Richard Ferguson

A sad farewell

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 30 Aug 2011 at 14:51
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The Tri Nations has come to an end for the 2011 year, and it is with a sad feeling that we say good bye to the premier tournament in the Southern Hemisphere as it will be extended to a four team competition next year to include Argentina.

Since its first game back in 1996, we have witnessed 108 amazing matches in 16 tournaments, with more than 4800 points scored. New Zealand comes out clear overall winners with 10 championship wins and 232 log points. In the scramble for second, Australia and South Africa have now each won 3 titles, but Australia pip the Boks by 2 log points, finishing a close second on 140 points compared to the 138 of the Boks.

Christian Cullen finished top try scorer on 16 tries, closely followed by Joe Rokocoko on 15, Doug Howlett on 13 and the top four rounded off by yet another New Zealander, Richie McCaw on 11. The South African only feature with 7 tries, with Jaque Fourie, Bryan Habana and Breyton Paulse each crossing the line seven times.

I sat myself down and tried putting a team together, but it was really difficult as I had to leave out so many legends. So I decided to do two teams, a pre-2000 team and post-2000 team:

1.Os du Randt
2.Sean Fitzpatrick
3.Adrian Garvey
4.John Eales
5.Mark Andrews
6.Ruben Kruger
7.Taine Randell
8.Zinzan Brooke
9.George Gregan
10.Andrew Mehrtens
11.Jonah Lomu
12.Tim Horan
13.Tana Umaga
14.Joe Roff
15.Matt Burke

1.Kees Meeuws
2.John Smit
3.Tony Woodcock
4.Brad Thorne
5.Victor Matfield
6.Schalk Burger
7.Richie McCaw
8.Rodney Soโ€™oialo
9.Fourie du Preez
10.Dan Carter
11.Doug Howlett
12.Stirling Mortlock
13.Marius Joubert
14.Joe Rokocoko
15.Percy Montgomery

Farewell Tri Nations, it was good knowing you and you will be missed!


  • I just want to thank SheldonK for the idea for this article.

    It was an absolute pleasure doing the research for this article, bringing back so many good and bad memories!

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.08.11 14:56:08 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Good stuff Rich, could not have been easy trying to put that together

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.08.11 15:04:28 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • On the bright side we wont come last SO often anymore!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.08.11 15:13:07 by Caratacus Reply

  • I have the final points tally slightly different, but no matter, what I find interesting is overall, NZ have a points difference of 541, Aus have -190, and SA have a massive -351!! On the try difference front, there is a similar pattern NZ 61, AUS -15, and SA -46.

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.08.11 15:13:35 by Greg Reply

  • NZ managed to amass a total of 20 4-try bonus points over the course of the competition, AUS got 13, and SA 10. In 72 games NZ won 50, and of the 22 they lost, they got the <7 bonus point 13 times! AUS lost 42 games, 21 of them by less than 7, and SA lost 43, only 1 more than AUS, but only got the bonus point 14 times.

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.08.11 15:20:08 by Greg Reply

  • From memory, my pre 2000 team would be:

    1. Craig Dowd
    2. Sean Fitzpatrick
    3. Olo Brown
    4. Mark Andrews
    5. Norm Maxwell
    6. Josh Kronfeld
    7. Owen Finnegan
    8. Zinzan Brooke
    9. Justin Marshall
    10. Andrew Mehrtens
    11. Joe Roff
    12. Dick Muir
    13. Frank Bunce
    14. Joeli Vidiri
    15. Christian Cullen

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.08.11 15:20:50 by beet Reply
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  • Interestingly, there has been only ONE draw in the tournament history, AUS vs SA in Perth, August 2001, the score was 14 all!

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.08.11 15:23:39 by Greg Reply

  • Andre Joubert?

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.08.11 15:26:19 by craibern Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 7) : Was there not a draw more recently, also with Oz and SA?

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.08.11 15:28:29 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Also, sorry Richard, there were actully 108 games played in total, each country played 72.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.08.11 15:29:22 by Greg Reply

  • @craibern (Comment 8) :

    You have no idea how it burnt my arse to leave the Rolls Royce out, but Burke just scored more points and won more man of the match awards..

