1997 Tri Nations Series

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1997 Tri Nations Series
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (2nd title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Tries scored 48 (8 per match)
1996
1998

The 1997 Tri Nations Series was contested from 19 July to 23 August between the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa national rugby union teams. The All Blacks continued their unbeaten record to win their second tournament.

Results[edit]

  • Half time scores are in brackets
19 July 1997
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
 South Africa 32–35 (23–19)  New Zealand
Tries:
Russell Bennett, Naka Drotské
Cons:
Jannie de Beer (2)
Pens:
Jannie de Beer (4)
Drops:
Jannie de Beer (2)
Tries:
Frank Bunce (2), Carlos Spencer, Jeff Wilson
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (3)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (3)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Australia Peter Marshall (Australia)

26 July 1997
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
 Australia 18–33 (6–23)  New Zealand
Tries:
George Gregan, Jason Little
Cons:
Matt Burke
Pens:
Matt Burke (2)
Tries:
Frank Bunce, Christian Cullen, Jeff Wilson
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (3)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (4)
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Attendance: 90,119
Referee: England Ed Morrison (England)

2 August 1997
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
 Australia 32–20 (26–10)  South Africa
Tries:
Ben Tune (2), Stephen Larkham, Daniel Manu
Cons:
David Knox (3)
Pens:
David Knox (2)
Tries:
Mark Andrews, Jannie de Beer, Os du Randt
Cons:
Jannie de Beer
Pens:
Jannie de Beer
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: New Zealand Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

9 August 1997
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
 New Zealand 55–35 (23–21)  South Africa
Tries:
Christian Cullen (2), Alama Ieremia, Justin Marshall, Taine Randell, Carlos Spencer, Tana Umaga
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (4)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (4)
Tries:
Ruben Kruger, Percy Montgomery, Pieter Rossouw, Gary Teichmann, Joost van der Westhuizen
Cons:
Jannie de Beer (3), Henry Honiball (2)
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Wales Derek Bevan (Wales)

16 August 1997
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
 New Zealand 36–24 (36–0)  Australia
Tries:
Christian Cullen, Justin Marshall, Taine Randell
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (3)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (5)
Tries:
Stephen Larkham (2), Joe Roff, Ben Tune
Cons:
David Knox (2)
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 42,500
Referee: France Joël Dumé (France)

23 August 1997
15:00 SAST (UTC+2)
 South Africa 61–22 (18–15)  Australia
Tries:
Percy Montgomery (2), Mark Andrews, Warren Brosnihan, James Dalton, Jannie de Beer, Johan Erasmus, Pieter Rossouw
Cons:
Jannie de Beer (6)
Pens:
Jannie de Beer (3)
Tries:
David Knox, Jason Little, Joe Roff
Cons:
David Knox (2)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: New Zealand Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

Final table[edit]

Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 159 109 +50 2 18
South Africa 4 1 0 3 148 144 +4 3 7
Australia 4 1 0 3 96 150 −54 2 6
Tri Nations
1997 Winners
New Zealand
New Zealand
Second Title

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