Wanderers Wolves player Bryce Taylor swan-dives to score a try at Lord Rutherford Park in Brightwater on Saturday. Photo: Chris Symes/Shuttersport.

Swan-dive caps off match winning performance.


Wanderers Wolves fullback Bryce Taylor may have scored two tries and kicked two goals and the match-winning field goal against the Anchor Engineering Tahunanui Tigers on Saturday but all he has been hearing about this week is “the dive”.

And that’s hardly surprising with Shuttersport photographer Chris Symes’ shot showing Bryce getting some very serious air time as he flew across the line for his first half try.

“I didn’t want anyone to catch me so I just dived for the corner,” Bryce says. “I just wanted to go for it.”

Although Bryce says he has been getting lots of positive feedback about the dive, he is expecting a bit of stick from his team-mates at training this week. “It’s been all over Facebook and got quite a few Likes.

All the guys were positive about it after the game and they’re stoked it made the headlines although it will probably be very different at training.

Bryce says he was already been getting a hard time from his teammates anyway because, up until Saturday, he was “just about the only back who hadn’t scored a try this season”.
Saturday’s game was also the first time Bryce has kicked a field goal since he started playing rugby league last season.

“I got the ball about 20 metres out and someone yelled at me ‘go for it’. I didn’t know whether he meant run or kick a field goal so I kicked and it went over. – it was a great effort by the whole team to win.”

Bryce scored again in the second half to help Wanderers record a 29-28 win at Lord Rutherford Park to retain their unbeaten record in the Tasman Rugby League senior club competition.
Wanderers play Victory Phoenix at Brightwater Domain at 2:30pm this Saturday while Tahunanui Tigers play the Richmond Rabbits at the Tahunanui Domain.