The Tri Nations tournament is fully underway and with just four more matches to go before a champion is named, we thought it would be a good idea to catch up on the action so far.
Match 1: Eden Park, Auckland
It was a fitting start to the rugby union tournament as the number one ranked All Blacks took on the defending champion Springboks. Both teams were anxious for a win, but it was the All Blacks that came out on top.
Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Kieran Read, and Tony Woodcock all scored tries for the New Zealand team while Daniel Carter had five goals (3 cons, 2 pens). Morney Steyn was the only producer for South Africa with four goals (4 pen).
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Match 2: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
With the first win under their belts, the All Blacks turned their attention to a little payback. After suffering a sweep at the hands of the Springboks last year, the All Blacks were determined to take win number two and put them that much closer to retribution. They played a highly physical and dominating game, which paid off.
New Zealands Ma’a Nonu, Mils Muliaina Rene Ranger, and Israel Dagg scored tries. Daniel Carter took three goals (1 con, 2 pen) and Piri Weepu took one (1 pen). South Africa’s Danie Rossouw and Schalk Burger had a try each while Morne Steyn had three goals (2 con, 1 pen).
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Match 3: Brisbane
The Wallabies were hoping to kick off their title bid with a strong start. Both coaches and players were optimistic going in as they took a page from the All Blacks’ book of total domination. The plan worked as they handed the spiralling Springboks a third consecutive loss.
Drew Mitchell and will Genia score tries while Matt Giteau (5 pen) and James O’Connor (1 con, 1 pen) racked up a combined seven goals. For South Africa, Jaque Fourie and Guthro Steenkamp had a try each, and Morne Steyn took one goal (1 pen).
Match 4: Melbourne
A win over the top ranked Springboks was just what Australia needed. With a major boost in confidence, they were looking like real contenders for the first time in recent years. Though, going up against the All Blacks would be a totally different game. While they played a solid game, New Zealand’s talent was just too much for the Australian team.
Daniel Carter, Richard McCaw, Cory Jane, Joe Rokocoko, and Corey Flynn had one try each. Mils Muliaina had two. Daniel Carter also took six goals (4 con, 2 pen). Australia’s Drew Mitchell, Adam Ashley-Cooper, and Rocky Elsom scored tries. Matt Giteau had five goals (2 con, 3 pen)
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Match 5: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
The All Blacks had claimed wins over both of their Tri Nations opponents and were heading into their second match against Australia feeling good. Though they managed to grind out a win in this one, it didn’t come easy with Australia seemingly catching them off guard.
Mils Muliania and Conrad Smith scored score a try each for New Zealand. Daniel Carter also continue to pull through for the team with four goals (2 con, 2 pen). Kurtley Beale had a try for Australia and Matt Giteau took two goals (1 con, 1 pen).
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The Tri Nations continues on Saturday, August 21 when the All Blacks meet up with the Springboks for a third and final match. Stay tuned for a preview of the upcoming game, and remember to keep checking Ladbrokes.com.au for all of the latest, and best, Tri Nations odds.