2007 Tri Nations Series

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.

2007 Tri Nations Series
Date16 June – 21 July
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (8th title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played6
Tries scored19 (3.17 per match)
Attendance310,998 (51,833 per match)
Top scorer(s)New Zealand Carter (62)
Most triesNew Zealand Woodcock (2)
Australia Giteau (2)
2006
2008

The 2007 series consisted of six matches (two home matches each), three fewer than the 2006 series, because of the 2007 Rugby World Cup which would commence 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 reverted 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 would 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 controversyEdit

New Zealand and Australian rugby officials considered on the news of the below strength Springbok team, that they might consider scrapping their remaining fixtures against South Africa but 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.

StandingsEdit

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

ResultsEdit

All times are local.

Week 1Edit

16 June 2007
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   22–19   Australia
Tries: Fourie 15' c
Con: Montgomery (1/1)
Pen: Montgomery (3/3) 3', 45', 53'
Drop: Steyn (2/2) 74', 77'
Tries: Giteau 31' c
Con: Mortlock (1/1)
Pen: Mortlock (4/4) 13', 29', 36', 44'
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 48,416
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Ashwin Willemse   60'
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 JP Pietersen
FH 10 Butch James
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Pierre Spies
OF 7 Juan Smith   54'
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   63'
TP 3 BJ Botha   60'   67'
HK 2 John Smit (c)   10'
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp   67'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Gary Botha   10'
PR 17 CJ van der Linde   60'
LK 18 Johann Muller   63'
N8 19 Danie Rossouw   54'
SH 20 Michael Claassens
CE 21 Wynand Olivier
FB 22 François Steyn   60'
Coach:
  Jake White
FB 15 Julian Huxley
RW 14 Drew Mitchell
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)   79'
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan
N8 8 Wycliff Palu   79'
OF 7 George Smith   57'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   57'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepherdson
HK 2 Stephen Moore   63'
LP 1 Matt Dunning
Substitutions:
HK 16 Adam Freier   63'
PR 17 Al Baxter
LK 18 Mark Chisholm   57'
FL 19 Stephen Hoiles   79'
FL 20 Phil Waugh   57'
CE 21 Adam Ashley-Cooper
WG 22 Mark Gerrard   79'
Coach:
  John Connolly

Week 2Edit

23 June 2007
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   21–26   New Zealand
Tries: Burger 40' c
James 44' c
Con: Montgomery (1/2)
Pen: Montgomery (2/2) 5', 66'
Pienaar (1/1) 19'
Tries: McCaw 69' c
Rokocoko 71' c
Con: Carter (2/2)
Pen: Carter (3/3) 31', 38', 55'
Drop: Mauger (1/1) 42'
Kings Park, Durban
Attendance: 51,861
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
FB 15 Percy Montgomery
RW 14 Ashwin Willemse   65'
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 JP Pietersen
FH 10 Butch James   52'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Bobby Skinstad   52'
OF 7 Danie Rossouw
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield (c)
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   65'
TP 3 BJ Botha
HK 2 Gary Botha
LP 1 Os du Randt   53'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis
PR 17 CJ van der Linde   53'
LK 18 Johann Muller   65'
N8 19 Pedrie Wannenburg   52'
SH 20 Michael Claassens
FH 21 Wynand Olivier   65'
CE 22 François Steyn   52'
Coach:
  Jake White
FB 15 Mils Muliaina   70'
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Isaia Toeava
IC 12 Aaron Mauger   66'
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher   70'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins
RL 5 Greg Rawlinson   48'
LL 4 Troy Flavell
TP 3 Carl Hayman
HK 2 Anton Oliver   51'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutions:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   51'
PR 17 Neemia Tialata
LK 18 Ross Filipo   48'
FL 19 Chris Masoe
SH 20 Piri Weepu   70'
CE 21 Luke McAlister   66'
FB 22 Leon MacDonald   70'
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Week 3Edit

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: Marius Jonker (South Africa)
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   55'
N8 8 Rocky Elsom   70'
OF 7 George Smith   70'
BF 6 Wycliff Palu   40'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepherdson
HK 2 Stephen Moore   47'
LP 1 Matt Dunning   77'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Adam Freier   47'
PR 17 Al Baxter   77'
FL 18 Mark Chisholm   70'
LK 19 Stephen Hoiles   40'
FL 20 Phil Waugh   70'
FH 21 Scott Staniforth   55'
FB 22 Mark Gerrard
Coach:
  John Connolly
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Rico Gear
OC 13 Luke McAlister
IC 12 Aaron Mauger
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko   75'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Byron Kelleher   50'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo   74'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerry Collins   65'
RL 5 Troy Flavell   45'
LL 4 Chris Jack
TP 3 Carl Hayman   61' to 71'
HK 2 Anton Oliver   45'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock   45'   65'
Substitutions:
PR 16 Keven Mealamu   45'
PR 17 Neemia Tialata   45'
LK 18 Ross Filipo   45'
FL 19 Chris Masoe   74'
SH 20 Piri Weepu   50'
FH 21 Nick Evans
WG 22 Sitiveni Sivivatu   75'
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Week 4Edit

7 July 2007
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   25–17   South Africa
Tries: Gerrard 22' c
Hoiles 42' c
Giteau 55' m
Con: Mortlock (2/3)
Pen: Mortlock (2/2)
Tries: van Heerden 6' c
Paulse 8' c
Con: Hougaard (2/2)
Pen: Hougaard 16' (1/1)
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 51,174
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
FB 15 Julian Huxley
RW 14 Mark Gerrard
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
IC 12 Matt Giteau   78'
LW 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper   78'
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan
N8 8 Stephen Hoiles   64'
OF 7 George Smith   71'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   60'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepherdson   58'
HK 2 Adam Freier   20'   34'   64'
LP 1 Matt Dunning   73'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Sean Hardman   20'   34'   64'
PR 17 Al Baxter   58'
LK 18 Hugh McMeniman   60'
FL 19 David Lyons   64'
FL 20 Phil Waugh   71'
FH 21 Scott Staniforth   78'
FB 22 Drew Mitchell   78'
Coach:
  John Connolly
FB 15 Bevin Fortuin   73'
RW 14 Breyton Paulse
OC 13 Waylon Murray
IC 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 JP Pietersen
FH 10 Derick Hougaard   73'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Bobby Skinstad   62'
OF 7 Pedrie Wannenburg   49'
BF 6 Wikus van Heerden
RL 5 Johann Muller
LL 4 Johan Ackerman   29'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis   73'
HK 2 Gary Botha (c)   58' to 68'
LP 1 CJ van der Linde
Substitutions:
PR 16 Bismarck du Plessis   58'
PR 17 Eddie Andrews   73'
LK 18 Albert van den Berg   29'
FL 19 Jacques Cronjé   49'   58'
SH 20 Michael Claassens   73'
FH 21 Peter Grant   73'
CE 22 Jaco Pretorius
Coach:
  Jack White

Week 5Edit

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)
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:
  Graham Henry
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:
  Jake White

Week 6Edit

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: Nigel Owens (Wales)
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:
  Graham Henry
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:
  John Connolly

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2007 Tri Nations Draw". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 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. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007.
  4. ^ Waldburger, Chris (26 June 2007). "South Africa won't back down". Planet Rugby. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. 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. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 28 June 2007.

External linksEdit

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