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Friday, February 13, 2009

Scott Gibbs and that famous win over England in '99

Scott Gibbs and that famous win over England in '99

The Five Nations of 1999 will forever be remembered for the day that Wales beat England at Wembley in the most dramatic of circumstances. Welsh and Lions centre Scott Gibbs wrote his name in the history books, as a few seconds of brilliance turned him into a legend for all of time.

Ten years ago, the outstanding Millennium Stadium as we know it today was under construction, so, in a strange twist of events, Wales adopted Wembley Stadium, in England, as their home ground.

It was England, the visitors, who came to Wembley needed a victory to secure the Grand Slam. As you can see by this awesome video, it was all about Wales pre-match, and one had the feeling something special might happen.

England led the game right up till the end before one last Welsh lineout meant that the Welsh had a chance to create history.

A fantastic lineout followed, shortly before the little tank Scott Gibbs came barging through the line at great pace and a superb angle, beating English players with pure instinct before diving over the line for one of the greatest moments in rugby youre ever likely to see.

But it wasnt over yet, as record points scorer Neil Jenkins still had the conversion to take to seal the win. If there was ever a man youd want lining up for that kick though, Jenkins would be him, as he proved by calmly slotting the ball over as if he were on the training ground.

Wales won 32-31, taking the Grand Slam away from England, and handing Scotland the Five Nations Championship on points difference.

Former Scotland player and revered coach Jim Telfer was at home, watching the events from Wembley unfold on TV.

"I always liked that wee bugger Gibbs," he said.

Both the feature video and the try (on it's own) are posted below

Posted at 1:44 pm | 25 comments

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Anonymous February 13, 2009 4:20 pm

neil jenkins is the greatest kicker of all time. i cant imagine what the english were feeling after that. Losing not just the GS but the tournament to.

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Anonymous February 13, 2009 4:41 pm

The stuff of legend.

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opfazonk February 13, 2009 4:49 pm

true rugby history!thank you rugbydump!

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Anonymous February 13, 2009 6:35 pm

Nice steps from Gibbs

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Thurlers February 13, 2009 9:45 pm

I remember this like yesterday, being a scotland fan it pretty much capped off an incredible 5 nations for us. Any chance we could get some scotland highlights of that tournament - for once we actually played some amazing rugby!

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Anonymous February 13, 2009 9:54 pm

Oh jenkins is a ledgend mun, he is without a doubt my favourite and what i'd call the best kicker of all time.. without a doubt,Wilkinson was great in his day (and im using that as jenks and wilkinson are often compared, not out of welsh vs england rivalry) but i still think jenks was the best, not least because he was playing behind a crap welsh pack in a struggling welsh team while wilkinson had the best team of the time.i have this on a disk and i was gonna try and get it on youtube but i never got round to it! Glad it's up, it sends bloody shivers down my spine mun!

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Anonymous February 14, 2009 12:33 am

HA!Great stuff, thanks rugbydump!Well presented too =]

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Anonymous February 14, 2009 3:48 am

I'm actually Canadian and have Welsh ancestry. After a few trips back to Wales I finally looked up this try...I really didn't get it. It's not rare to see a Welshman stepping someone to score a try. This video finally showed me why this was such a great try. Love it! BRING ON ENGLAND!

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Jon February 14, 2009 10:46 am

lol at the most recent Anonymous. The video isn't about a 10 ya thick fucker it's about Scott Gibbs. The small mention was to Jenkins kicking the conversion. Well done on showing yourself up like a muppet. Not to mention the retired Jenkins is probably more likely to make it through a competative game than brittle Johnny is these days.

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geraint February 14, 2009 11:02 am

Jenkins = first man to ever reach 1,000 points at international level. And by playing for (at the time) a crap side too.Brilliant day, will never forget it. Hope today is just as special. COME ON CYMRU!!!

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Anonymous February 14, 2009 11:20 am

i know this should be about gibbs but in reference to the jenkins 1000 point thing above, i dont want to take anything away from jenkins as he was a great player and will always be held in high regard by others brits for the lions SA tour but i just thought it should be pointed out for jonny wilkinson that he reached 1000 points at a far younger age than jenkins and would have done it probably 3 years before had he not had every injury under the sun

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David February 14, 2009 12:02 pm

So....AnywayGreat try from scott gibbs, he had the nickname of 'Car crash' but the little wrecking ball showed some great footwork

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geraint February 14, 2009 12:17 pm

But got to remember that wilkinson played in a great side that won numerous six nations and a world cup, england won the vast majority of their games where as wales lost the vast majority yet jenkins still scored a huge amount of points. Both players are legends though so i'm not saying either one is better than the other, just that neil jenkins was a legend. Was just replying to the child that posted earlier though thats all. Wilkinson is/was world class though as most the time he seemed to win the games for england single handedly...which is why i hated seeing his name written down on an england team sheet. :D

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Anonymous February 14, 2009 1:20 pm

lets be honest, everyone knows it was so called 'brilliant' for two reason and that is because it was 1.beating england and 2.stopping them from getting the grand slam. its a shame england fucking annihalated pretty much everyone in the following years.

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Luke February 14, 2009 7:59 pm

I love seeing this try: Brings back a lot of memories for me.RE: Jenkins/Wilkinson... No doubt Jenkins was fantastic and will forever go down in Welsh folklore as a true legend.. But Wilko is possibly the best player to lace up a pair of boots (in my opinion). Certainly up there. As good as England's pack were, there's not many 10s that could match what Wilkinson contributed to them.

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Anonymous February 15, 2009 9:19 am

Was wilkinson able to lace up a pair of boots without getting injured?

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Anonymous February 15, 2009 11:21 am

Wilko's nothing without a decent pack in front of him

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Matt February 15, 2009 1:40 pm

To the Annonymous that posted jonny wilkinson that he reached 1000 points at a far younger age than jenkins and would have done it probably 3 years before had he not had every injury under the sunFebruary 14, 2009 1:20 PMThere are a lot more games played nowadays, within freindlies. and also it used to be the five nations when jenkins played. one game more in that tournement everyyear can mean a lot more points.Not dissing wilkinson hes a great kicer, but the matches add up.

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Quinten February 15, 2009 1:49 pm

Imagine how many points jenks would of had if he was behind the england forwards..... 2000? lol

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Anonymous February 15, 2009 5:10 pm

i think we all know that wilkinson contributed round the park far more than jenkins ever could with his robust defence and fantastic distribution. could jenkins have kicked that converion with his wrong foot? i know wilknison could have. however wilikinson does lack is the pace to make line breaks, making dan carter a better fly half in my opinion

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Don February 16, 2009 5:58 am

definitely awesomei know i'm not a welsh fan but i know good game when i see it...and like someone said, that's a stuff of legend.thanks rd.

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manlove February 16, 2009 12:48 pm

haha @ charvis the man lover LOL

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Anonymous February 17, 2009 11:55 am

of course wilkinson was guna kick a lot of points, england have never and cud never play running rugby, they just kick their way through matchs and are so boring!

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delboy March 27, 2009 1:25 pm

Im an irishman but gotta say scott gibbs was one of my favourite players growing up. His power and lines were brilliant!

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Anonymous February 06, 2011 8:48 pm

RIP Stuart Cable

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