RUGBY UNION: 30 YEARS ON SANDY'S STILL DINING OUT ON HIS PART IN THAT TRY; Even though he never touched ball for Edwards' wonder score.
THE only Scot in the Barbarians' famous triumph over the All Blacks 30 years ago relived the legendary match at an emotional reunion dinner in London last night.
Murrayfield hero Sandy Carmichael told how he played his part in rugby's greatest ever try - by making the longest dummy-run in history!
The powerful prop recalled the moment of magic as he linked up with the rest of the Baa Baas line-up on the anniversary of the epic Cardiff encounter.
Carmichael, who became the first Scot to break the 50-cap barrier, was the only player from north of the border to play in the 23-11 triumph - and even then he was called in as a late replacement for Welshman Barry Llewellyn.
The fairytale match in 1973 is one that those at Arms Park, along with millions of TV viewers, will never forget, not least because of Gareth Edwards' try in the opening minutes.
Carmichael, now 58 and crippled by arthritis, said: "Everyone remembers the build-up to the score featuring Phil Bennett, John Dawes, Bob Wilkinson, Tom David and Derek Quinnell.
"But I reckon I contributed as much as any of them by avoiding the ball!
"I ran the whole length of the pitch after Phil's amazing sidesteps waiting for the ball to be switched inside. But the others kept passing it out towards the touchline.
"However, I maintain that my presence helped in no small measure to divert the attention of the All Blacks markers while Gareth plunged over in the corner.
"I'm also proud of the fact that later in the game I began the move which led to a fantastic try by JPR Williams, with the ball flashing through even more pairs of hands than during the Edwards effort."
West of Scotland hero Carmichael believes the experience was one of the high points of his career - and helped to wipe away the nightmare memory of his tour to New Zealand with the Lions two years earlier.
He was forced to fly home early with a smashed cheekbone after being the target of a sustained and sickening attack by the rival pack in the infamous match against Canterbury at Christchurch.
Ill health has forced Carmichael into early retirement in Glasgow and to sever most links with rugby.
"The only rugby I really see is when my eldest son Trevor is playing for GHA," he said.
Anniversary dinner spokesman Nick Oswald said: "It is quite remarkable that we have managed to get all 15 of the Barbarians side back together."
TEAMS: Barbarians: JPR Williams (Wales), David Duckham (England), John Dawes (Wales, capt), Mike Gibson (Ireland), John Bevan, Phil Bennett, Gareth Edwards (all Wales), Ray McLoughlin (Ireland), John Pullin (England), SANDY CARMICHAEL (SCOTLAND), Willie John McBride (Ireland), Bob Wilkinson (Cambridge Uni), Tom David (Wales), Fergus Slattery (Ireland), Derek Quinnell (Wales).
New Zealand: Joe Karam, Bryan Williams, Bruce Robertson, Ian Hurst, Grant Batty, Bob Burgess, Sid Going, Graham Whiting, Ronnie Urlich. Kent Lambert, Hamish MacDonald, Peter Whiting, Alistair Scown, Ian Kirkpatrick (capt), Alex Wylie. Rep: Lindsay Colling for Going.
SCORERS: Barbarians - Tries: Edwards, Slattery, Bevan, Williams. Cons: (2). Pen: Bennett. New Zealand - Tries: Batty (2). Pen: Karam.
THE offspring of two former Scotland stars have been included in the Scotland Under-19 squad for the tussle with England at Peebles on Friday.
They are Watsonians stand-off Michael Ker, son of 80s playmaker and cricket ace Andrew, and Shaun Tomes, whose dad Alan was part of the '84 Grand Slam-winning team.
Backs: Adamson (Glasgow Hawks), Archibald (Stirling Co), Brown (Biggar), Kellock (Bath Uni), De Luca (Heriot's), McCrorie (Garnock), Ker, Nash (Watsonians), Taylor (Gloucester), Skeen, Snedden (B'muir), Thomson (Hawick).
Forwards: Chalmers (Murrayfield Wan), Cochrane, Wright (B'muir), Dryburgh, Laird (Watsonians), Corsar, Strang (Aberdeen GSFP), Ford (Borders), Forrest (Cambuslang), Lawrie, (Currie), Rennie (Tynedale), Tomes (Gateshead), White (Stir. Co), Wilmshurst-Smith (Glou'ster).
I WAS THERE: Sandy Carmichael, inset, can vividly recall John Dawes passing to Tom David, with John Pullin in support, before Edwards, second right, crashed over for a memorable score
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Jan 29, 2003|
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