‘It’s not me kicking it’ – Wilkinson recalls World Cup-winning moment
Jonny Wilkinson states his Globe Cup-winning drop-goal for England felt as an out of body experience.
Wilkinson acquired the drop-goal with only 26 seconds left of their 2003 final in Sydney against Australia.
It remains the only time following the facet dropped this year’s final to South Africa, the event has been won by England.
Recalling his winning strike for Radio 4’s Do Not Tell Me The score,” Wilkinson said:”It’s not me kicking it, it’s a knowing of it.”
Wilkinson, who played with the final of his 91 Tests at the 2011 World Cup and made his international debut, has the maximum amount of points to England.
Definitely the most momentous of the 36 drop-goals came in the dying seconds of additional time at the 2003 World Cup final – with his less favoured right boot – up putting England.
“I am only feeling the ballthen I put down the ball and drop it and since it drops the ball turns ever so slightly towards me and forwards,” he remembers of this kick, which included to the four penalties he recorded in the match.
“If it goes a lot towards me personally it will alter the kick completely but it’s gone just a very small piece which means I am going to miss the sweet spot of the ball but I will catch it simply under which means it’s going to spin a lot quicker, it is going to move a whole great deal shorter but it will be a hell of a lot straighter.
“I can feel that my leg moving back but it’s not me minding it, it’s a knowing of it. The sensation is exactly what I knew it was going to be as I struck the ball.
“It’s only when the ball gets a few yards past the post I then realise exactly what the hell has ever happened and I do this half-hearted celebration which is almost disbelief since I had not been there to actually see it.
“It directed it to be – not a memory which I loathed because I don’t have a lot of memory of it – but merely an experience that gave me a glimpse of life a tiny bit beyond the bounds of that which I believed was possible – something much bigger.”