FRANCE GO CRAZY
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.