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2009 Tri Nations Series

The 2009 Tri Nations Series was the fourteenth annual Tri Nations rugby union series between the national rugby union teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, respectively nicknamed the All Blacks, Wallabies, and Springboks. The Springboks secured the season crown in their final match on 12 September, defeating the defending series champion All Blacks 32–29 in Hamilton.

2009 Tri Nations Series
2009 Tri Nations Series logo.png
Date18 July 2009–
19 September 2009
Final positions
Champions South Africa (3rd title)
Bledisloe Cup New Zealand
Freedom Cup South Africa
Mandela Challenge Plate South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played9
Tries scored27 (3 per match)
Attendance399,093 (44,344 per match)
Top scorer(s)South Africa Morné Steyn (95)
Most triesAustralia Matt Giteau (3)
2008
2010

BackgroundEdit

New Zealand, South Africa and Australia were ranked first, second, and third in the world respectively by the International Rugby Board (IRB) immediately before the start of the Tri Nations on 30 June 2009.[1] For South Africa, the tournament comes on the back of the British and Irish Lions Tour.

Tri-Nations 2009Edit

On 18 July, the All Blacks drew first blood in the series, coming from behind to defeat the Wallabies 22–16 at Eden Park.[2] The All Blacks then departed for a two-test series against the Springboks in South Africa (Bloemfontein and Durban). The Boks won the first test 28–19, a result that not only gave them the series lead but also put them ahead of the All Blacks for first place in the IRB World Rankings.[3] The following week, they defeated the All Blacks again, with Morné Steyn scoring all of their points in a 31–19 win.[4] Steyn's performance broke the previous mark of New Zealand's Andrew Mehrtens for individual points in a Tri Nations match. The Boks completed their home leg with a 29–17 win over the Wallabies in Cape Town, with Steyn scoring 24 of their points.[5]

The series then travelled to Australia for the Wallabies' three home matches. It opened with the second Bledisloe Cup match with the All Blacks, won by the All Blacks 19–18.[6] The Springboks then picked up a 32–25 bonus-point win over the Wallabies in Perth.[7] The Wallabies then defeated the Springboks 21–6, at Brisbane.[8] The Springboks had to wait another week to try grasp the Tri-Nations title, but had to face the All Blacks at home in Hamilton. The Boks claimed the Tri Nations crown for the first time since 2004 with a 32–29 win.[9] In the final match of the series on 19 September, the All Blacks thumped the Wallabies 33–6 in Wellington.[10]

The final match of the Bledisloe Cup series between Australia and New Zealand took place after the Tri-Nations, on October 11 (the first 3 matches of the series were part of the Tri-Nations).

StandingsEdit

Place Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1   South Africa 6 5 0 1 158 130 +28 1 21
2   New Zealand 6 3 0 3 141 131 +10 1 13
3   Australia 6 1 0 5 103 141 −38 3 7

FixturesEdit

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

18 July 2009
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   22–16   Australia
Try: McCaw 25' c
Con: Donald
Pen: Donald (5) 14', 41', 44', 60', 73'
Report[11] Try: Barnes 3' c
Con: Giteau
Pen: Giteau (3) 9', 19', 45'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 32,000
Referee:   Craig Joubert (South Africa)
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Stephen Donald
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan   53'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo   61'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross   71'
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Neemia Tialata   44'
HK 2 Andrew Hore   44'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   44'
PR 17 Owen Franks   44'
LK 18 Jason Eaton   71'
N8 19 Kieran Read   61'
SH 20 Piri Weepu   53'
FH 21 Luke McAlister
WG 22 Joe Rokocoko
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
IC 12 Berrick Barnes   61'
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess   74'
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Richard Brown   50'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 James Horwill   39' to 45' /   63' to 70'
TP 3 Al Baxter   71'
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
PR 17 Ben Alexander   71'
LK 18 Dean Mumm   39'   45' /   63'   70'
N8 19 Phil Waugh
FL 20 David Pocock   50'
FH 21 Will Genia   74'
FB 22 James O'Connor   61'
Coach:
  Robbie Deans

Touch judges:
 Marius Jonker
 Cobus Wessels
Television match official:
  Vinny Munro

