who decided that there was nothing else on in attack and opted to bag the three points.

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He cooly collected the ball and dropped it on to his left foot, his weaker kicking foot, and sent the ball sailing through the uprights for a career-first drop goal.

The three points extend Bath’s lead to 30-24 heading into the final 15 minutes of the encounter and which set the tone for the match’s closing stages.

From that point Johann van Graan’s side dominated proceedings with Tom Dunn and Lawrence grabbing late scores with winger Joe Cokanasiga spilling the ball in a promising position and while on a hattrick.

Russell reacts

“That’s actually the first dropkick of my career,” Russell told TNT Sport after the match.

“I’ve tried before but that’s my first one that I’ve got!”

While it wasn’t the most pleasing-looking drop goal, Russell wasn’t too bothered, adding: “No one remembers how it looked, you know.”

“I looked at it just before, and we had penalty advantage, but then Spenny [Ben Spencer] went for the cross kick, and then that one came when there was not much going on.

“Ollie was still off [for the yellow card], and I thought ‘I might as well swing a leg and see how it goes’. So, thankfully, that one just got over. I think I touched the bar in the way, but it got there.”

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