Scott Gibbs

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
23-01-1971
N/A
18-04-1994
Swansea RU- Wales
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
21-08-1994 v Doncaster
London Broncos
1996- Swansea RU- Wales
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1994-1996
48 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
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 VIEW
21st Aug 1994 L 3 Doncaster L 1994~95 H 20 29 VIEW
24th Aug 1994 L 3 Warrington L 1994~95 A 10 31 VIEW
28th Aug 1994 W 3 Halifax L 1994~95 A 30 22 VIEW
4th Sep 1994 W 3 Salford L 1994~95 H 34 28 VIEW
11th Sep 1994 W 3 Workington Town L 1994~95 A 30 25 VIEW
18th Sep 1994 W 3 Castleford L 1994~95 H 47 14 1 VIEW
25th Sep 1994 W 3 Sheffield Eagles L 1994~95 H 26 10 VIEW
2nd Oct 1994 D 3 Oldham L 1994~95 A 18 18 VIEW
9th Oct 1994 W 3 Leeds L 1994~95 H 25 18 VIEW
16th Oct 1994 W 3 Bradford Northern L 1994~95 A 51 12 1 VIEW
1st Nov 1994 L 3 Australia Tour 1994~95 H 14 32 VIEW
8th Nov 1994 W 3 Doncaster L 1994~95 A 24 5 2 VIEW
13th Nov 1994 W 3 Halifax L 1994~95 H 18 14 2 VIEW
27th Nov 1994 L 3 Salford L 1994~95 A 12 39 VIEW
4th Dec 1994 W 3 Huddersfield RT2 1994~95 A 52 11 VIEW
26th Dec 1994 L 3 Wigan L 1994~95 H 25 32 VIEW
1st Jan 1995 W 3 Widnes L 1994~95 A 20 10 VIEW
11th Feb 1995 D 3 Wigan CC4 1994~95 A 16 16 VIEW
15th Feb 1995 L 3 Wigan CC4rep 1994~95 H 24 40 VIEW
6th Aug 1995 W 3 Hull* Fr Testimonial 1995~96 H 64 16 VIEW
11th Aug 1995 W 6 Salford* Fr 1995~96 A 32 22 VIEW
20th Aug 1995 W 6 Bradford Bulls L 1995~96 H 55 10 VIEW
23rd Aug 1995 W 6 Oldham L 1995~96 A 44 18 2 VIEW
28th Aug 1995 L 6 Wigan L 1995~96 H 20 52 1 VIEW
3rd Sep 1995 L 6 Leeds L 1995~96 A 24 36 1 VIEW
10th Sep 1995 W 3 Workington Town L 1995~96 A 66 22 1 VIEW
13th Sep 1995 W 3 Sheffield Eagles L 1995~96 H 62 20 VIEW
5th Nov 1995 W 3 Halifax L 1995~96 H 58 20 VIEW
11th Nov 1995 W 3 Keighley Cougars RT2 1995~96 A 42 14 2 VIEW
10th Dec 1995 W 4 Halifax RT4 1995~96 H 46 18 1 VIEW
13th Dec 1995 W 3 Oldham L 1995~96 H 32 22 VIEW
20th Dec 1995 L 3 Castleford L 1995~96 A 18 26 VIEW
1st Jan 1996 L 4 Leeds L 1995~96 H 14 20 1 VIEW
4th Jan 1996 W 4 Warrington RTSF 1995~96 H 80 0 1 VIEW
7th Jan 1996 W 4 Warrington L 1995~96 H 54 14 VIEW
13th Jan 1996 L 3 Wigan RTF 1995~96 N 16 25 VIEW
17th Jan 1996 W 3 London Broncos L 1995~96 H 48 18 1 VIEW
11th Feb 1996 W 3 Rochdale Hornets SCCC5 1996 A 58 20 2 VIEW
24th Feb 1996 W 3 Salford Reds SCCC6 1996 A 46 26 1 VIEW
9th Mar 1996 W 3 Widnes SCCCSF 1996 N 24 14 VIEW
31st Mar 1996 W 3 Workington Town SL 1996 A 62 0 VIEW
5th Apr 1996 W 3 Wigan Warriors SL 1996 H 41 26 VIEW
8th Apr 1996 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 A 46 24 VIEW
14th Apr 1996 W 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 H 26 20 1 VIEW
21st Apr 1996 W 3 Halifax Blue Sox SL 1996 A 30 28 VIEW
27th Apr 1996 W 3 Bradford Bulls SCCCF 1996 W 40 32 VIEW
12th May 1996 W 3 London Broncos SL 1996 H 24 22 1 VIEW
30th Jun 1996 W 3 Leeds Rhinos SL 1996 H 42 16 VIEW
5th Jul 1996 L 3 Bradford Bulls SL 1996 A 22 50 VIEW
27th Jul 1996 W 3 London Broncos SL 1996 A 32 28 1 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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