Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 02:31 AM


Plenty of water has gone under the bridge since legendary Australian fly-half Stephen Larkham’s 48-metre drop goal in the World Cup semi-final in 1999.

With the scores locked at 21-21 in the dying stages of a World Cup classic, Larkham stepped up. He had never slotted a field goal in his Wallabies jersey before.

His opposite number, Jannie de Beer, had already kicked one kicked one for the Boks – the eighth in his 13-Test career, after burying an astounding five against England in the preceding quarter-final.

But Larkham, the natural, took the gamble from near halfway and absolutely drilled it.

Those three points versus South Africa at Twickenham saw the Wallabies go-ahead 24-21. Eventually they won 27-21, booking a date with the French in the final.

There have been drop goals since, but none as significant as Larkham’s.

Australia would go on to soundly beat France, claiming the World Cup.

[YouTube – World Rugby]

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