South Africa vs. New ZealandEdit

25 July 2009
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   28–19   New Zealand
Tries: Pienaar 24' m
Fourie 72' m
Pen: F. Steyn (2) 6', 32'
Pienaar (1) 16'
M. Steyn (3) 42', 56', 77'
Report[12] Try: Smith 47' c
Con: Donald
Pen: Donald (4) 3', 51', 63', 73'
Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 37,081
Referee:   Alain Rolland (Ireland)
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers   68'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Ruan Pienaar   40'
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   73'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   68'
TP 3 John Smit (c)   64' to 73'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   79'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle   79'
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis   64'   73'
LK 18 Danie Rossouw   68'
N8 19 Ryan Kankowski
SH 20 Ricky Januarie   73'
FH 21 Morné Steyn   40'
FB 22 Wynand Olivier   68'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers
 
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Conrad Smith   75'
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Stephen Donald
SH 9 Brendon Leonard   49'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo   52'
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross   64'
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Neemia Tialata   42'
HK 2 Andrew Hore   57'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   57'
PR 17 Owen Franks   42'
LK 18 Jason Eaton   64'
N8 19 Kieran Read   52'
SH 20 Piri Weepu   49'
FH 21 Luke McAlister   75'
FB 22 Cory Jane
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Touch judges:
  Nigel Owens
  Tim Hayes
Television match official:
  Johann Meuwesen

South Africa vs. New ZealandEdit

1 August 2009
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   31–19   New Zealand
Try: M. Steyn 38' c
Con: M. Steyn
'Pen: M. Steyn (8) 5', 15', 18', 32', 40+2', 56', 64', 74'
Report[4] Try: Ross 12' c
Con: Donald
Pen: Donald (3) 7', 29', 51'
McAlister 61'
ABSA Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 52,572
Referee:   Nigel Owens (Wales)
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen   28' to 38'
OC 13 Jaque Fourie   78'
IC 12 Jean de Villiers   70'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   78'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith   64'
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   49' to 59'
  78'
TP 3 John Smit (c)   78'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   80'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle   80'
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis   78'
LK 18 Andries Bekker   78'
N8 19 Danie Rossouw   64'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie   78'
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs   70'
FB 22 Wynand Olivier   78'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers
 
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Stephen Donald   61'
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan   43'
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   59'
RL 5 Isaac Ross   30' to 40'
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks   65'
HK 2 Andrew Hore   43'   76'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu   43'   76'
PR 17 John Afoa   65'
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Kieran Read   59'
SH 20 Piri Weepu   43'
FH 21 Luke McAlister   61'
FB 22 Cory Jane
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Touch judges:
  Alain Rolland
  Tim Hayes
Television match official:
  Shaun Veldsman

  • John Smit's 60th start as Springboks captain gave him sole possession of the all-time lead in that category.
  • Morné Steyn's 31 points set a new individual record for points in a Tri Nations match, breaking Andrew Mehrtens' previous mark of 29 for the All Blacks against Australia at Eden Park in 1999 as well as the most points scored by an individual in a game against the All Blacks. It is also an all-time Test record for most points by a player who was responsible for all of his team's scoring.

South Africa vs. AustraliaEdit

8 August 2009
17:00 SAST (UTC+02)
South Africa   29–17   Australia
Try: Matfield 27' m
Pen: M. Steyn (7) 8', 11', 13', 21', 36', 54', 78'
Drop: M. Steyn 24'
Report[13] Tries: Ashley-Cooper 2' c
Giteau 66' c
Con: Giteau (2)
Drop: Barnes 14'
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 48,397[14]
Referee:   Alain Rolland (Ireland)
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn   60'
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers   71'
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   76'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith   52'
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   76'
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   68'
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis   68'
LK 18 Andries Bekker   76'
N8 19 Danie Rossouw   52'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie   76'
FH 21 Ruan Pienaar   60'
FB 22 Adrian Jacobs   71'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers
 
