Barnes: Shane schooled me

by Staff Writer

Even with his very last touch in international rugby, Shane Williams proved as slippery as ever.

The brilliant Welsh winger signed off on his career for Wales by sliding out of Berrick Barnes' tackle with the final play of Australia's 24-18 win at a packed Millennium Stadium.

The little man did not get the fairytale ending but he showed he was leaving the game with a bit of magic still in his boots.

Barnes could only smile post-match after Williams used a burst of speed to brush past him.

"He did me like a dinner there at the end," Barnes said.

"I had to let him in there at the end.

"No, he schooled me and it was good for him to finish with a try."

James O'Connor even patted Williams in congratulations after the Welshman produced a diving forward roll to send the locals into delirium.

It was Williams' sixth try in eight Tests against Australia and made him the most prolific try-scorer against the Wallabies amongst northern hemisphere players.

The next best is French legend Serge Blanco.

With chants of "Shane, Shane" ringing out under the Millennium Stadium roof, Williams was joined by his children on the field for an emotional lap of honour.

"I have had the best time of my life," Williams said before bursting into tears.

Even Wallabies coach Robbie Deans became more forgiving for his defence when he realised who had scored.

"It was a nice way to finish although I was probably not too excited at the time until I saw who it was," he said.

That is because Australia won't have to worry about him again.

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