Rebellion’ in 2007
rare line-break, the television match official ruled that Cueto’s boot had grazed the touchline. To this day, Cueto insists the try should have stood, but while the incident has been replayed more times than the Zapruder film, Corry argues a lot else has been forgotten in the build-up. “First of all, it is a series of cock-ups from Andy Gomarsall’s box kick that bounces, but Tait scoops up. When he is tackled, Schalk Burger dives in from the side to slow the ball down, for which he should have been binned. Had we gone right we would have walked in. We end up getting a penalty, but the fact Burger stayed on was a big issue.”
Jonny Wilkinson’s penalty drew England back to 9-6 but
Montgomery kicked a third penalty before Frans Steyn added a dropped goal to see the Springboks home.
“After Cueto’s try was disallowed, we tried to play catch-up rugby too soon,” Ashton said. “There was still a long time to go, but we tried to force the game and made some errors. It was a game we could have won, but when I look back I am not sure all the players truly believed that.”
On the charge: England’s Mathew Tait in the 2007 World Cup final; (left) South Africa’s Bryan Habana and his coach Jake White with the trophy