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)   29'
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau   34' to 44'
SH 9 Luke Burgess   55'
N8 8 Wycliff Palu   55'
OF 7 George Smith   78' to –'
BF 6 Richard Brown   36' to 46'
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe
LL 4 James Horwill   40'
TP 3 Al Baxter   52'
HK 2 Stephen Moore   50'
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   50'
PR 17 Ben Alexander   52'
LK 18 Dean Mumm   40'
N8 19 David Pocock   55'
SH 20 Will Genia   55'
FH 21 Peter Hynes
FB 22 James O'Connor   29'
Coach:
  Robbie Deans

Touch judges:
 Nigel Owens
 Tim Hayes
Television match official:
  Shaun Veldsman


Australia vs. New ZealandEdit

22 August 2009
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   18–19   New Zealand
Pen: Giteau (6) 6', 10', 34', 40'+2', 47', 67' Report[15] Try: Nonu 64' c
Con: Carter
Pen: Carter (4) 3', 44', 58', 78'
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 80,228[16]
Referee:   Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor   45'
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes   40+2'
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess   75'
N8 8 Richard Brown   41' to 51'
  70'
OF 7 George Smith (c)
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Nathan Sharpe   70'
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Al Baxter   31'
HK 2 Stephen Moore   20' to 31'
  49'
LP 1 Benn Robinson   20' to 22'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   20'   31'
  49'
PR 17 Ben Alexander   20'   22'
  31'
LK 18 Dean Mumm   70'
N8 19 David Pocock   70'
SH 20 Will Genia   75'
FH 21 Ryan Cross   40+2'
FB 22 Peter Hynes   45'
Coach:
  Robbie Deans
 
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Conrad Smith   41'
IC 12 Luke McAlister   3' to 10'
  49'
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Daniel Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   67'
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks   69'
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Aled de Malmanche
PR 17 John Afoa   69'
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Rodney So'oialo   67'
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
FH 21 Stephen Donald   49'
FB 22 Ma'a Nonu   3'   10'
  41'
Coach:
  Graham Henry

Touch judges:
  Craig Joubert
  Cobus Wessels
Television match official:
  George Ayoub

Australia vs. South AfricaEdit

29 August 2009
18:00 AWST (UTC+08)
Australia   25–32   South Africa
Tries: Giteau (2) 43' c, 75' m
Turner 80' c
Con: Giteau (2)
Pen: Giteau (2) 27', 39'
Report[17] Tries: du Preez 5' c
Fourie 9' m
Habana (2) 32' c, 53' c
Con: M. Steyn (3)
Pen: M. Steyn (2) 16', 67'
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 36,148[18]
Referee:   Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor   77'
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Ryan Cross   65'
IC 12 Adam Ashley-Cooper
LW 11 Peter Hynes
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess   56'
N8 8 Richard Brown   48'
OF 7 George Smith (c)
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Mark Chisholm
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Stephen Moore   54'
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   54'
PR 17 Al Baxter
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 David Pocock   48'
SH 20 Will Genia   56'
FH 21 Quade Cooper   65'
FB 22 Drew Mitchell   77'
Coach:
  Robbie Deans
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Ruan Pienaar   72'
RW 14 JP Pietersen   65'
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   76'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith   54'
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   55'
TP 3 John Smit (c)   76'
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   76'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle   76'
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis   76'
LK 18 Andries Bekker   55'
N8 19 Schalk Burger   54'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie   76'
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs   65'
FB 22 François Steyn   72'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers

Touch judges:
  Chris Pollock
  Vinny Munro
Television match official:
  Keith Brown

Australia vs. South AfricaEdit

5 September 2009
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   21–6   South Africa
Tries: Ashley-Cooper 62' c
O'Connor 76' m
Con: Giteau
Pen: Giteau (2) 5', 26'
Drop: Giteau 34'
Report[19] Pen: M. Steyn 36'
Drop: M. Steyn 28'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 47,481
Referee:   Wayne Barnes (England)
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor
RW 14 Lachie Turner   30'
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes   74'
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 George Smith (c)
OF 7 David Pocock
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Mark Chisholm
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Ben Alexander   78'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau   32'
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Stephen Moore   32'
PR 17 Pek Cowan   78'
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 Wycliff Palu
SH 20 Luke Burgess
FH 21 Quade Cooper   74'
FB 22 Peter Hynes   30'
Coach:
  Robbie Deans
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Ruan Pienaar   68'
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana   35'
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow   59'
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   60'
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Danie Rossouw   60'
N8 19 Schalk Burger   59'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs   35'
FB 22 François Steyn   68'
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers

