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Friday, September 11, 2009

Classic Encounter - Wallabies vs Springboks World Cup Semifinal 1999

On one of the most sensational weekends of Rugby ever seen, the Semi Finals of the 1999 World Cup will always be remembered for the drama of the French upsetting New Zealand, and the day before that, this classic encounter between Australia and South Africa at Twickenham.

Without a doubt one of the most enthralling matches I myself have personally ever witnessed, the Boks vs the Wallabies in '99 for a place in the World Cup Final was packed with unbelievable tension, physicality, and a famous kick from the man you'd least expect it from.

A thrilling contest, Matt Burke and Jannie De Beer ruled with the boot as they exchanged kicks for goal throughout the action packed match.

De Beer, who was chief destroyer with his drop kicks against England in the Quarter Final, slotted a penalty under immense pressure with time up on the clocks.

The match went into extra time as the world watched to see what would unfold next. It was non-other than Stephen Larkham who changed the course of the tournament’s history breaking the deadlock, knocking the wind out of the Bok sails.

Larkham, one of the best running flyhalfs ever to play, slotted an incredible 48 meter drop goal to win the match for the Wallabies, sending them into the final against France, which they won easily.

Thinking back, it’s still hard to believe no tries were scored because it was a truly great game of rugby that seemed to have it all.

Time: 03:39



  • What a match!

    'Dont do it Bernie!' lol

    Gutting for SA fans, but NZ losing the next day made it okaaay :P

    By Anonymous FrankyH, at September 11, 2009 1:19 pm  

  • Semi-finals are often the best matches of any sporting tournament (unless you're a kiwi...).

    This was Tim Horan's match if it was anyone's. This tournament (and specifically this game) confirmed him as a great one rather than just a very good one.

    By Blogger Kerivoula, at September 11, 2009 1:33 pm  

  • That Dropgoal was sheer madness.
    What a kick...

    By Anonymous Ben, at September 11, 2009 1:35 pm  

  • awesome - thanks RD

    any chance of seeing the win against France in the final ?

    By Anonymous Tom, at September 11, 2009 2:53 pm  

  • I have never seen a pass as far forward as the one to Roff at 2:04. It was like 3 meters forward!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 11, 2009 3:24 pm  

  • lol yeah that was mad forward, luckily the ref was scooting out of the way with his back turned and missed it completely. Was that a young, distraught Percy at the end there?

    That was some fantastic rugby from the Wallabies though, shame they can't produce like that anymore without getting in eachothers way or dropping the ball...cheeky from Gregan too, chuckin the ball at that poor blokes head.

    Great post RD, normally I don't care too too much for older stuff, but if it's epic (RWC or other playoff matches at least) it's definitely a fun watch.

    What's that song name btw?

    By Anonymous otter, at September 11, 2009 5:02 pm  

  • song
    fatboy slim -praise you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 11, 2009 5:45 pm  

  • Does anyone know who the commentator here is? He's absolutely brilliant.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at September 11, 2009 11:01 pm  

  • Funny how so many of the Australian passes were forward... don't hear us complaining about the ref though, do you ALL BLACK fans?

    Notice how all the South African players are smiling after the match, even though they got kicked out of the world cup. That's a sign of true men, not this sniveling bs the All Blacks do.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 11, 2009 11:40 pm  

  • An impartial comment there anonymous. I wonder where you're from.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2009 12:26 am  

  • Watched this game in France and have a great memory of the French commentators call on de Beers very difficult penalty at full time.

    "Bravo Jannie De Beer!"

    Brilliant moment from a brilliant game.

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at September 12, 2009 12:50 am  

  • 'otter', thats a lie, Percy was never young. His name is Percy for crying out loud.

    By Anonymous Huh!! the 3rd, at September 12, 2009 1:51 am  

  • Whenever I watch this footage, I think back to the 2007 world cup, When England knocked Australia out... Larkham breaking down and crying... I then whisper to myself... JUSTICE

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2009 7:04 am  

  • LOL - At the above!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2009 1:58 pm  

  • Yip that's percy at the end, his time came later though (2007!!)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 12, 2009 1:59 pm  

  • lol @ the Justice comment ;)

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at September 13, 2009 9:40 am  

  • those 2 semi in 1999 were absolutely remarkable and just wonderful for
    -the ozzies
    -the frenchies
    -the rugby fans all over the world

    with intensities, forward pass, gr8 kicks, saving tackles, etc ..BUT 2 wonderful games to live 4 ever !!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 13, 2010 11:36 am  

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