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South Africa defeat Australia 23 - 19 to win the 2004 Tri Nations

August 21st, 2004

South Africa 23 defeated Australia 19 in the last game of the 2004 Tri Nations.

South Africa - Tries: Victor Matfield, Johann van Niekerk; Conversions: Percy Montgomery 2; Penalties: Montgomery 3

Australia - Tries: Lote Tuqiri, Stirling Mortlock, George Smith; Conversions: Matt Giteau 2


Preview: South Africa vs Australia

August 18th, 2004

On Saturday, South Africa host Australia for the last game of the 2004 Tri Nations series. The game is of great importance for both teams as the winner of this game will win the Tri Nations.

The Wallaby team remains the same as the one that defeated New Zealand two weeks ago.

South Africa: Percy Montgomery, Breyton Paulse, Marius Joubert, De Wet Barry, Jean de Villiers; Jaco van der Westhuyzen, Bolla Conradie; Joe van Niekerk, AJ Venter, Schalk Burger, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, Eddie Andrews, John Smit (captain), Os du Randt.

Replacements: Hanyani Shimange, CJ van der Linde, Gerrie Britz, Jacques Cronje, Fourie du Preez, Gaffie du Toit, Brent Russell.

Australia: Chris Latham; Clyde Rathbone, Stirling Mortlock, Matt Giteau, Lote Tuqiri; Stephen Larkham, George Gregan (captain); David Lyons, Phil Waugh, George Smith, Nathan Sharpe, Justin Harrison, Al Baxter, Brendan Cannon, Bill Young.

Replacements: Jeremy Paul, Matt Dunning, Dan Vickerman, John Roe, Chris Whitaker, Matthew Burke, Wendell Sailor.


Boks beat Blacks 40 - 26

August 14th, 2004

In the fifth game of the 2004 Tri nations series, South Africa defeated New Zealand 40 points to 26.

South Africa - Tries: Marius Joubert (3), Breyton Paulse, Jean de Villiers; Conversions: Percy Montgomery (3); Penalties: Montgomery (3)

New Zealand - Tries: Mils Muliaina, Joe Rokocoko; Conversions: Andrew Mehrtens (2); Penalties: Mehrtens (4)


Preview: Australia vs New Zealand

August 4th, 2004

On Saturday the Wallabies host the All Blacks for the fourth match of the 2004 Tri nations series.

For New Zealand, blind side flanker Jono Gibbs returns from injury. The others changes are lock Ali Williams replaces Simon Maling in the starting lineout. While Carl Hayman returns at tighthead prop in place of Greg Somerville who was selected just for the South African game two weeks ago.

All Black lock Keith Robinson was set to make a return this week but tore a calve muscle in match for his province Waikato.

Australia: Chris Latham; Clyde Rathbone, Stirling Mortlock, Matt Giteau, Lote Tuqiri; Stephen Larkham, George Gregan (captain); David Lyons, Phil Waugh, George Smith, Nathan Sharpe, Justin Harrison, Al Baxter, Brendan Cannon, Bill Young.

Replacements: Jeremy Paul, Matt Dunning, Dan Vickerman, John Roe, Chris Whitaker, Matthew Burke, Wendell Sailor.

New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga (captain), Daniel Carter, Joe Rokocoko, Carlos Spencer, Justin Marshall; Xavier Rush, Marty Holah, Jono Gibbes, Ali Williams, Chris Jack, Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu, Kees Meeuws.

Replacements: Andrew Hore, Greg Somerville, Mose Tuiali’i, Craig Newby, Byron Kelleher, Andrew Mehrtens, Sam Tuitupou.