Holmes? speed is undeniable: coach

By GERARD WALSH

BRAD Monk coached Wallabies forward Greg Holmes for five years in athletics and wasn't surprised when the big man from Allora sped away from the Irish on Saturday night for one of the greatest tries scored by a prop. With the game in the balance, Holmes picked up a ball on the edge of the ruck near half-way to race away in the Wallabies' 37-15 win against Ireland at Subiaco Oval. "I was quite impressed with how he maintained his pace, but it was starting to test him by the 50-metre mark," Monk said. Monk coached Holmes in discus, shot put and hammer and was rewarded when the Allora boy returned from the Youth Commonwealth Games at Edinburgh in 2000 with a silver medal in shot put. "Before training in field events, we would do a few running drills," Monk said. When asked what speed Holmes could run 100 metres, Monk suggested 13 seconds. Monk is delighted Holmes' success and that of another of his former students, Deborah Lovely, who won a gold medal in weightlifting in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Holmes' father Keith, at home watching on television, was confident the Reds prop could make it to the try line when he broke away. "He set a few school sprint records at Allora in years 2-3 and always ran in the relays," Keith said. "Greg was pretty quick but was never going to make it as a sprinter." The Wallabies will travel to Christchurch in New Zealand next week, ahead of the first Bledisloe Cup game on July 8.



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