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The 2008 Tri Nations Series was the thirteenth annual Tri Nations competition between the national rugby union teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The All Blacks won the series on 13 September 2008 after defeating Australia in the last match of the series.

2008 Tri Nations Series
Date5 July – 13 September
Final positions
Champions New Zealand (9th title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup New Zealand
Mandela Challenge Plate Australia
Tournament statistics
Matches played9
Tries scored43 (4.78 per match)
Attendance444,707 (49,412 per match)
Top scorer(s)Dan Carter (82)
Most triesJongi Nokwe (4)
2007
2009

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BackgroundEdit

This was the first Tri Nations tournament after South Africa's 2007 Rugby World Cup victory, and they went into the competition as the top team in the IRB World Rankings (having ended a 175-week run for New Zealand). On 30 June 2008, before the tournament began, New Zealand and Australia were ranked second and third in the world respectively.[1]

The All Blacks went into the series with a world record 29 successive home victories,[2][3] and South Africa with a 13 match winning streak.[4]

By the end of the tournament New Zealand had retaken top place in the IRB World Rankings. After 26 weeks at number one, South Africa slipped to second. Australia remained third.

The final match of the Bledisloe Cup series between Australia and New Zealand took place after the Tri-Nations, on 1 November (the first 3 matches of the series were part of the Tri-Nations).

Experimental Law VariationsEdit

Several of the sport's Experimental Law Variations (or ELVs) were trialled as part of the 2008 Tri Nations.[5] A global trial of 13 ELVs at all levels is to be conducted for one year from 1 August 2008.[6] The Tri Nation's governing body SANZAR approved the trial of all the ELVs that had been included in the 2008 Super 14 season, as well as the ELVs to be trialled globally. Statistics from the 2008 Super 14 revealed the ELVs increased the number of tries, reduced the number of line-outs and penalties, increased the number of free kicks, but did not change the number of scrums or mauls.[7] The changes increased the attacking opportunities from scrums.[8]

StandingsEdit

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   New Zealand 6 4 0 2 152 106 +46 3 19
2   Australia 6 3 0 3 119 163 −44 2 14
3   South Africa 6 2 0 4 115 117 −2 2 10

FixturesEdit

5 July 2008[9]
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   19–8   South Africa
Try: Kaino 45' c
Con: Carter
Pen: Carter (4) 5', 21', 29', 71'
Try: Habana 37' m
Pen: James 6'
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Rudi Wulf
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu   69'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Andrew Ellis   74'
N8 8 Jerome Kaino
OF 7 Rodney So'oialo (c)
BF 6 Adam Thomson   61'
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Greg Somerville   74'
HK 2 Andrew Hore   72'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   72'
PR 17 Neemia Tialata   74'
LK 18 Anthony Boric
N8 19 Sione Lauaki   61'
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan   74'
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Leon MacDonald   69'
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Conrad Jantjes   63'
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Adrian Jacobs
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James   58'
SH 9 Ricky Januarie   72'
N8 8 Joe van Niekerk   58'
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   72'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde   46'
HK 2 John Smit (c)   38'
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
Replacements:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis   38'
PR 17 Brian Mujati   46'
LK 18 Andries Bekker   72'
FL 19 Luke Watson   58'
SH 20 Bolla Conradie   72'
FH 21 Francois Steyn   58'
FB 22 Percy Montgomery   63'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers

Touch judges:
 Matt Goddard
 Paul Marks
Television match official:
  George Ayoub


12 July 2008[10]
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   28–30   South Africa
Tries: Lauaki c
Con: Carter
Pen: Carter (6)
Drop: Carter
Tries: Pietersen, Januarie c
Con: Francois Steyn
Pen: Montgomery (3), James (2)
Drop: Butch James
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 32,210
Referee:   Matt Goddard (Australia)
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Rudi Wulf
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu   40'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Andrew Ellis
N8 8 Jerome Kaino   53'
OF 7 Rodney So'oialo (c)
BF 6 Adam Thomson
RL 5 Ali Williams   29'
LL 4 Anthony Boric
TP 3 John Afoa   70'
HK 2 Andrew Hore   56'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   56'
PR 17 Neemia Tialata   70'
LK 18 Kevin O'Neill   29'
N8 19 Sione Lauaki   53'
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Leon MacDonald   40'
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Percy Montgomery   60'
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Adrian Jacobs   47'
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James   74'
SH 9 Ricky Januarie
N8 8 Joe van Niekerk   60'
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield (c)   73' to 80'
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   50'   60'   67'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   74'
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp   53'   60'
Replacements:
HK 16 Schalk Brits   74'
PR 17 Brian Mujati   53'   60'
LK 18 Andries Bekker   50'   60'   67'
FL 19 Luke Watson   60'
SH 20 Ruan Pienaar   74'
FH 21 Francois Steyn   47'
FB 22 Conrad Jantjes   60'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers

