English international and Harlequins star Mike Brown isn’t always the most popular player with opposition fans.
Known for being extremely hard-headed and provocative, the full-back is vehemently loved by the English and often despised by the rest of the world but he showed another side to his game last weekend latest actions will have left them stunned.
Playing in the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday, Brown’s team crushed French side Agen, 54-22. With eight tries and seven conversions, it was a breeze for the Quins as they never truly looked challenged.
For Brown, it was his 300th appearance for the club and marked the occasion by showing his more noble side during the match.
Driving hard from a short pass right on the try line, Brown appeared to touch the ball down and referee Ian Davis blew the whistle to award a try.
In a great show of sportsmanship, however, full-back Brown immediately interjected: “No try.”
The surprised-looking referee responded: “No try? It’s knocked forward, ok, go back for the penalty.”
Since then the clip has done the rounds on social media, with many praising the Englishman for his conduct.
Always a source of controversy, however, many have been less-than-complimentary of Brown’s actions, stating that the only reason he admitted to the knock-on was that it would have not got past the TMO once reviewed anyway.
Nevertheless, the admittance of the knock-on earned praise from Brown’s teammates and kept the game flowing smoothly, without the need for a review.
Whichever side you’re on, though, Mike Brown undoubtedly remains one of England and Harlequins prized assets, and with 300 matches under his belt, he is a highly experienced and valuable player.