2007 Tri Nations Series

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2007 Tri Nations Series
Date 16 June – 21 July
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (8th title)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Tries scored 19 (3.17 per match)
Attendance 310,998 (51,833 per match)
Top scorer(s) New Zealand Carter (62)
Most tries New Zealand Woodcock (2)
Australia Giteau (2)
2006
2008

The 2007 Tri Nations Series was an annual rugby union competition between the national teams of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The series began in South Africa on 16 June, with a Test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands, Cape Town and ended on 21 July in Eden Park, Auckland with a Test between New Zealand and Australia. The winners, for the third consecutive year, were New Zealand.

The 2007 series consisted of six matches (two home matches each), three less than the 2006 series, because of the 2007 Rugby World Cup which commenced on 7 September. The draw was scheduled to ensure that no team played more than two matches in a row, the early finish allowing each team seven full weeks before the start of the World Cup.

The competition will revert to a nine-Test series from 2008 onwards.[1] Early in 2007, it was thought that there was a chance that Argentina could be admitted to the competition as early as 2008, as it had been reported that the worldwide governing body for rugby union, the International Rugby Board, was brokering a deal for the entry of the Pumas.[2] However, by August of that year, it became clear that the competition would not be expanded while the current media contracts ran; the key contract with News Corporation does not expire until 2010.[3]

The tournament had been put into jeopardy after the Springboks team confirmed they were sending a below strength side for the Australasian leg of the tournament.[4]

Springbok selection controversy[edit]

New Zealand and Australian rugby officials have considered on the news of the below strength Springbok team, that they might consider scrapping their remaining fixtures against South Africa but have cited that because of many arrangements including broadcasting, stadium and ticket arrangements that it might be too complicated.[5] The ARU also retracted proposals to continue the series without the Springboks after SARU sent a medical report, citing a sport scientist saying "they (the Springboks) might as well not bother going to the World Cup" if they send top injured players to the remaining games.[6] The match turned out to be much more competitive than many observers had predicted, with South Africa storming to a 17–0 lead in the first 16 minutes before the Wallabies regained their composure to eventually overrun the Boks 25–17.

Standings[edit]

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1  New Zealand 4 3 0 1 100 59 +41 1 13
2  Australia 4 2 0 2 76 80 −4 1 9
3  South Africa 4 1 0 3 66 103 −37 1 5

Results[edit]

All times are local.

Week 1[edit]

16 June 2007
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  22–19  Australia
Tries: Fourie 15' c
Con: Montgomery
Pen: Montgomery (3) 3', 45', 53'
Drop: Steyn (2) 74', 77'
Tries: Giteau 31' c
Con: Mortlock
Pen: Mortlock (4) 13', 29', 36', 44'
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 49,333
Referee: England Wayne Barnes (England)

Week 2[edit]

23 June 2007
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa  21–26  New Zealand
Tries: Burger 40'
James 44'
Con: Montgomery
Pen: Montgomery (2) 5', 66'
Pienaar 19'
Tries: McCaw 69' c
Rokocoko 71' c
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (3) 31', 38', 55'
Drop: Mauger 42'
Kings Park, Durban
Attendance: 51,861
Referee: Ireland Alain Rolland (Ireland)
South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Ashwin Willemse
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 JP Pietersen
FH 10 Butch James
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Bobby Skinstad
OF 7 Danie Rossouw
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield (c)
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 Gary Botha
LP 1 Os du Randt
Substitutions:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis
PR 17 CJ van der Linde
LK 18 Johann Muller
N8 19 Pedrie Wannenburg
SH 20 Michael Claassens
FH 21 Wynand Olivier
CE 22 François Steyn
Coach:
South Africa Jake White
New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Isaia Toeava
IC 12 Aaron Mauger
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Greg Rawlinson
LL 4 Troy Flavell
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Anton Oliver
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutions:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 Neemia Tialata
LK 18 Ross Filipo
FL 19 Chris Masoe
SH 20 Piri Weepu
CE 21 Luke McAlister
FB 22 Leon MacDonald
Coach:
New Zealand Graham Henry

Week 3[edit]

