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The 2009 Tri Nations Series was the fourteenth annual Tri Nations rugby union series between the national rugby union teams of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, respectively nicknamed the All Blacks, Wallabies, and Springboks. The Springboks secured the season crown in their final match on 12 September, defeating the defending series champion All Blacks 32–29 in Hamilton.

Background

New Zealand, South Africa 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 2009. For South Africa, the tournament comes on the back of the British and Irish Lions Tour.

Tri-Nations 2009

On the 18th of July, the All Blacks drew first blood in the series, coming from behind to defeat the Wallabies 22–16 at Eden Parkmarker. The All Blacks then departed for a two-test series against the Springboks in South Africa (Bloemfonteinmarker and Durbanmarker). The Boks won the first test 28–19 against a All Blacks side crippled with injuries, a result that not only gave them the series lead but also put them ahead of the All Blacks for first place in the IRB World Rankings. The following week, they defeated the All Blacks again, with Morné Steyn scoring all of their points in a 31–19 win. Steyn's performance broke the previous mark of New Zealand's Andrew Mehrtens for individual points in a Tri Nations match. The Boks completed their home leg with a 29–17 win over the Wallabies in Cape Townmarker, with Steyn scoring 24 of their points.

The series then travelled to Australia for the Wallabies' three home matches. It opened with the second Bledisloe Cup match with the All Blacks, won by the All Blacks 19-18. The Springboks then picked up a 32–25 bonus-point win over the Wallabies in Perthmarker.The Wallabies then defeated the Springboks 21-6, at Brisbanemarker.The Springboks had to wait another week to try grasp the Tri-Nations title, but had to face the All Blacks at home in Hamilton. The Boks claimed the Tri Nations crown for the first time since 2004 with a 32–29 win. In the final match of the series on 19 September, the All Blacks thumped the Wallabies 33–6 in Wellington.

Standings

Place Nation Games Points Bonus

points
Table

points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference
1 6 5 0 1 158 130 +28 1 21
2 6 3 0 3 141 131 +10 1 13
3 6 1 0 5 103 141 –38 3 7


Fixtures

New Zealand vs. Australia



NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Stephen Donald
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Neemia Tialata
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 Owen Franks
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Kieran Read
SH 20 Piri Weepu
FH 21 Luke McAlister
WG 22 Joe Rokocoko
Coach:
Graham Henry


AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Richard Brown
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 Ben Alexander
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 Phil Waugh
FL 20 David Pocock
FH 21 Will Genia
FB 22 James O'Connor
Coach:
Robbie Deans
Touch judges:

Marius Jonker

Cobus Wessels

Television match official:


Vinny Munro


South Africa vs. New Zealand



SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Ruan Pienaar
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brussow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Danie Rossouw
N8 19 Ryan Kankowski
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Morne Steyn
FB 22 Wynand Olivier
Coach:
Peter de Villiers


NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Stephen Donald
SH 9 Brendon Leonard
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Neemia Tialata
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 Owen Franks
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Kieran Read
SH 20 Piri Weepu
FH 21 Luke McAlister
FB 22 Cory Jane
Coach:
Graham Henry
Touch judges:

Nigel Owens

Tim Hayes

Television match official:


Johann Meuwesen




South Africa vs. New Zealand



SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morne Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brussow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Andries Bekker
N8 19 Danie Rossouw
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs
FB 22 Wynand Olivier
Coach:
Peter de Villiers


NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Stephen Donald
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Rodney So'oialo
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Keven Mealamu
PR 17 John Afoa
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Kieran Read
SH 20 Piri Weepu
FH 21 Luke McAlister
FB 22 Cory Jane
Coach:
Graham Henry
Touch judges:

(Ireland) Alain Rolland

Tim Hayes

Television match official:


Shaun Veldsman


  • John Smit's 60th start as Springboks captain gave him sole possession of the all-time lead in that category.
  • Morné Steyn's 31 points set a new individual record for points in a Tri Nations match, breaking Andrew Mehrtens' previous mark of 29 for the All Blacks against Australia at Eden Parkmarker in 1999 as well as the most points scored by an individual in a game against the All Blacks. It is also an all-time Test record for most points by a player who was responsible for all of his team's scoring.


South Africa vs. Australia



SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morne Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brussow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chilliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Andries Bekker
N8 19 Danie Rossouw
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Ruan Pienaar
FB 22 Adrian Jacobs
Coach:
Peter de Villiers


AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 Adam Ashley-Cooper
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Stirling Mortlock (c)
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess
N8 8 Wycliff Palu
OF 7 George Smith
BF 6 Richard Brown
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 Ben Alexander
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 David Pocock
SH 20 Will Genia
FH 21 Peter Hynes
FB 22 James O'Connor
Coach:
Robbie Deans
Touch judges:

Nigel Owens

Tim Hayes

Television match official:


Shaun Veldsman



Australia vs. New Zealand



AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess
N8 8 Richard Brown
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 Ben Alexander
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 David Pocock
SH 20 Will Genia
FH 21 Ryan Cross
FB 22 Peter Hynes
Coach:
Robbie Deans


NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Conrad Smith
IC 12 Luke McAlister
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Daniel Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Aled de Malmanche
PR 17 John Afoa
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Rodney So'oialo
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Ma'a Nonu
Coach:
Graham Henry
Touch judges:

Craig Joubert

Cobus Wessels

Television match official:


George Ayoub


Australia vs. South Africa



AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Ryan Cross
IC 12 Adam Ashley-Cooper
LW 11 Peter Hynes
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Luke Burgess
N8 8 Richard Brown
OF 7 George Smith (c)
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Mark Chisholm
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Stephen Moore
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
PR 17 Al Baxter
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 David Pocock
SH 20 Will Genia
FH 21 Quade Cooper
FB 22 Drew Mitchell
Coach:
Robbie Deans


SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Ruan Pienaar
RW 14 JP Pietersen
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brussow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Andries Bekker
N8 19 Schalk Burger
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs
FB 22 François Steyn
Coach:
Peter de Villiers
Touch judges:

Chris Pollock

Vinny Munro

Television match official:


Keith Brown


Australia vs. South Africa



AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 George Smith (c)
OF 7 David Pocock
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Mark Chisholm
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Stephen Moore
PR 17 Pek Cowan
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 Wycliff Palu
SH 20 Luke Burgess
FH 21 Quade Cooper
FB 22 Peter Hynes
Coach:
Robbie Deans


SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 Ruan Pienaar
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Juan Smith
OF 6 Heinrich Brussow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Danie Rossouw
N8 19 Schalk Burger
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs
FB 22 François Steyn
Coach:
Peter de Villiers
Touch judges:

Bryce Lawrence

Vinny Munro

Television match official:


Chris Pollock


New Zealand vs. South Africa



NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Joe Rokocoko
OC 13 Ma'a Nonu
IC 12 Stephen Donald
LW 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu
FH 10 Daniel Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Jerome Kaino
RL 5 Isaac Ross
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Aled de Malmanche
PR 17 John Afoa
FL 18 Adam Thomson
N8 19 Rodney So'oialo
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
CR 21 Isaia Toeava
FB 22 Cory Jane
Coach:
Graham Henry


SOUTH AFRICA:
FB 15 François Steyn
RW 14 Odwa Ndungane
OC 13 Jaque Fourie
IC 12 Jean de Villiers
LW 11 Bryan Habana
FH 10 Morné Steyn
SH 9 Fourie du Preez
N8 8 Pierre Spies
BF 7 Schalk Burger
OF 6 Heinrich Brussow
RL 5 Victor Matfield
LL 4 Bakkies Botha
TP 3 John Smit (c)
HK 2 Bismarck du Plessis
LP 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements:
HK 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle
PR 17 Jannie du Plessis
LK 18 Danie Rossouw
N8 19 Ryan Kankowski
SH 20 Ricky Januarie
FH 21 Adrian Jacobs
FB 22 Ruan Pienaar
Coach:
Peter de Villiers
Touch judges:

Wayne Barnes

Stuart Dickinson

Television match official:


George Ayoub


  • John Smit became the second Springbok (after Percy Montgomery) and the 26th player overall to earn 90 Test caps.
  • Morne Steyn became the highest individual point scorer in a Tri-Nations season with 95 points this season alone.
  • Frans Steyn's three penalties were all kicked from his own half of the field. He is believed to be the first player ever to have converted three penalties from his own half in a Test match.
  • Dan Carter reached two major milestones in the first half:
    • His first penalty made him the leading point scorer in Tri Nations history, surpassing former All Black Andrew Mehrtens. Carter entered the match with 326 Tri Nations points to Mehrtens' 328, and ended the evening with 345.
    • His third penalty of the match made him the seventh player in history to reach 900 career Test points. He entered the match on 893 Test points, tied for seventh all-time with Montgomery, and ended the match in sixth place with 912 points, also surpassing former Wallaby Michael Lynagh.


New Zealand vs. Australia



NEW ZEALAND:
FB 15 Mils Muliaina
RW 14 Cory Jane
OC 13 Isaia Toeava
IC 12 Ma'a Nonu
LW 11 Joe Rokocoko
FH 10 Daniel Carter
SH 9 Jimmy Cowan
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 Adam Thomson
RL 5 Tom Donnelly
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Neemia Tialata
HK 2 Andrew Hore
LP 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements:
HK 16 Aled de Malmanche
PR 17 John Afoa
LK 18 Jason Eaton
N8 19 Rodney So'oialo
SH 20 Brendon Leonard
FH 21 Stephen Donald
FB 22 Hosea Gear
Coach:
Graham Henry


AUSTRALIA:
FB 15 James O'Connor
RW 14 Lachie Turner
OC 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper
IC 12 Berrick Barnes
LW 11 Drew Mitchell
FH 10 Matt Giteau
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 George Smith (c)
OF 7 David Pocock
BF 6 Rocky Elsom
RL 5 Mark Chisholm
LL 4 James Horwill
TP 3 Ben Alexander
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
LP 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements:
HK 16 Stephen Moore
PR 17 Pekaho Cowan
LK 18 Dean Mumm
N8 19 Wycliff Palu
SH 20 Luke Burgess
FH 21 Quade Cooper
FB 22 Peter Hynes
Coach:
Robbie Deans
Touch judges:

Wayne Barnes

Cobus Wessels

Television match official:


Shaun Veldsman




Tri Nations

2009 Winners
South Africa

Third Title


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