Wallabies win the battle but lose the war
Taine Randell lifts the 1999 Tri-Nations trophy despite defeat to Australia © Getty Images
The All Blacks had already claimed the title ahead of that autumn's Rugby World Cup in Wales, which was famously won by John Eales and the Wallabies.
In Sydney, Matt Burke weighed in with seven penalties to ensure victory for the men in gold after lock Mark Connors had scored their only try. Andrew Mehrtens converted his own try for the All Blacks' only points.
Guy Basquet's side struggled to a 5-0 win, prop Lucien Caron's try converted by flanker Jean Prat.
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes
Reports comparing the 2014 Wallabies with their rabble-like predecessors of 2005 are unfair and self-serving, Greg Growden reports
Wales did the All Blacks a favour with their best effort against New Zealand for many years, for 68 minutes at Millennium Stadium, Craig Dowd writes
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