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Friday Feb 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.

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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.

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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.

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