All Blacks snuff out Springboks' title hopes
The Wallabies celebrate with the Tri-Nations trophy
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The Wallabies secured their first Tri-Nations title since 2001 with a 25-20 win over their Trans-Tasman rivals the All Blacks at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The 2011 World Cup was under a fortnight away and hosts New Zealand looked red-hot favourites to retain the Tri-Nations having already previously secured the Bledisloe Cup .
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.
South Africa's hopes of a Tri-Nations Grand Slam were foiled at the last hurdle in Dunedin where the All Blacks won a tight contest 31-27 to keep their own designs on the title alive.
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.
In a one-off official Test to mark the opening of the refurbished Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria the Springboks beat a strong World Invitation XV 45-24 in front of 65,000.
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.
South Africa's maiden Test win against New Zealand was a 9-5 triumph in front of 40,000 in the first international ever staged at Eden Park. The result squared the inaugural series between the game's two super-powers at a Test apiece.
Australia opened their second tour of New Zealand with a 15-13 defeat by Auckland. Each side was captained by its fullback: Mick O'Leary for the hosts and Larry Dwyer for the Wallabies.
The Lions levelled the series with South Africa, beating the Springboks 8-3 in Port Elizabeth in an exciting second Test.
South Africa won the final Test 8-3 in Port Elizabeth to secure a 2-1 (with one drawn) rubber win against old rivals, New Zealand.
The Lions' hopes of rescuing their series with the All Blacks were dashed in Christchurch where New Zealand won the third Test 19-6 to go three-up in the rubber.