Scott Gibbs

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
23-01-1971
N/A
18-04-1994
Swansea RU- Wales
21-08-1994 v Doncaster
London Broncos
1996- Swansea RU- Wales
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1994-1996
48 (0)
23
0
0
92

BIOGRAPHY

Scott Gibbs by Alex Service

One of the hardest centres ever to play for the Saints, reminiscent in this respect of fellow-Welsh signing of the 1950s Don Gullick, Scott Gibbs remains a favourite for anyone who watched him during his unfortunately short career at Knowsley Road. Born in Bridgend, Scott played for Bridgend, Neath, and Swansea by January 1992. A stocky, powerful man, he made his debut for Wales in 1991 against England and was a surprise selection for the 1993 British Lions squad for their tour to New Zealand in 1993. He was always a controversial figure in his early years, however and in 1994 he became a flagship signing by the Saints, who, of course, had a fine tradition for bringing in star players from the Valleys. In actual fact, since Rugby Union has become professional, the supply of talent has virtually dried up. Scott is the last of a fine line of top Welshmen to play with distinction for the Saints.

It was a time of change at Knowsley Road, with Coach Eric Hughes gradually building a team that would challenge the might of Wigan in the Super League era. Scott scored twice on his home debut, against Widnes in a pre-season friendly at Knowsley Road and his forceful running and kamikaze tackling certainly endeared him to the fans. Although essentially a right centre, he played at stand-off for the Saints in one particular match, against Oldham at the Watersheddings, when the visitors won 44-18, yet there was only one true position for him.

The Saints dominated the inaugural season of the European Super League in 1996, becoming Champions, with Scott forming a potent combination with Young Gun Danny Arnold on the right flank. Arnold went on to score 25 tries in 21 appearances, including a brace at Wembley, when the Saints won a magnificent match 40-32 after one of the greatest come-backs ever seen at the famous old stadium in a Challenge Cup final. Scott’s appearances were restricted to just 13 during the campaign, scoring 6 tries. It was a pity that a nasty hand injury at Charlton, in the vital match against London Broncos, effectively finished his season and his Saints’ career to boot.

He returned to Union where he continued to enjoy great success. Scott used the strength and power he gained in the handling code to excel on the 1997 Lions Tour to South Africa and played in the last-ever Five Nations match for Wales against England at Wembley, where he scored a superb individual try. He was also selected for the 2001 Lions Tour, but did not play in any Test matches. A member of the BBCs commentary team for Rugby Union, he was last seen at Knowsley Road during a cameo appearance in the Stephen Prescott Legends game, where flashes of the old power were there for all to see.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1994~95 6 0 0 19
1995~96 11 0 0 16
19966 0 0 13
TOTALS:23 0 0 48
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1994~952001
1995~960002
TOTALS:2003

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
14th Aug 1994 W 14 Widnes* Fr Charity 1994~95 H 48 4 2 V
21st Aug 1994 L 3 Doncaster L 1994~95 H 20 29 V
24th Aug 1994 L 3 Warrington L 1994~95 A 10 31 V
28th Aug 1994 W 3 Halifax L 1994~95 A 30 22 V
4th Sep 1994 W 3 Salford L 1994~95 H 34 28 V
11th Sep 1994 W 3 Workington Town L 1994~95 A 30 25 V
18th Sep 1994 W 3 Castleford L 1994~95 H 47 14 1 V
25th Sep 1994 W 3 Sheffield Eagles L 1994~95 H 26 10 V
2nd Oct 1994 D 3 Oldham L 1994~95 A 18 18 V
9th Oct 1994 W 3 Leeds L 1994~95 H 25 18 V
16th Oct 1994 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1994~95 A 51 12 1 V
1st Nov 1994 L 3 Australia Tour 1994~95 H 14 32 V
8th Nov 1994 W 3 Doncaster L 1994~95 A 24 5 2 V
13th Nov 1994 W 3 Halifax L 1994~95 H 18 14 2 V
27th Nov 1994 L 3 Salford L 1994~95 A 12 39 V
4th Dec 1994 W 3 Huddersfield RT2 1994~95 A 52 11 V
26th Dec 1994 L 3 Wigan L 1994~95 H 25 32 V
1st Jan 1995 W 3 Widnes L 1994~95 A 20 10 V
11th Feb 1995 D 3 Wigan CC4 1994~95 A 16 16 V
15th Feb 1995 L 3 Wigan CC4rep 1994~95 H 24 40 V
6th Aug 1995 W 3 Hull* Fr Testimonial 1995~96 H 64 16 V
11th Aug 1995 W 6 Salford* Fr 1995~96 A 32 22 V
20th Aug 1995 W 6 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 H 55 10 V
23rd Aug 1995 W 6 Oldham L 1995~96 A 44 18 2 V
28th Aug 1995 L 6 Wigan L 1995~96 H 20 52 1 V
3rd Sep 1995 L 6 Leeds L 1995~96 A 24 36 1 V
10th Sep 1995 W 3 Workington Town L 1995~96 A 66 22 1 V
13th Sep 1995 W 3 Sheffield Eagles L 1995~96 H 62 20 V
5th Nov 1995 W 3 Halifax L 1995~96 H 58 20 V
11th Nov 1995 W 3 Keighley Cougars RT2 1995~96 A 42 14 2 V
10th Dec 1995 W 4 Halifax RT4 1995~96 H 46 18 1 V
13th Dec 1995 W 3 Oldham L 1995~96 H 32 22 V
20th Dec 1995 L 3 Castleford L 1995~96 A 18 26 V
1st Jan 1996 L 4 Leeds L 1995~96 H 14 20 1 V
4th Jan 1996 W 4 Warrington RTSF 1995~96 H 80 0 1 V
7th Jan 1996 W 4 Warrington L 1995~96 H 54 14 V
13th Jan 1996 L 3 Wigan RTF 1995~96 N 16 25 V
17th Jan 1996 W 3 London Broncos L 1995~96 H 48 18 1 V
11th Feb 1996 W 3 Rochdale Hornets SCCC5 1996 A 58 20 2 V
24th Feb 1996 W 3 Salford Reds SCCC6 1996 A 46 26 1 V
9th Mar 1996 W 3 Widnes SCCCSF 1996 N 24 14 V
31st Mar 1996 W 3 Workington Town SL 1996 A 62 0 V
5th Apr 1996 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 H 41 26 V
8th Apr 1996 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 A 46 24 V
14th Apr 1996 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 H 26 20 1 V
21st Apr 1996 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 A 30 28 V
27th Apr 1996 W 3 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1996 W 40 32 V
12th May 1996 W 3 London Broncos SL 1996 H 24 22 1 V
30th Jun 1996 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 H 42 16 V
5th Jul 1996 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 A 22 50 V
27th Jul 1996 W 3 London Broncos SL 1996 A 32 28 1 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 45 OTHER 3 = 48
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 48

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