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Rathbone gets Australia home against South Africa 30 - 26

July 31st, 2004

In the third rugby match of the 2004 Tri Nations, Australia defeated South Africa 30 points to 26.

The Springboks lead at half time 16 points to the Wallabies 15. During the second half the lead seesawed between the teams. Until Australian winger Clyde Rathbone tip-toed down the sideline to score a try against his nation of birth. Rathbone’s try gave Australia a 4 point lead, which despite a sprited attack from South Africa, was enough to give Australia the win and a bonus point for scoring four tries.

Australia - Tries: Lote Tuqiri, Stephen Larkham, Chris Latham, Clyde Rathbone. Conversions: Matt Giteau, Matt Burke. Penalties: Giteau (2).

South Africa - Tries: Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Jean de Villiers, Gaffie du Toit. Conversion: Percy Montgomery. Penalties: Montgomery (3).

Preview: Australia vs South Africa

July 29th, 2004

Australia and South Africa have both named their sides for the third Tri Nations game of 2004.

The big changes for the Wallabies is the return of cpatain and halfback George Gregan. Hooker Jeremy Paul starts the game as Brendan Cannon is serving a suspension for punching. Flanker Radike Samo is dropped form the squad in favour of George Smith.

The main change for the Springboks is the return of Gerrie Britz who has been out since breaking his nose while playing against the Pacific Islanders.
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All Black inury update

July 28th, 2004

All Black vice captain Richie McCaw has been forced out of the New Zealand Tri Nations squad due to his recurring headaches.

McCaw has been suffering from headaches every since he sustained a head injury while playing against England on June 12.

Craig Newby will take McCaw’s place in the squad for the two remaining Tri Nations games.

Meanwhile lock Keith Robinson will play on Friday night for a Waikato XV against North Harbour. It will be Robinson’s first rugby game since missing two games for the All Blacks due to a back injury.

All Blacks beat Boks in bruising battle 23 - 21

July 24th, 2004

New Zealand defeated South Africa in the second rugby match of the 2004 tri series 23 points to 21.

South Africa lead for most of the game after scoring the first try within the first minute of the game.

It was not until the last minute of the game that New Zealand took the lead by a try Doug Howlett.

New Zealand Try: Doug Howlett; Penalties: Daniel Carter (5), Carlos Spencer

South Africa - Tries: Jean de Villiers, Jacques Cronje, Fourie du Preez; Conversions: Percy Montgomerie(3)

Preview: New Zealand vs South Africa

July 23rd, 2004

New Zealand host South Africa in Christchurch for the second rugby match of the 2004 tri series.

The Springboks under new coach Jake White are on a four game winning steak having defeat Argentina, Wales and Pacific Islands this year. However the All Blacks have won the last seven matches played against the Springboks.

New Zealand is the firm favourite with the bookmakers with a win at playing $1.18, while South Africa $4.50 for the win. The All Blacks have been given a 16 point start over South Africa.

During the week five memebers of the All Black squad were effected by a stomach bug and pulled out of training. However they have all recovered and will suit up for the game on Saturday.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga (captain), Daniel Carter, Joe Rokocoko; Carlos Specer, Justin Marshall; Xavier Rush, Marty Holah, Jerry Collins, Simon Maling, Chris Jack, Greg Somerville, Keven Mealamu, Kees Meeuws.

Reserves: Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock, Ali Williams, Craig Newby, Byron Kelleher, Sam Tuitupou, Nick Evans.

South Africa: Percy Montgomery; Breyton Paulse, Marius Joubert, De Wet Barry, Jean de Villiers; Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Fourie du Preez; Jacques Cronje, AJ Venter, Schalk Burger, Albert van den Berg, Bakkies Botha, Eddie Andrews, John Smit (captain), Os du Randt.

Replacements: Danie Coetzee, Faan Rautenbach, Quinton Davids, Joe van Niekerk, Bolla Conradie, Gaffie du Toit, Brent Russell.

Boks hold out to beat Islanders 38-24

July 17th, 2004

South Africa won a one-off rugby test match against a combined Pacific Islands team.

South Africa got out to an big lead scoring 33 points before the Islanders first scored.

Pacific Islanders - Tries: Sitiveni Sivivatu (2), Sione Lauaki, Sireli Bobo. Conversions: Seru Rabeni (2)

South Africa - Tries: Jacques Cronje, Breyton Paulse (2), Jean de Villiers; Conversions: Percy Montgomery (3); Penalties: Montgomery (4)

All Blacks beat Wallabies and the weather 16 - 7

July 17th, 2004

New Zealand started of the tri-nations competition with a victory hard fought victory over Australia.

New Zealand dominated both territory and possession, but were unable to convert that advantage into points. A penalty kick scored by Daniel Carter was scoring play in the first half.

In the second half All Black winger scored New Zealand’s only try after a concerted forward effort. Australia were able to score a try after Joe Rokocoko failed to take a high kick from the Wallabies.

The victory also means that New Zealand retain the Bledisloe.

New Zealand - Try: Doug Howlett; Conversion: Daniel Carter; Penalties: Carter (3)

Australia - Try: Stirling Mortlock; Conversion: Matt Gitea

Preview: New Zealand vs Australia

July 16th, 2004

New Zealand take on Australia in the first match of the 2004 Tri-nations competition. The game to be played at Wellington Stadium on Saturday, will be the first time the two nations have met in an international since Australia’s victory in the semi-final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

All Black lock Keith Robinson injured his back at training during the week and may miss the game, Simon Maling is set to take his played should he not play. Flanker Richie McCaw was originally named in the starting line up, but withdrew yet again because of headaches. Marty Holah will start the game in his place.

The Australian team is severly weaken through injury. Most significantly half-back and captain George Gregan is out from an injury sustained during the match against the Pacific Islanders. Also winger Clyde Rathbone is starting ahead of Wendell Sailor.

Australia: Chris Latham, Clyde Rathbone, Stirling Mortlock, Matt Giteau, Lote Tuqiri, Stephen Larkham, Chris Whitaker, David Lyons, Phil Waugh, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe (c), Justin Harrison, Al Baxter, Brendan Cannon, Bill Young.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina, Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga (c), Daniel Carter, Joe Rokocoko, Carlos Spencer, Justin Marshall, Xavier Rush, Marty Holah, Jono Gibbes, Keith Robinson (Simon Maling), Chris Jack, Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu, Kees Meeuws.

France crush Canada 47 - 13

July 11th, 2004

France defeated Canada 47-13 in a one-off international rugby match on Saturday. France, who were missing many of their top players, dominated most of the game.

Canada - Try: Stirling Richmond; Conversion: Jared Barker; Penalties: Barker (2)

France - Tries: Clement Poitrenaud, Brian Liebenberg, Aurelien Rougerie, Thomas Lievremont, Bernard Goutta; Conversions: Alexandre Peclier (5); Penalties: Peclier (3), Julien Peyrelongue

All Blacks beat powerful Pacific Islanders 41 - 26

July 10th, 2004

The New Zealand All Blacks defeated the combined Pacific Islands team in a one-off rugby match played at North Harbour stadium.

New Zealand scored the first try through a kick to winger Joe Rokocoko.

All Black captain Tana Umaga scored a late try.

New Zealand - Tries: Joe Rokocoko (2), Justin Marshall, Rico Gear, Kees Meeuws, Tana Umaga; Conversions: Daniel Carter (4); Penalty: Carter

Pacific Islanders - Tries: Seru Rabeni, Sitiveni Sivivatu (2), Sione Lauaki; Conversions: Seremaia Bai (3)