Thursday, July 12, 2007

Tri-Nations puddle-jumps to Aotearoa

The SANZAR Tri-Nations tournament is still up for grabs.

The South African and Australian home legs of the tournament have been completed and the remaining two test matches will be hosted in New Zealand, starting with the Boks against the All Blacks this Saturday. Preview pending, stay tuned...

Last weekend an under-strength Springbok side got the early lead on the Wallabies, leading 17-0, before the Australians tightened their defence and fought back for a comeback-victory for the second time in as many weeks. The victory was a dreary affair that will have done nothing to sell the sport, but the Aussies again showed some resiliency and steel, pitching another 2nd-half shutout just as they had done a week earlier against the All Blacks. Final score: Wallabies 25 Springboks 17.

The Wallabies currently top the table on 9 points. The All Blacks sit level with the Boks on 5 points, but have a game in hand on both opponents, and have tests matches remaining against both sides to be contested at home.

Current 3N table standings after Round Four:

Team P W D L F A B Pts
1. Australia 3 2 0 1 64 54 1 9
2. New Zealand 2 1 0 1 41 41 1 5
3. South Africa 3 1 0 2 60 70 1 5


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