Touch judges:
 Paul Marks
 James Leckie
Television match official:
  George Ayoub

  • The Springboks get their first win over the All Blacks at Carisbrook, and their first win in New Zealand since 1998

19 July 2008[11]
18:00 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia   16–9   South Africa
Tries: Tuqiri 36' m
Mortlock 46' m
Pen: Giteau 53'
Drop: Barnes 79'
Pen: Steyn (2) 5', 74'
James 55'
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 41,838
Referee:   Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)

26 July 2008
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   34–19   New Zealand
Tries: Cross 10' c
Hynes 31' c
Elsom 55' c
Horwill 74' c
Con: Giteau (4)
Pen: Giteau 6'
Drop: Giteau 65'
Tries: Muliaina 24' m
Hore 39' c
Ellis 45' c
Con: Carter (2)
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 78,944
Referee:   Craig Joubert (South Africa)
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Peter Hynes
OC 13 Ryan Cross
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 George Smith (c)
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Al Baxter
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
PR 17 Matt Dunning
LK 18 Daniel Vickerman
N8 19 Phil Waugh
SH 20 Sam Cordingley
FH 21 Timana Tahu
FB 22 Drew Mitchell
Coach:
  Robbie Deans
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Anthony Tuitavake
OC 13 Richard Kahui
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Andrew Ellis
N8 8 Jerome Kaino
OF 7 Daniel Braid
BF 6 Rodney So'oialo (c)
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Greg Somerville
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 John Afoa
LK 18 Anthony Boric
N8 19 Sione Lauaki
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Conrad Smith
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Touch judges:
  Mark Lawrence
  James Bolabiu
Television match official:
  Shaun Veldsman


2 August 2008
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   39–10   Australia
Tries: Woodcock (2) 21' c, 24' m
Nonu (2) 45' c, 80' m
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (5) 6', 14', 39', 58', 65'
Try: Ashley-Cooper 32' c
Con: Giteau
Pen: Giteau 4'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 45,000
Referee:   Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Richard Kahui
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw(c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Greg Somerville
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 John Afoa
LK 18 Anthony Boric
N8 19 Adam Thomson
SH 20 Piri Weepu
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Anthony Tuitavake
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Peter Hynes
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock(c)
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Phil Waugh
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Al Baxter
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
PR 17 Matt Dunning
LK 18 Daniel Vickerman
N8 19 Hugh McMeniman
SH 20 Sam Cordingley
FH 21 Ryan Cross
FB 22 Drew Mitchell
Coach:
  Robbie Deans

Touch judges:
 Craig Joubert
 James Bolabiu
Television match official:
  Shaun Veldsman


16 August 2008
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   0–19   New Zealand
Tries: Smith m
Carter c
Mealamu c
Con: Carter (2)

23 August 2008
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   15–27   Australia
Tries: Jacobs (2)
Con: Montgomery
Pen: James
Tries: Robinson c
Tuqiri c
Mortlock c
Con: Giteau (3)
Pen: Giteau (2)

30 August 2008
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   53–8   Australia
Tries: Bekker 8' c
Nokwe (4) 12' m, 25' m, 35' c, 49' m
Jacobs 44' c
Pienaar 68' c
Ndungane 78' c
Con: James (3)
Montgomery (2)
Pen: James 20'
Try: Mitchell 55' m
Pen: Giteau 5'
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 54,819
Referee:   Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)

13 September 2008[16][17][18][19]
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   24–28   New Zealand
Tries: Ashley-Cooper 40' c
Horwill c
Cross c
Con: Giteau (3)
Pen: Giteau
Tries: Muliaina 13' c
Woodcock c
Weepu c
Carter c
Con: Carter (4)
Tri Nations
2008 Winners
 
New Zealand
Ninth Title

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