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Sunday, April 11, 1999 Published at 20:35 GMT 21:35 UK

Telfer delight as Scots take title

Triump for Wales meant glory for the Scots

Scotland coach Jim Telfer spoke of his delight as his team took the Five Nation championship thanks to Wales' dramatic victory over England at Wembley.

Scotland's Gregor Townsend speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live's Eleanor Oldroyd
"We were supposed to be Wooden Spoonists and I think there is only myself and the rest of the squad who felt we were going to do as well as we did," said the inspirational coach who now retires from his duties as coach.

"I don't know about celebrations, I'm a bit tired, it's been an exhausting day.

"I'll probably just go and see my parents."

Telfer admitted that he doubted such an outcome during today's game.


"England seemed to be coasting I didn't think Wales could do it.

[ image: Stuart Reid: Will be smiling now]
Stuart Reid: Will be smiling now
"But they had a chance to kick which would have taken them nine points clear and I suppose they have paid for that mistake.

"If they had taken their chances there wouldn't have been such a nervous ending."

And he took the chance to endorse the exciting way his team had achieved their glory.

"I don't think anyone can deny our brand of rugby has been entertaining.

"We have tried to be enterprising and given the crowds something to get excited about.

"England conceded six tries in the competition and we scored three of those. We have deserved our success."


Number eight Stuart Reid, who won only his second cap in Saturday's victory over France, spent the afternoon in an Edinburgh bar with teamates Scott Murray, Martin Leslie and John Leslie and was less guarded about the way in which he would celebrate the triumph.

"We're going to have a few beers and a bottle of champagne.

"Obviously I only came in for the one game but I've been around the team all the time and they have been absolutely superb.

[ image: Neil Jenkins: Always calm and comfortable]
Neil Jenkins: Always calm and comfortable
Meanwhile, the man who ultimately presented victory to them on a plate, Wales fly half Neil Jenkins, was speaking calmly about the kick which knocked the stuffing out of England.


"I thought it was close to the posts but really I felt comfortable all day. I'm so chuffed for the boys, the management and all the fans. It's been brilliant."

Former All Black Shane Howarth, who scored the first Wales try at the start of the second half, paid tribute to the Jenkins pass which put him in the clear and confirmed nothing in his career compared to the atmosphere at Wembley.

"I've never experienced anything like this. It's great to repay the fans like that.

"We didn't repay them in the first half but we repaid them with a bit of magic from the two old fellas in the midfield."

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