2007 Tri Nations Series

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2007 Tri Nations Series
Date 16 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 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 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 controversy

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.

Standings

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

All times are local.

Week 1

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 Substituted off 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 Substituted off 54'
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha Substituted off 63'
TP 3 BJ Botha Substituted off 60' Substituted in 67'
HK 2 John Smit (c) Substituted off 10'
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp Substituted off 67'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Gary Botha Substituted in 10'
PR 17 CJ van der Linde Substituted in 60'
LK 18 Johann Muller Substituted in 63'
N8 19 Danie Rossouw Substituted in 54'
SH 20 Michael Claassens
CE 21 Wynand Olivier
FB 22 François Steyn Substituted in 60'
Coach:
South Africa Jake White
FB 15 Julian Huxley
RW 14 Drew Mitchell
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c) Substituted off 79'
IC 12 Matt Giteau
LW 11 Lote Tuqiri
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan
N8 8 Wycliff Palu Substituted off 79'
OF 7 George Smith Substituted off 57'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom Substituted off 57'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepherdson
HK 2 Stephen Moore Substituted off 63'
LP 1 Matt Dunning
Substitutions:
HK 16 Adam Freier Substituted in 63'
PR 17 Al Baxter
LK 18 Mark Chisholm Substituted in 57'
FL 19 Stephen Hoiles Substituted in 79'
FL 20 Phil Waugh Substituted in 57'
CE 21 Adam Ashley-Cooper
WG 22 Mark Gerrard Substituted in 79'
Coach:
Australia John Connolly

Week 2

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

Week 3

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

Week 4

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 Substituted off 78'
LW 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper Substituted off 78'
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan
N8 8 Stephen Hoiles Substituted off 64'
OF 7 George Smith Substituted off 71'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom Substituted off 60'
RL 5 Daniel Vickerman
LL 4 Nathan Sharpe
TP 3 Guy Shepherdson Substituted off 58'
HK 2 Adam Freier Substituted off 20' Substituted in 34' Substituted off 64'
LP 1 Matt Dunning Substituted off 73'
Substitutions:
HK 16 Sean Hardman Substituted in 20' Substituted off 34' Substituted in 64'
PR 17 Al Baxter Substituted in 58'
LK 18 Hugh McMeniman Substituted in 60'
FL 19 David Lyons Substituted in 64'
FL 20 Phil Waugh Substituted in 71'
FH 21 Scott Staniforth Substituted in 78'
FB 22 Drew Mitchell Substituted in 78'
Coach:
Australia John Connolly
FB 15 Bevin Fortuin Substituted off 73'
RW 14 Breyton Paulse
OC 13 Waylon Murray
IC 12 Wynand Olivier
LW 11 JP Pietersen
FH 10 Derick Hougaard Substituted off 73'
SH 9 Ruan Pienaar
N8 8 Bobby Skinstad Substituted off 62'
OF 7 Pedrie Wannenburg Substituted off 49'
BF 6 Wikus van Heerden
RL 5 Johann Muller
LL 4 Johan Ackerman Substituted off 29'
TP 3 Jannie du Plessis Substituted off 73'
HK 2 Gary Botha (c) Temporarily suspended from 58' to 68' 58' to 68'
LP 1 CJ van der Linde
Substitutions:
PR 16 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Eddie Andrews Substituted in 73'
LK 18 Albert van den Berg Substituted in 29'
FL 19 Jacques Cronjé Substituted in 49' Substituted off 58'
SH 20 Michael Claassens Substituted in 73'
FH 21 Peter Grant Substituted in 73'
CE 22 Jaco Pretorius
Coach:
South Africa Jack White

Week 5

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: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
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
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

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:
New Zealand 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:
Australia John Connolly

References

  1. "2007 Tri Nations Draw". rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. "Pumas will stay crouched until 2010". RugbyRugby.com. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 11 October 2007.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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External links

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