The Springboks, Wallabies and France feature in this selection of memorable moments from the 1999 World Cup.
DE BEER THE DESTROYER
SOUTH AFRICA vs ENGLAND, PARIS
With Henry Honiball injured, Jannie de Beer was given the No 10 jersey for the Boks’ quarter-final against England in Paris. South Africa were ahead at half-time thanks to Joost van der Westhuizen’s try, but it was still anyone’s game. Then came De Beer’s purple patch. Between the 43rd and 74th minutes, the Free Stater kicked a world record five drop goals that had the crowd gasping and his teammates laughing in disbelief.
BERNIE BOOTS OUT BOKS
AUSTRALIA vs SOUTH AFRICA, LONDON
A dramatic last-minute penalty from Jannie de Beer had levelled the scores at 18-18 and forced the World Cup semi-final into extra time. The Springboks were the more confident side at this stage and slight favourites to win the match. However, they hadn’t banked on Stephen ‘Bernie’ Larkham producing a miracle. The Wallabies flyhalf took the ball on the run, stopped and kicked a drop goal from 45m out – the first of his career. Fullback Matthew Burke added another penalty soon after and Australia were through to their second final.
LES BLEUS BLITZ ALL BLACKS
FRANCE vs NEW ZEALAND, LONDON
The All Blacks were expected to cruise past France in the second semi-final and looked to have the game wrapped up when they led 24-10 at half-time. Most expected New Zealand to go on and pass the 50-point mark, but in a devastating 13-minute period in the second half, France scored 26 points, including tries by wing Christophe Dominici and centre Richard Dourthe. The French claimed their fourth try in the 74th minute through wing Philippe Bernat-Salles to seal a memorable 43-31 win.