South Africa 21, New Zealand 20 in Rustenberg (Tri Nations)

South Africa won by 1 point. I predicted New Zealand by 20.


A close fought match won by South Africa with a last minute penalty. New Zealand suffered again in the lineouts and came off second best in the scrums. It was in these two areas that New Zealand came unstuck at the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Can they fix it before 2007?





26.08.2006 New Zealand 45-26 in Pretoria (Tri Nations)

22.07.2006 New Zealand 35-17 in Wellington (Tri Nations)

27.08.2005 New Zealand 31-27 in Dunedin (Tri Nations)

06.08.2005 South Africa 22-16 in Capetown (Tri Nations)

14.08.2004 South Africa 40-26 in Johannesburg (Tri Nations


GWC Rugby Rankings: World Table-New Zealand 1st, South Africa 6th Change-South Africa move up behind New Zealand but do not go to 1st place as New Zealand has won the Tri Nations and has been clearly superior in the competition.




South Africa

15 Jaque Fourie, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Wynand Olivier, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 André Pretorius, 9 Fourie du Preez,

8 AJ Venter, 7 Pierre Spies, 6 Pedrie Wannenburg, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Johann Muller, 3 BJ Botha, 2 John Smit (captain), 1 Os du Randt.

Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Lawrence Sephaka, 18 Albert van den Berg, 19 Jacques Cronjé, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Butch James, 22 Breyton Paulse.

Coach: Jake White


New Zealand

15 Doug Howlett, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Malili Muliaina, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerry Collins, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Anton Oliver, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Jason Eaton,

19 Marty Holah, 20 Byron Kelleher, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Rico Gear.

Coach: Graham Henry