Geoff Parling is regarded as a quality second row, possibly a bit old school but a solid operator and someone was able to represent England at the top level. What he will never be regarded for is a playmaker and first receiver.
Parlin, now plying his trade down under for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby after making the move from the Exeter Chiefs, made an absolute howler against the Brumbies.
Taking the ball from the back of a ruck, Geoff decided that he would take on a cheeky grubber through. What happened was nothing of the sort. With the commentator Sean Maloney describing it “like a giraffe trying to kick a pebble” and he’s not far wrong.
The Rebels managed to complete a comeback from 21-10 down at the half time whistle.