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Martyn Williams defies shootout nightmare by beating one of Welsh rugby's most prolific scorers 10 years on

It's more than a decade from one of the most gripping and bizarre ends to a rugby match ever seen.

And barely a month has passed without Wales and Lions flanker Martyn Williams being reminded of his bad role in the professional rugby union's first penalty.

Despite 100 Wales caps, two Six Nations Grand Slams and three Lions trips on his resume, and yet he is still asked about his miss, which cost the Cardiff Blues their Heineken Cup semi-final against Leicester.

"I've seen it back a few times and laughed about it," Williams recently told a BBC podcast.

"It was so surreal at the time, I don't really have good memory."



Martyn Williams missed the decisive kick in the penalty kick in the Heineken Cup semi-final between Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers at Millennium Stadium in 2009
Martyn Williams missed the decisive kick in the penalty kick in the Heineken Cup semi-final between Cardiff Blues and Leicester Tigers at Millennium Stadium in 2009

Now more than 10 years from this shootout miss at Principality Stadium, Williams has helped expel his Cardiff ghosts by beating two other former Wales rugby legends in a football challenge.

And one of them happened to be one of the most prolific goalies Welsh rugby has ever seen.

In TARO 10 – Lejynd's Rygbi Cymru football challenge for S4C online platform Hansh, avid Liverpool supporter Williams takes on wonderful points, scoring fly half Stephen Jones and back-rower Andy Powell.

The challenge saw all three players get 10 attempts to score outside the 18 yard box.



Williams managed to find the net a total of four times, with Powell and Jones both putting up a disappointing sum of two goals.

It may be some consolation for Williams after missing a Heineken Cup final ticket with the Blues.

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