All Blacks snuff out Springboks' title hopes
The Wallabies celebrate with the Tri-Nations trophy © Getty Images
However, the Wallabies raced into a 20-3 lead in the first-half thanks to brilliant tries from scrum-half Will Genia and No.8 Radike Samo. But the All Blacks struck back thanks to tries from Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu early in the second-half. However, it proved to be in vain with Kurtley Beale scoring the match winning try and securing the southern hemisphere bragging rights in the process.
A win or draw for South Africa would have given them the southern hemisphere crown but in a thrilling enconter that saw the lead change hands five times - it was a try from All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu a few minutes from time that proved to be the pivotal score.
New Zealand wrapped up the Tri-Nations title with a 34-24 victory over Australia in Auckland a week later.
Flanker Theuns Stofberg crossed for two tries for the hosts while wingers Gerrie Germishuys and Hermanus Potgieter, fullback Dawie Snyman and scrum-half Dawie Snyman also got on the scoresheet. Fly-half Robbie Blair weighed in with five penalties and three conversions.
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