2008 Tri Nations Series

2008 Tri Nations Series

2008 Rugby Championship
Tournament statistics
Champions  New Zealand (9th title)
Matches played 9
Tries scored 43 (4.78 per match)
Attendance 444,707 (49,412 per match)
Top scorer(s) Dan Carter (82)
Top try scorer(s) (4)Jongi Nokwe
2007
2009

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.

Background

South Africa, New Zealand 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 2008.[1] Now New Zealand is first, South Africa second and Australia remains third. South Africa gained the number one ranking after their 2007 Rugby World Cup victory, and had held the position for 26 weeks. Prior to that the All Blacks had been ranked number one in the world for 175 weeks.[2] The All Blacks went into the series with a world record 29 successive home victories,[3] and South Africa with a 13 match winning streak.[4]

Experimental Law Variations

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]

Standings

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

Fixtures

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'
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 36,568
Referee: Australia Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
New Zealand
NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Rudi Wulf
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu Substituted off 69'
FH 10 Dan Carter
SH 9 Andrew Ellis Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Jerome Kaino
OF 7 Rodney So'oialo (c)
BF 6 Adam Thomson Substituted off 61'
RL 5 Ali Williams
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Greg Somerville Substituted off 74'
HK 2 Andrew Hore Substituted off 72'
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu Substituted in 72'
PR 17 Neemia Tialata Substituted in 74'
LK 18 Anthony Boric
N8 19 Sione Lauaki Substituted in 61'
SH 20 Jimmy Cowan Substituted in 74'
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Leon MacDonald Substituted in 69'
Coach:
New Zealand Graham Henry
South Africa
SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Conrad Jantjes Substituted off 63'
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Adrian Jacobs
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Butch James Substituted off 58'
SH 9 Ricky Januarie Substituted off 72'
N8 8 Joe van Niekerk Substituted off 58'
OF 7 Juan Smith
BF 6 Schalk Burger
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha Substituted off 72'
TP 3 CJ van der Linde Substituted off 46'
HK 2 John Smit (c) Substituted off 38'
LP 1 Gurthro Steenkamp
Replacements:
HK 16 Bismarck du Plessis Substituted in 38'
PR 17 Brian Mujati Substituted in 46'
LK 18 Andries Bekker Substituted in 72'
FL 19 Luke Watson Substituted in 58'
SH 20 Bolla Conradie Substituted in 72'
FH 21 Francois Steyn Substituted in 58'
FB 22 Percy Montgomery Substituted in 63'
Coach:
South Africa Peter de Villiers

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

Touch judges:
AustraliaPaul Marks
AustraliaJames Leckie
Television match official:
Australia 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: New Zealand 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: South Africa Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Australia
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:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
New Zealand
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:
New Zealand Graham Henry

Touch judges:
South Africa Mark Lawrence
Fiji James Bolabiu
Television match official:
South Africa 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: South Africa Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
New Zealand
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:
New Zealand Graham Henry
Australia
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:
New Zealand Robbie Deans

Touch judges:
South AfricaCraig Joubert
FijiJames Bolabiu
Television match official:
South Africa 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)
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Attendance: 52,000[12]
Referee: Australia Matt Goddard (Australia)

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)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 50,000[15]
Referee: New Zealand Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)

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: New Zealand 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)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 52,328[20]
Referee: South Africa Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Tri Nations
2008 Winners
New Zealand
New Zealand
Ninth Title

References

External links

  • All Blacks Tri Nations website
  • Springboks Tri Nations website
  • Wallabies Tri Nations website
Preceded by
2007 Tri Nations
Rugby Union Tri Nations
2008
Succeeded by
2009 Tri Nations