1997 Tri Nations Series

1997 Tri Nations Series


The 1997 Tri Nations Series was contested from 19 July to 23 August between the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa national rugby union teams. The All Blacks continued their unbeaten record to win their second tournament.

New Zealand won the Bledisloe Cup against Australia for the third year in a row. It took a 1-0 lead from the first test (played before the Tri-Nations), and the two Tri-Nations tests gave it a 3-0 final result.


Results

  • Half time scores are in brackets



26 July 1997
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
18–33
(6–23)
Tries:
Jason Little
Cons:
Matt Burke
Pens:
Matt Burke (2)
Tries:
Frank Bunce, Christian Cullen, Jeff Wilson
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (3)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (4)
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
Attendance: 90,119
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

2 August 1997
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
32–20
(26–10)
Tries:
Ben Tune (2), Stephen Larkham, Daniel Manu
Cons:
David Knox (3)
Pens:
David Knox (2)
Tries:
Mark Andrews, Jannie de Beer, Os du Randt
Cons:
Jannie de Beer
Pens:
Jannie de Beer
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

9 August 1997
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
55–35
(23–21)
Tries:
Christian Cullen (2), Alama Ieremia, Justin Marshall, Taine Randell, Carlos Spencer, Tana Umaga
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (4)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (4)
Tries:
Ruben Kruger, Percy Montgomery, Pieter Rossouw, Gary Teichmann, Joost van der Westhuizen
Cons:
Jannie de Beer (3), Henry Honiball (2)
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)

16 August 1997
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
36–24
(36–0)
Tries:
Christian Cullen, Justin Marshall, Taine Randell
Cons:
Carlos Spencer (3)
Pens:
Carlos Spencer (5)
Tries:
Stephen Larkham (2), Joe Roff, Ben Tune
Cons:
David Knox (2)
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 42,500
Referee: Joël Dumé (France)

23 August 1997
15:00 SAST (UTC+2)
61–22
(18–15)
Tries:
Percy Montgomery (2), Mark Andrews, Warren Brosnihan, James Dalton, Jannie de Beer, Rassie Erasmus, Pieter Rossouw
Cons:
Jannie de Beer (6)
Pens:
Jannie de Beer (3)
Tries:
David Knox, Jason Little, Joe Roff
Cons:
David Knox (2)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 51,000
Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

Final table

Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 159 109 +50 2 18
South Africa 4 1 0 3 148 144 +4 3 7
Australia 4 1 0 3 96 150 −54 2 6
Tri Nations
1997 Winners
New Zealand
Second Title

External links

  • Tri Nations at Rugby.com.au
  • 1997 Tri Nations Series at ESPN