FRANCE GO CRAZY

NZ Rugby World - - Editor's Top 10 -

You can take your pick of iconic mo­ments from the 1999 World Cup semi­fi­nal. There were so many to choose from.

France pulled o the great­est shock in World Cup his­tory when they scraped into the last four and were then ex­pected to be roundly whipped by the All Blacks. Every­thing was on track when the All Blacks led 24-10 at half­time but in the blink of an eye the game was rad­i­cally al­tered when the French went nuts.

Some­thing clicked and they were sud­denly scor­ing points at an in­cred­i­ble rate.

The come­back started with Christophe La­mai­son’s boot as he kicked penal­ties and dropped goals. Then it con­tin­ued with tries by Christophe Do­minici and Richard Dour­the.

Both of them were mem­o­rable, both of them will live long in the mem­ory. But per­haps the clincher, the mo­ment of all mo­ments was the try scored by Olivier Magne. A dropped ball was hacked through by La­mai­son and Magne, the glo­ri­ously lean and de­ter­mined open­side, had the pace to get there first and hack through for wing Philippe Ber­nat-Salles to get there first and en­sure that the All Blacks would be knocked out of the World Cup.

POINTS FEST France couldn’t stop scor­ing in the sec­ond half of the 1999 World Cup semi­fi­nal.

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