Jamaica fullback Ben Jones-Bishop etched his name in the history books, scoring the Caribbean nation’s first ever World Cup try against the world’s No.1 ranked team, New Zealand.
The Reggae Warriors had to wait 155 minutes for the historic feat which saw the whole squad and trainers come together in the “best moment of the World Cup”.
Halfback Kieran Rush put a kick in which was left bobbling in front of Kiwis defenders, allowing Jones-Bishop to toe the ball forward and score.
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“It is there for Jamaica, have a look at the reaction, Ben Jones-Bishop, hold the front page of the Jamaican Post, there’s your front page story,” Voss said.
“Jamaica’s first ever try at a World Cup, and it goes to one of their greats, the man who has been there since day one… even the trainers are celebrating.”
“You go down in history as the first try scorer for Jamaica ever,” commentator Willie Poching added.
“No one more deserving for Jamaica, Ben Jones-Bishop, for what he has done for the game in Jamaica and the jersey and the sacrifices he has made.
“Really happy for Ben, wonderful try, great persistence.”
“Best moment of the World Cup, Ben Jones-Bishop gets to write his name in the rugby league history books with a try against New Zealand in a World Cup,” commentator Jordan Turner said.
The Reggae Warriors’ first four-pointer also came during a milestone match for Jones-Bishop who played his 300th game for Jamaica.
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The 34-year-old walked through a guard of honour when leaving the field as both New Zealand and Jamaica players and officials gave him a glowing reception.
“He is being honoured by both teams and how appropriate that he would score the try for Jamaica, lovely moment this,” Voss said.
“Let’s not get it wrong how hard it is to play 100 games in this sport, let alone 300, so pleased for him,” Turner said.
While Jones-Bishop was the man to score the historic try, he couldn’t be more proud of his team.
“It is surreal really, 300 games in the World Cup against New Zealand, it is great and I am just happy for the boys, we deserve something,” Jones-Bishop said.
“First half we really dug in and showed some heart and I am really happy we came away with a try.
“You are playing for a nation here where effort and hard work is a given, we have that in abundance.”
“It meant a lot, and I don’t know, I don’t have many words, it is a great feeling, I am just happy the hard work we put in we got a reward.
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Jamaica head coach Romeo Monteith also reflected on the nation’s road to the World Cup and how “special” it is for the Reggae Warriors to be competing in England.
“How lucky to score that try, I am very pleased with the performance, overall I am definitely happy with the energy and effort brought by the boys,” Monteith said.
“From day one when we started this project, it was about doing something special, just being in this World Cup is very special to us.
“We have been trying for years to get here, two failed qualifying attempts, now that we are here it is really a dream come true.”
“You couldn’t have written a better script, lovely for Ben to get that try, brilliant game from fullback.
“I am very happy for Ben, happy he is playing for Jamaica.”