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.
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