Springboks claim their first Tri-Nations crown
South Africa's Joost van der Westhuizen and Gary Teichmann pose with the silverware having won the 1998 Tri-Nations title
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South Africa claimed its first Tri-Nations title, completing the Grand Slam with a 29-15 home victory over the Wallabies in Johannesburg. Prop Adrian Garvey and flanker Bob Skinstad crossed for tries with fullback Percy Montgomery kicking 19 points. Wallabies fullback Matt Burke kicked all his side's points courtesy of five penalties.
The Springboks' triumph, played out in front of a crowd of 62,308, followed victories on the road in Australia and New Zealand and another victory over the All Blacks the previous weeked.
New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup with a thrilling 19-18 comeback win over Australia at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Dan Carter, making his international return, slotted the winning points with a penalty in the dying seconds after replacement centre Ma'a Nonu had struck with a stunning second-half try. In a game of frantic running rugby the visitors clawed back a 12-3 half-time deficit, Matt Giteau scoring all of the hosts' points from the kicking tee. The Wallabies welcomed flanker Rocky Elsom back in to their ranks after his northern hemisphere sabbatical, but the newly-anointed Brumbies blindside was unable to stop the All Blacks from seizing control of the second-half to revive their flagging Tri-Nations campaign.
On their first visit to South Africa for 23 years, Australia thrashed the Springboks 26-3 in wet conditions in Cape Town. Wallabies winger Paul Carozza grabbed a brace of tries at Newlands with David Campese also getting on the scoresheet while fly-half Michael Lynagh weighed in with three penalties and a conversion. Springboks captain and fly-half Naas Botha prevented the whitewash with a penalty.
Argentina, led by Hugo Porta, begin their first-ever tour of New Zealand with a confident 26-3 defeat of Poverty Bay in Gisborne.
Theo Samuels scored South Africa's first points in Test rugby, crossing for two tries in his side's 17-8 defeat by the Lions in Johannesburg.
In an unofficial tour match the Lions were beaten 8-6 by the New Zealand Maori in Rotorua.
The Wallabies opened their tour of New Zealand with an 8-5 defeat by Auckland at Eden Park despite fielding a Test-strength XV.
The New Zealand Universities enjoyed one of their most historic victories, a 22-15 win over the touring Springboks at Wellington.
Welsh flanker Haydn Morgan was credited with a (then) rare penalty try in the Lions' 14-0 win against Waikato in Hamilton.
South Africa recorded their highest team score to date on New Zealand soil, beating Nelson Bays 83-0. Naas Botha scored 31 points including a dozen successful conversions.