2000 Tri Nations Series

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2000 Tri Nations Series
Final positions
Champions  Australia (1st title)
Bledisloe Cup  Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Tries scored 29 (4.83 per match)
Top scorer(s) Mehrtens (77)
Most tries Cullen (7)
1999
2001

The 2000 Tri Nations Series was contested from 15 July to 26 August between the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa national rugby union teams. The Wallabies won the tournament for the first time after a thrilling 19–18 win in Durban.

The opening game of the tournament between Australia and New Zealand attracted a world record rugby union crowd of 109,874 to the Sydney Olympic Stadium.

Australia made it 3 wins in a row in the Bledisloe Cup, having taken it from New Zealand in 1998. (They also won the first ever Mandela Challenge Plate in a one-off home test against South Africa on July 8, but that was a week before the Tri-Nations began.)

Table[edit]

Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
Australia 4 3 0 1 104 86 +18 2 14
New Zealand 4 2 0 2 127 117 +10 4 12
South Africa 4 1 0 3 82 110 −28 2 6

Results[edit]

  • Half time scores are in brackets
15 July 2000
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
 Australia 35–39
(24–24)
 New Zealand
Tries:
Stirling Mortlock (2), Chris Latham, Joe Roff, Jeremy Paul
Cons:
Stirling Mortlock (2)
Pens:
Stirling Mortlock (2)
Tries:
Tana Umaga, Pita Alatini, Christian Cullen, Justin Marshall, Jonah Lomu
Cons:
Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Pens:
Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 109,874
Referee: South Africa Andre Watson (South Africa)

22 July 2000
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
 New Zealand 25–12
(19–12)
 South Africa
Tries:
Christian Cullen (2)
Pens:
Andrew Mehrtens (3), Tony Brown
Drops:
Andrew Mehrtens
Pens:
Braam van Straaten (3)
Drops:
Percy Montgomery
Jade Stadium, Christchurch
Attendance: 49,000
Referee: England Chris White (England)
 
29 July 2000
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)]
 Australia 26 – 6  South Africa Sydney, Australia
(HT: 19–6) Attendance:77,048 Referee: England Ed Morrison (England)
Tries:
Mortlock, Paul
Penalties:
van Straaten (2)
Conversions:
Mortlock (2)
Penalties:
Mortlock (4)
 
5 August 2000
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
 New Zealand 23 – 24  Australia Wellington, New Zealand
(HT: 20–18) Attendance:36000

Referee: South Africa Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

Tries:
Cullen (2)
Tries:
Mortlock, Roff
Conversions:
Mehrtens (2)
Conversions:
Mortlock
Penalties:
Mehrtens (3)
Penalties:
Eales, Mortlock (3)
 
19 August 2000
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
 South Africa 46 – 40  New Zealand Johannesburg, South Africa
(HT: 33–27) Referee: Australia Andrew Cole (Australia)
Tries:
Delport, Fleck (2), Swanepoel (2), Williams
Tries:
Cullen (2), Umaga (2)
Conversions:
van Straaten (5)
Conversions:
Mehrtens (4)
Penalties:
van Straaten (2)
Penalties:
Mehrtens (3)
Drop Goals:
Mehrtens
 
26 August 2000
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
 South Africa 18 – 19  Australia Durban, South Africa
(HT: 6–13) Referee: New Zealand Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
Penalties:
van Straaten (6)
Tries:
Latham
Conversions:
Mortlock
Penalties:
Mortlock (4)

The 15 July Sydney fixture set a world record for a rugby union crowd, with 109,874 spectators filling Telstra Stadium.

Tri Nations
2000 Winners
Australia
Australia
First Title

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