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PostSubject: Tri-Nations Review   Tri-Nations Review Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2009 1:19 am

So the 2009 Tri-Nations has come to an end and South Africa have been crowned champions. This is the Springboks 3rd series win, and their first win since 2004. Previously the All Blacks had won 4 in a row.

In the third Tri-Nations game we saw Morne Steyn take 31 points, this broke Andrew Mehrtens previous record of most points in a Tri-Nations game. This wasn't the only record Andrew Mehrtens lost in this Tri-Nations, in game 8 Dan Carter became the highest ever points scorer in Tri-Nations and became 7th person to reach 900 test points. John Smit in game 3, became the all time leader for most tests as captain with 60, passing George Greegan and Wil Carling, later in the tournament he became the 2nd South African to represent thier country in 90 test matches. George Smith also became the 10th player in history to earn 100 test caps.

South Africa were by far the strongest side in the competition and deserved the fantastic results they acheived. Their forward pack was hugely dominant in the Line Outs and at the Breakdown, and although they probably had the weakest scrum of the 3, they definitely were the outstanding pack in the competition.

The All Blacks, all though a lot of people had written them off after a disappointing Iveco series, proved once again that they are dominant over their Trans-Tasman rivals, the Wallabies. Also proved that Graham 'King' Henry is the better coach than Robbie 'Dingo' Deans. All Blacks were outstanding in thier final outing, scoring 3 great tries, finally the backline was clicking.

Although the Wallabies only sealed the one win, they still can take some positives from this campaign. They have an extremely young but extremely talented side, that in a couple of years (RWC 2011) will definitely be a strong force.

Players of the tournament (you decide)

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Best Winger:
Best Center:
Best Fly Half:
Best Halfback:
Best Loose Forward:
Best Lock:
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Best Hooker:

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PostSubject: Re: Tri-Nations Review   Tri-Nations Review Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2009 1:38 am

Best Full Back: Francois Steyn
Best Winger: Bryan Habana
Best Center: Jaque Fourie
Best Fly Half: Morne Steyn
Best Halfback: Fourie du Preez
Best Loose Forward: Heinrich Brussouw
Best Lock: Victor Matfield
Best Prop: Tony Woodcock
Best Hooker: Bismark du Plessis

Best Break-through Player: Heinrich Brussouw

Best Back: Fourie du Preez

Best Forward: Victor Matfield

Best Overall Player: Fourie du Preez

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PostSubject: Re: Tri-Nations Review   Tri-Nations Review Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2009 1:46 am

est Full Back: Francois Steyn - kicking penalties from 60m out is worth a helluva lot more than just 3 points in the overall game...
Best Winger: Bryan Habana - worked hard on attack and defence. His viper-missile impersonations on Keven Mealamu following kickoffs were incredible.
Best Center: Tough to pick as there was little continuity from any team's midfield. Basically a toss-up between Jacque Fourie or Jean de Villiers IMO - though some would say Adam Ashley-Cooper...but he's just a f$%kwit Smile
Best Fly Half: Again little continuity but Dan Carter must take this award for the sheer difference he made to the ABs upon his return. Those who claim Morne Steyn should recall that he doesn't actually run the ship all that well - he just kicks goals - really well sure, but not much else. If you could combine his accuracy from the boot with Ruan Pienaar's all-round gameplay then the Boks would truly be nigh on unstoppable.
Best Halfback: Fourie du Preez - no contest.
Best Loose Forward: Heinrich Brussouw (sp?) was the breakthrough find of the entire tournament while the likes of McCaw and George Smith were below their usual standards for much of the competition.
Best Lock: Victor Matfield - runner up? Bakkies Botha...
Best Prop: Al Baxt...pfft!!! Tough call here again as few really dominanted. But Tony Woodcock was probably the most consistent. Arguments for Smit but he was pretty topsy-turvy.
Best Hooker: Bismark du Plessis - anyone who can keep Smit pushed out to prop is pretty damn good...

Best Break-through Player: Heinrich Brussouw - no contest.

Best Back: Fourie du Preez was a key component of the Boks' dominance.

Best Forward: Victor Matfield - easy.

Best Overall Player: Probably Brussouw...tough call though as the Boks were a victorious team, not key individuals...
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PostSubject: Re: Tri-Nations Review   Tri-Nations Review Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2009 5:20 am

Best Full Back: Francois Steyn
Best Winger: Cory Jane
Best Center: Adam Ashley-Cooper
Best Fly Half: Dan Carter
Best Halfback: Fourie Du Preez
Best Loose Forward: Heinrich Brussouw
Best Lock: Victor Matfield
Best Prop: Tony Woodcock
Best Hooker: Bismark du Plessis

Best Break-through Player: Heinrich Brussouw/Morne Steyn

Best Back: Fourie Du Preez

Best Forward: Victor Matfield

Best Overall Player: Fourie Du Preez
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PostSubject: Re: Tri-Nations Review   Tri-Nations Review Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2009 5:40 am

lol - looks like Hendo and I agree on almost everything Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Tri-Nations Review   Tri-Nations Review Icon_minitimeThu Sep 24, 2009 5:46 am

I reckon, at this stage, Fourie du Preez will be the favourite for IRB player of the year. He had an awesome Lions Tour and Tri-Nations. If he plays as good as he has done this year in South Africans end of year tour, I reckon he'll get it.

Also in the running: Victor Matfield, John Smit, Paul O'Connell, Jamie Roberts, Brian O'Driscoll.

Unfortunately at this stage no All Black has had a stand out season.

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