Luciano Orquera kicks one of the nine successful penalties in his record breaking performance.
Luciano Orquera of Aironi created a new goalkicking record in their pre-Christmas Italian derby game against Treviso. Aironi ran out 27-13 winners at the Stadio Zaffanella with Orquera scoring all the points with 9 successful penalty kicks at goal out of 9 attempts.
This is the highest number of penalty goals by one player in a game in the 11 year history of the RaboDirect PRO12 competition. Orquera joins exalted company in his achievement moreover – Diego Dominguez kicked 9 penalties out of 9 for Stade Francais in the 2001 Heineken Cup Final, as did Thierry Lacroix for Perpignan in the same competition, both against Leicester. Simon Mannix of Gloucester achieved the same feat in the Premiership in 2000 as has Andrew Mehrtens twice at test level. Mention must also be given of Chris Paterson's achievement in kicking 8 penalties and 2 conversions out of 10 attempts in September 2009.
Orquera’s achievement further boosts the very strong goalkicking statistics across the board so far this season in the RaboDirect PRO12 with the new Rhino Vortex Elite ball. Currently the Rhino Golden Boot Award table is headed by Leinster duo Fergus McFadden and Jonathan Sexton with 95.24% and 86.96% success rate respectively. They are followed by Ronan O’Gara of Munster with 84.21%, Rhys Priestland of Scarlets with 83.33% , Duncan Weir of Glasgow with 82.46% and Greig Laidlaw of Edinburgh with 80.36%. Orquera’s achievement has helped his move into seventh place with 79.17%. Rhino is absolutely delighted with these statistics and with the universally positive response the Vortex Elite ball has received generally.
Luciano Orquera of Aironi:
“Sono stato contentissimo di realizzare 9 calci su 9 durante il derby contro Treviso prima di Natale perché ci ha permesso di centrare una vittoria importante. Ho scoperto solo il giorno dopo di aver realizzato un nuovo record assoluto nella storia del RaboDirect PRO12. Il nuovo pallone Rhino Vortex mi ha permesso di esprimermi al meglio, anche in condizioni meteo non ottimali. E’ un piacere da calciare”.
"I was delighted toscore 9 out of 9 penalty kicks during the derby game against Treviso before Christmas because it meant achieving an important win. I only found out the day after the game that I had made a new kicking record in the RaboDirect PRO12. The new Rhino Vortex allowed me to be at my best, even in poor weather conditions. It is a pleasure to kick".