30 June 2007
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  20–15  New Zealand
Tries: Ashley-Cooper 64' c
Staniforth 71' c
Con: Giteau (2/2)
Pen: Mortlock (2) 14', 19'
Tries: Woodcock 3' c
Gear 26' m
Con: Carter (1/2)
Pen: Carter 17'
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Attendance: 79,322
Referee: South Africa Marius Jonker (South Africa)
Australia
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Julian Huxley
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan
N8 8 Rocky Elsom
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Wycliff Palu
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepherdson
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Matt Dunning
Substitutions:
HK 16 Adam Freier
PR 17 Al Baxter
FL 18 Mark Chisholm
LK 19 Stephen Hoiles
FL 20 Phil Waugh
FH 21 Scott Staniforth
FB 22 Mark Gerrard
Coach:
Australia John Connolly
New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Rico Gear
OC 13 Luke McAlister
IC 12 Aaron Mauger
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Troy Flavell
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Anton Oliver
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutions:
PR 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 Neemia Tialata
LK 18 Ross Filipo
FL 19 Chris Masoe
SH 20 Piri Weepu
FH 21 Nick Evans
WG 22 Sitiveni Sivivatu
Coach:
New Zealand Graham Henry

Week 4[edit]

7 July 2007
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia  25–17  South Africa
Tries: Gerrard 22'
Hoiles 42'
Giteau 55'
Con: Mortlock (2)
Pen: Mortlock (2)
Tries: van Heerden 6' c
Paulse 8' c
Con: Hougaard (2)
Pen: Hougaard 16'
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 51,174
Referee: New Zealand Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

Week 5[edit]

14 July 2007
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  33–6  South Africa
Tries: Leonard 69' c
Evans 76' c
Carter 80' c
Con: Carter (3)
Pen: Carter (4)
Pen: Hougaard (2)
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 33,708
Referee: Australia Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Doug Howlett
OC 13 Isaia Toeava
IC 12 Luke McAlister
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Piri Weepu
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Reuben Thorne
RL 5 Keith Robinson
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Keven Mealamu
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutions:
HK 16 Andrew Hore
PR 17 Neemia Tialata
FL 18 Jerry Collins
FL 19 Chris Masoe
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
CE 21 Conrad Smith
FH 22 Nick Evans
Coach:
New Zealand Graham Henry
South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 JP Pietersen
RW 14 Breyton Paulse
OC 13 Waylon Murray
IC 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 Jaco Pretorius
FH 10 Derick Hougaard
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Jacques Cronjé
OF 7 Pedrie Wannenburg
BF 6 Wikus van Heerden
RL 5 Johann Muller (c)
LL 4 Albert van den Berg
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 CJ van der Linde
Substitutions:
HK 16 Gary Botha
PR 17 Eddie Andrews
LK 18 Gerrie Britz
N8 19 Hilton Lobberts
SH 20 Michael Claassens
FH 21 Peter Grant
WG 22 Tonderai Chavhanga
Coach:
South Africa Jake White

Week 6[edit]

21 July 2007
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand  26–12  Australia
Try: Woodcock 58' m
Pen: Carter (7) 10', 29', 36', 39', 44', 51', 73'
Pen: Mortlock (3) 24', 33', 47'
Drop: Giteau 25'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Wales Nigel Owens (Wales)
New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Doug Howlett
OC 13 Isaia Toeava
IC 12 Luke McAlister
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Chris Jack
LL 4 Keith Robinson
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Anton Oliver
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutions:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 Neemia Tialata
LK 18 Reuben Thorne
FL 19 Chris Masoe
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
CE 21 Aaron Mauger
FH 22 Nick Evans
Coach:
New Zealand Graham Henry
Australia
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Mark Gerrard
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan
N8 8 Stephen Hoiles
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepardson
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Matt Dunning
Substitutions:
HK 16 Adam Freier
PR 17 Al Baxter
FL 18 Hugh McMeniman
LK 19 Mark Chisholm
FL 20 Phil Waugh
CE 21 Scott Staniforth
FB 22 Chris Latham
Coach:
Australia John Connolly
Tri Nations
2007 Winners
New Zealand
New Zealand
Eighth Title

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2007 Tri Nations Draw". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  2. ^ Cain, Nick (25 February 2007). "Ambitious Argentina poised to secure TriNations place". The Sunday Times. London. Retrieved 27 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Pumas will stay crouched until 2010". RugbyRugby.com. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Waldburger, Chris (26 June 2007). "South Africa won't back down". Planet Rugby. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
  5. ^ Linden, Julian (27 June 2007). "Tri Nations in jeopardy". Yahoo!Xtra. Retrieved 27 June 2007. 
  6. ^ "ARU admit defeat in Bok row". News24. Retrieved 28 June 2007. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
2006 Tri Nations
Rugby Union Tri Nations
2007
Succeeded by
2008 Tri Nations