Touch judges:
  Bryce Lawrence
  Vinny Munro
Television match official:
  George Ayoub

New Zealand vs. South AfricaEdit

12 September 2009
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   29–32   South Africa
Tries: Sivivatu 55' c
McCaw 78' c
Con: Carter (2)
Pen: Carter (5) 1', 14', 22', 34', 64'
Report[20] Tries: du Preez 19' c
de Villiers 51' c
Con: M. Steyn (2)
Pen: F. Steyn (3) 6', 9', 26'
M. Steyn (2) 33', 71'
Drop: M. Steyn 17'
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 31,000[21]
Referee:   Nigel Owens (Wales)
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Ma'a Nonu
IC 12 Stephen Donald   50'
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu   72'
FH 10 Daniel Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino   72'
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks   50'
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Aled de Malmanche
PR 17 John Afoa   50'
FL 18 Adam Thomson   72'
N8 19 Rodney So'oialo
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
CR 21 Isaia Toeava   50'
FB 22 Cory Jane   72'
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana   77'
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez   77'
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Schalk Burger   67'
OF 6 Heinrich Brüssow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha   71'
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis   80'
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira   79'
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle   80'
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis   79'
LK 18 Danie Rossouw   71'
N8 19 Ryan Kankowski   67'
SH 20 Ricky Januarie   77'
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs   77'
FB 22 Ruan Pienaar
Coach:
  Peter de Villiers

Touch judges:
  Wayne Barnes
  Stuart Dickinson
Television match official:
  George Ayoub

  • John Smit became the second Springbok (after Percy Montgomery) and the 26th player overall to earn 90 Test caps.
  • Morné Steyn became the highest individual point scorer in a Tri-Nations season with 95 points this season alone.
  • Frans Steyn's three penalties were all kicked from his own half of the field. He is believed to be the first player ever to have converted three penalties from his own half in a Test match.[22]
  • Dan Carter reached two major milestones in the first half:
    • His first penalty made him the leading point scorer in Tri Nations history, surpassing former All Black Andrew Mehrtens. Carter entered the match with 326 Tri Nations points to Mehrtens' 328, and ended the evening with 345.
    • His third penalty of the match made him the seventh player in history to reach 900 career Test points. He entered the match on 893 Test points, tied for seventh all-time with Montgomery, and ended the match in sixth place with 912 points, also surpassing former Wallaby Michael Lynagh.

New Zealand vs. AustraliaEdit

19 September 2009
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
New Zealand   33–6   Australia
Tries: Jane 31' c
Nonu 75' c
Rokocoko 80' c
Con: Carter (3)
Pen: Carter (4) 14', 16', 21', 46'
Report[23] Pen: Giteau 7'
Drop: Barnes 28'
 
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Cory Jane   59'
OC 13 Isaia Toeava   29' to 39'
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Daniel Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan   68'
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Adam Thomson   72'
RL 5 Tom Donnelly   66'
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Neemia Tialata   47'
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Aled de Malmanche
PR 17 John Afoa   47'
LK 18 Jason Eaton   66'
N8 19 Rodney So'oialo   72'
SH 20 Brendon Leonard   68'
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Hosea Gear   59'
Coach:
  Graham Henry
 
 
AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Will Genia   76'
N8 8 George Smith (c)   68'
OF 7 David Pocock
BF 6 Rocky Elsom   61' to 68' (c)
RL 5 Mark Chisholm
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau   48'
LP 1 Benn Robinson   67'
Replacements:
HK 16 Stephen Moore   48'
PR 17 Pekaho Cowan   67'
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 Wycliff Palu   61'
SH 20 Luke Burgess   76'
FH 21 Quade Cooper
FB 22 Peter Hynes
Coach:
  Robbie Deans

Touch judges:
  Wayne Barnes
  Cobus Wessels
Television match official:
  Shaun Veldsman

Tri Nations
2009 Winners
 
South Africa
Third Title

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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