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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 February, 2005, 21:04 GMT
Pundits' verdict on Wales v England
BBC Sport pundits Jerry Guscott and Jonathan Davies sing the praises of rising star Gavin Henson, who stole the show in Wales' epic win over England in Cardiff.


Jeremy Guscott
Former England centre

Gavin Henson v Mathew Tait was billed as the contest - and Henson came out the clear winner.

At one point Henson showed him a clean pair of heels, poor old Tait!

Gavin Henson dumps Mathew Tait
Hanson stops Tait in his tracks before lifting him under one arm
If you wear silver boots, you're liable to get the Mickey taken out of you - but you're only going to get praise when you slot a last-ditch kick like that under such pressure.

It is difficult to get across how much class he has. But there is a presence about him.

Watch how much time he has on the ball, he never looks flustered or rushed, and for a pretty boy - he certainly puts in the tackles.

It's so refreshing to see such a natural talent, there's no coaching there.

He is so tactically aware he can relieve the pressure with a 70m kick but he has also got the ability to run it.

He is majestic, it is almost like he has grown-up (since 2001 when he was named International Rugby Board young player of the year).


Jonathan Davies
Former Wales fly-half

Expectations were almost too high after that (the 2001 award).

He was brought in and out of the Wales squad and was not managed very well. And he is the type of good-looking guy who some hard-nosed ex-pro is going to look at and think he's a softie...

But he's not he's a tough little nut.

He is a natural - he's been doing it since he was seven or eight years old.

He can play fullback, centre or outside half, which is why I think he will be picked for the Lions tour.

And if anything inside centre (his usual position) is the key one these days, with time to kick or make decisions.

He looks flashy but he is actually a bit quiet - he expresses himself in the way he turns out and on the rugby field.

Initially, he did not like the media attention, he did not do interviews.

So what his club, Swansea Ospreys, did, was when he went into work in the morning, they made him go into the office to talk to people to bring him out of himself.

And Swansea coach Lyn Jones, a young coach with fresh ideas, has gone to Gavin Henson and said "I want you to be the main man".

He showed he could be that on Saturday against England.

Guscott and Davies were speaking on BBC Sport's Interactive Forum.




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