1996 Tri Nations Series

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1996 Tri Nations Series
Final positions
Champions  New Zealand (1st title)
Bledisloe Cup  New Zealand
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Tries scored 19 (3.17 per match)
1997

The 1996 Tri Nations Series was the inaugural series of the rugby union test matches, contested from 6 July to 10 August, between the Australia, New Zealand and South Africa national rugby union teams. The All Blacks won the inaugural tournament.[1]

New Zealand beat Australia in both tests, thus retaining the Bledisloe Cup, which it had taken off Australia the previous year.

Table

Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 119 60 +59 1 17
South Africa 4 1 0 3 70 84 −14 2 6
Australia 4 1 0 3 71 116 −45 2 6

Results

6 July 1996
14:35 NZST (UTC+12)
 New Zealand 43–6  Australia Athletic Park, Wellington
(HT: 25–6) Referee: England Ed Morrison (England)
Tries:
Zinzan Brooke, Christian Cullen, Michael Jones, Jonah Lomu, Justin Marshall, Jeff Wilson
Penalties:
Matt Burke (2)
Cons:
Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pens:
Andrew Mehrtens (3)
13 July 1996
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
 Australia 21 – 16  South Africa Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
(HT: 11–3) Referee: England Tony Spreadbury (England)
Tries:
Roff, Horan
Tries:
Hendriks
Conversions:
Burke
Conversions:
Honiball
Penalties:
Burke (3)
Penalties:
Honiball (2), Joubert
20 July 1996
19:35 NZST (UTC+12)
 New Zealand 15 – 11  South Africa Lancaster Park, Christchurch
(HT: 6–8) Referee: Scotland Ray Megson (Scotland)
Penalties:
Mehrtens (5)
Tries:
Joubert
Penalties:
Stransky (2)
27 July 1996
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
 Australia 25 – 32  New Zealand Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
(HT: 16–9) Referee: Scotland Jim Fleming (Scotland)
Tries:
Burke, Gregan
Tries:
Bunce, Marshall
Penalties:
Burke (5)
Conversions:
Mehrtens (2)
Penalties:
Mehrtens (6)
3 August 1996
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
 South Africa 25 – 19  Australia Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
(HT: 16–3) Referee: Ireland Brian Stirling (Ireland)
Tries:
Stransky
Tries:
Tune
Conversions:
Stransky
Conversions:
Eales
Penalties:
Stransky (6)
Penalties:
Burke, Eales (3)
10 August 1996
15:00 SAST (UTC+02)
 South Africa 18–29  New Zealand Newlands, Cape Town
(HT: 15–6) Referee: Ireland Dave McHugh (Ireland)
Tries:
Os du Randt, Japie Mulder
Tries:
Glen Osborne, Craig Dowd
Cons:
Joel Stransky
Cons:
Mehrtens (2)
Pens:
Joel Stransky (2)
Pens:
Andrew Mehrtens (5)
Tri Nations
1996 Winners
New Zealand
New Zealand
First Title

See also

References

  1. ^ Mick Cleary and John Griffiths, ed. (1997). Rothmans Rugby Union Yearbook 1997–98. London: Headline Book Publishing. ISBN 0 7472 7732 X. 

External links

  • Tri Nations at Rugby.com.au
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