I had to write this as I still can't quite believe it.
I have just downloaded and installed RTR and was playing the first few years as Roma in as realistic a fashion as possible. Made peace with the Gauls in the north and was busy subduing the rebel Italian towns to the south while keeping an eye on Pyrhhus and his huge army around Tarrentum. Anyway, the annoying Greek catches a steal on me and captures one of the rebel towns which provoked me into moving a legion south to screw up his supply lines to Tarrentum.
The upshot of some clumsy maneuvering of my part was that he suprised my Legion in a bottleneck between the toe and the heel of the island. Battle was joined with favourable omens.
Due to the will of the gods, I was able to deploy in open country in a checkerboard formation of classic velites, hastati, princepes and triarii. I was lucky to have 2 generals in attendence and an additional units of Italian cavalry, making a strong right wing of equites.
Poor old Pyrhhus deployed on the wrong side of a small wood and advanced through it to meet me. My skirmishers moved into the wood to harass and provoke him.
Low and behold, one of the velite units scurried in retreat back towards my large equite contingent which had moved up in support after being charged by Greek heavy cavalry. And there he was: Pyrhhus alone with his bodyguard on my side of the woods with no supporting units. I enveloped him with 3 times his numbers in heavy cavalry and within 10 seconds he was cut down on the field.
Not 5 minutes into the battle and the great Greek general was dead in a small puddle of Greek cavalry corpses all alone of the field of battle. The rest was a cake-walk.
How lucky was I?!