â00If youâ00d seen me spraying drop-kicks all over the pitch in training during the previous week â00 off the outside of my foot, off the inside of my foot, off the end of my toes â00 you would have bet as much money on me putting it over as you would on a one-legged man in a backside-kicking competition,â0 Guscott says in his autobiography.
â00The moment is frozen in time in my memory. Probably because freezing was what was most on my mind. As the ball drifted towards me through the arc of the floodlights everything seemed to happen in slow-motion. I prayed it wouldnâ00t miss. I prayed it wouldnâ00t be charged down. The sense of elation I felt when I eventually looked up and saw the drop soar between the posts will stay with me forever.â0
The man former national coach Jack Rowell dubbed Englandâ00s Prince of Centres travelled to South Africa 12 years ago with two Lions tours and five Lions Test caps already to his name but he admits that nothing in his incredible career could compare to the feeling of winning a Test series against the world champion Boks.
â00There was a three-word entry in my diary for Sunday, June 29 (the day after the second Test in 1997): â00Just a blurâ00. But I know that throughout the blur there was a fixed smile on my face which said that life couldnâ00t get much better.
Jerry Guscott's sensational drop goal sealed a series win 12 years ago
â00I said before the tour started that we were being badly underrated. Even given five or six differences of opinion over the best Lions starting line up, given our best XV against South Africaâ00s XV there was no way I was ever going to accept that we were going to be beaten by anything like 20 points a game or three Tests to nil.
â00I couldnâ00t believe how pessimistic people were being about our prospects. We achieved what we set out to do and proved the doubters wrong.
â00The Lions have provided most of my best moments in rugby, but that 1997 tour will always have pride of place. Nothing I could ever do will match the achievement of that tour, even if you rolled up all the Grand Slams, cup finals and league titles into one.â0