Flashback: Williams trickery sinks England

Date published: January 21 2017

Wales were able to squeeze past England when they knocked over a penalty after full-time with the final score at 21-19.

17 January 1981

Wales got their Centenary Season off to a perfect start when they beat England in their first game of the Five Nations.

Wales centre Steve Fenwick claimed the win with a penalty after the 80 minutes had gone when Brynmor Williams pretended to run on the other side of the scrum which forced Clive Woodward to follow, who was then called offsides. 

The referee gave the Welsh a penalty and Fenwick made no mistake in knocking it over.

The Daily Mail called it a sublime display of treachery to steal the game from the English.

"The most perfect hoax since painter Tom Keating fooled the entire art world." 

After the game Woodward expressed his dismay at how he had lost the game for his side.

"I feel terrible, not just for me but for the rest of the team," Woodward admitted. 

"It was a stupid thing to do, especially as before the scrum I was the guy going round telling the team not to give away penalties.

"The 80-minute kicking duel of Dusty Hare versus Steve Fenwick will surely go down as one of the most exciting bad matches ever played."

The Scorers:

For Wales:
Cons: Fenwick
Pens: Fenwick 4
Drops: Davies

For England:
Pens: Hare 5

Wales: 15 JPR Williams, 14 Rob Ackerman, 13 David Richards, 12 Steve Fenwick (c), 11 Dai Nicholas, 10 Gareth Davies, 9 Brynmor Williams, 8 Gareth Williams, 7 Jeff Squire, 6 Rhodri Lewis, 5 Geoff Wheel, 4 Clive Davis, 3 Graham Price, 2 Allan Phillips, 1 Ian Stephens
Replacements: 16 Gwyn Evans, 17 Gary Pearce, 18 Gerald Williams, 19 Clive Williams, 20 Junna Jones, 21 Allan Martin

England: 15 Dusty Hare, 14 John Carleton, 13 Clive Woodward, 12 Paul Dodge, 11 Mike Slemen, 10 John Horton, 9 Steve Smith, 8 John Scott, 7 David Cooke, 6 Mike Rafter, 5 Maurice Colclough, 4 Bill Beaumont (c), 3 Phil Blakeway, 2 Peter Wheeler, 1 Fran Cotton
Replacements: 16 Austin Sheppard, 17 Marcus Rose, 18 Huw Davies, 19 Nick Youngs, 20 Andy Simpson, 21 Andy Ripley