    But believe me, it was tough!

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.08.11 15:30:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 10) :

    Shit.. you are right.. sorry!

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.08.11 15:30:46 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 9) : Not according to the data I have collected, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.08.11 15:31:06 by Greg Reply

  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 12) : No problem, it could well be that only 72 of them were amazing ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.08.11 15:32:38 by Greg Reply

  • @Greg (Comment 14) :

    Nah, I was being stupid.. It comes from trying to do two things at once..

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.08.11 15:33:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • This is my best shot at a post 2000 team

    1. Tony Woodcock
    2. Keven Mealamu
    3. Greg Somerville
    4. Victor Matfield
    5. Chris Jack
    6. George Smith
    7. Ritchie McCaw
    8. Jerry Collins
    9. George Gregan
    10. Daniel Carter
    11. Bryan Habana
    12. Tana Umaga
    13. Stirling Mortlock
    14. Dougie Howlett
    15. Chris Latham

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.08.11 15:38:22 by beet Reply
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  • @craibern (Comment 8) : @Richard Ferguson (Comment 11) : Andre Joubert, Christian Cullen and Matt Burke. VERY tough but I’d go for Christian Cullen.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.08.11 15:39:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Biggest win at home AUS vs SA in Brisbane 49 – 0, we all remember that one!! Biggest away win, again SA on the losing end, vs NZ at Loftus 16 – 52, which is the record for points scored away from home.
    SA do have the record for most points scored in a game, though 61 vs the 22 of AUS, also at Loftus

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.08.11 15:40:46 by Greg Reply

  • Tim Horan – Jeez that guy was brilliant!

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.08.11 15:41:32 by Ben Reply
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  • I think this proves without a doubt that we’re not as good as we think we are. It really puts into perspective those who are saying we should be winning 75% of our games. ๐Ÿ™„

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.08.11 15:46:01 by wpw Reply
  • An awesome competition / era comes to an end, with a birth of a new one… The more Argentina play the big 3 the better they will become – these chaps are no minnows, and I think this is great for international rugby… The travel schedule will be horrific though, one week South America, the next week SA, the next week NZ / Australia… Eina… I am looking forward to the confirmed structure of this competition… Will there still be incoming tours etc? And this once again means the Currie Cup get diluted even more… This old father of rugby deserves to be cherished… Can the big derbies also be incorporated into the S15 – it makes sense not?

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.08.11 17:24:33 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 21) : more viewership, more at stake, more interest from players and fans, also the Big Boks can feature in the competition – this would be an agenda I would like to see brought forward.

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.08.11 17:25:57 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 21) :

    Incoming Tours will definitely be happening.

    We will be breaking in the middle of the Super 15 to play these tests!

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.08.11 17:26:34 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : The Currie cup is as good as dead. It has been since we bowed to the Aussies and their SupeRugby format.

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.08.11 17:28:46 by war1 Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 23) : ah yes; I recall this statement, so this is confirmed… Its a good idea I think, freshens the players up who don’t feature in tests and breaks the monotony so to speak. Rugby is almost a global season ala football… Still think a NH vs SH comp should happen on the club / domestic scene every three years… Top six vs Top six, and bottom vs bottom – a bigger stage for our beloved sport…

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.08.11 17:32:03 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @war1 (Comment 24) : How long is the current SANZAR/Newscorp contract binding for? At some point in the future, an oppo to renegotiate will arise. If things don’t suit us, we may see the CC revived. NZ are in the same boat as us in many respects. The viability of NPC is also threatened.

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.08.11 17:36:25 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 26) : It was quite a long one. I think til 2015 but I’m not sure.

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.08.11 17:50:31 by war1 Reply
  • Very good comment on the by a fellow called Mark Reason who says that NZ shouldn’t complain if they loose during the World Cup and that they then shouldn’t blame the ref as the All Blacks cheat. Yes he blatently says cheat. Boy are the bloggers up in arms. Ha Ha ha.

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.08.11 21:50:49 by Dynamite Reply

  • @Dynamite (Comment 28) :

    Are you in the marketing department or what?

  • Comment 29, posted at 31.08.11 07:11:55 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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