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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Shane Williams Testimonial Highlights - Welsh XV vs World XV

Justin Marshall last night hailed Shane Williams’s high-scoring testimonial match as a fitting tribute to the Welsh wing wizard.

There were 19 tries in all during an end-to-end encounter at the Millennium Stadium, with Williams claiming the winning try for his Welsh XV in the closing stages.

Marshall, who skippered the World XV, said: “The key thing is the game reflected the way Shane plays. He’s a positive player who tries to create something every time he gets the ball.

“I think both teams entered into the spirit of the way he’s played rugby, so what we got was a really entertaining game and a tribute to an entertainer.

Speaking about William's late winning try, Marshall said: “I was coming across to absolutely smoke him, but it was typical Shane Williams, he did me like a kipper. I think it was very fitting.”

For those of you who don't understand Welsh, just listen out for the names as we see a tryfest that ended 65-57 to the Williams Grand Slam XV.

Shane’s team:
Shane Williams (2), Tom Shanklin (2), Jamie Roberts (2), Ian Gough, Dafydd James, Bradley Davies, Tom James
Justin’s team:
C Sweeney (3), Scott Morgan (2), B Foden, E Seveali’I, Filo Tiatia, Paul Emerick

Time: 08:40



  • Hah does anyone else think that for shanes first try that guy lined him up and was about to flatten him but then realised who it was and bottled it?

    By Anonymous Ieuan, at May 18, 2008 1:09 pm  

  • Wow, amazing match - loved the two tries near the middle, the full-field break where the defenders just gave up and then the mini-chargedown inside the 5m line.

    By the look of the scoreline, Wales missed that last conversion from in front of the posts but then got a penalty?

    By Blogger Rawling, at May 18, 2008 1:11 pm  

  • Is Shane going to leave rugby?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 18, 2008 1:57 pm  

  • Why was he having a testimonial?

    By Anonymous Richard, at May 18, 2008 2:09 pm  

  • that was welll welsh! he is not leaving, just raising money for when he does. check out the gas on foden, play fullback u fool

    By Anonymous martin, at May 18, 2008 2:20 pm  

  • I was there the best match I have ever seen.

    By Anonymous Huw, at May 18, 2008 3:05 pm  

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    By Blogger No.7, at May 18, 2008 3:39 pm  

  • i dont really understand this..... can someone explain what this match is all about?

    Lol looked like an amusing mtch, i heard a few laughs which i reckon the ref's mic picked up.

    Some very nice try's bein scored there looked like a good game!

    By Blogger No.7, at May 18, 2008 3:46 pm  

  • Was it not for a charity of William's choosing ?

    Looked like a fun game to be involved !

    Is it just me or does Welsh sound like the perfect language for Rugby ? Afrikaans seems pretty cool too

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at May 18, 2008 4:09 pm  

  • think the WRU have allowed him to put on a testimonial as a kind of thank you for what he's done for welsh rugby, they don't take it seriously. i think Scott Quinell got one as well at some point? along with other legends.
    they had a right laugh.

    By Anonymous David, at May 18, 2008 5:15 pm  

  • Liked how it was rigged for shane to score the winning try.

    As a legend he more than deserves a testimonial like this to allow us to thank him. The game was great fun

    By Blogger Rugby writing team, at May 18, 2008 5:39 pm  

  • And he still looks like he's about 15

    By Blogger decepti0n, at May 18, 2008 6:04 pm  

  • I was there, very entertaining game but not to be taken too seriously - deliberate missed tackles etc. It's a shame the end wasn't showed - after Shane's last try, all of Justin Marshall's team came on the pitch, 21 men against 15 before Shane's men came to the rescue. Very entertaining. It also didn't show that the try scorers, with the exception of the fly halves, had to take their own conversions!

    The reason Shane had a testimonial is because he's played 10 years for the same club (well Neath, then Ospreys when regionalisation came into play...) I think he deserves one - he's been one of the few players making Welsh rugby entertaining to watch every time he gets the ball.

    By Blogger Luke, at May 18, 2008 6:51 pm  

  • Shanklin should've scored a drop-goal instead of his first try, that would've been hilarious :P

    By Anonymous Kewne, at May 18, 2008 6:52 pm  

  • Brilliant stuff.

    am i alone in thinking Justin Marshal is an absolute legend?

    not many people who have done more for the game then that guy, in both NZ and Wales, and before that Leeds he gives 100% to where ever he is and has gone out of his way to fit in. I really hope he moves into coaching after he finishes playing. that or pundit.

    I just hope he doesn't try and move into something else, we need to keep him in the game once he finishes playing.

    Excellent for Williams as well, he certainly deserved a game like that a s his testimonial. one of my favorite players of all time, like marshal.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at May 18, 2008 9:18 pm  

  • LOL i didnt even know there was a Welsh language lol wow great game

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2008 1:50 am  

  • Went to the match n had about as much atmosphere n excitment as taking a dump!!!Can't believe i paid 15 spuds for a match containing zero big tackles n amatuerish defence!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2008 3:41 am  

  • lol no ieuan,
    that guy was a forward, like in the scotland game, a big guy lumbering towards a guy winger in full throttle. no chance:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 19, 2008 9:11 am  

  • ieuan,

    Shane has been such a mosquito over the years, it has to wrench at your gut (if you're a "big fella") to finally have a clean shot on such an elusive runner.

    only to know that it would be in bad taste to take it.

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at May 20, 2008 6:32 pm  

  • looks like a fun game!

    By Blogger Don, at May 22, 2008 2:53 am  

  • To the anonymous bloke who posted bout payin too much and borin game etc.
    1. if you went there expecting anything other than a game full of tries and half arsed tackling then that was pretty foolish. Was more or less the wales team, they wouldn't want any injuries (although they did get one, huw benett), and testimonial games are always like that anyway. Neil jenkins once had one that finished 80 - 80.
    And 2. why did you pay £15 when everybody else payed £10?

    By Anonymous geraint, at May 23, 2008 2:16 am  

  • great game
    i loved tom james try saving tackle and the long pass from stephen jones i think to the wing for the score
    nice to see such an open game!
    great vid rd

    By Anonymous welsh no.7, at June 04, 2008 8:06 pm  

  • marshall let shanes last try in

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 21, 2008 3:17 pm  

  • i love justin marshall xD
    he's a ledgend

    (from a welshman)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2008 12:55 pm  

  • by the way, it's dafydd jones, the welsh flanker, not dafydd james, the ex-welsh winger.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 14, 2009 12:33 pm  

  • It's like a Super 14 game only with harder tackling!


    By Anonymous Gavin, at April 24, 2009 12:03 am  

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