Boks are Tri-Nations champs

2009-09-12 11:16

Hamilton - Morne Steyn and Francois Steyn combined to score 22 points from kicks as South Africa beat New Zealand 32-29 on Saturday to win the Tri-Nations rugby crown for the first time since 2004.

Fullback Francois Steyn kicked three prodigious first-half penalties - from 63, 59 and 52 meters - to lift his team to a 22-12 lead at halftime.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn kicked the conversion of a first-half try by halfback Fourie du Preez and added two penalties and dropped goal as the Springboks deprived the All Blacks of the Tri-Nations title they had held for the past four years.

Scoring timeline:

3-0 Dan Carter pen 1 min
3-3 Francois  Steyn pen 6 min
3-6 F Steyn pen 10 min
6-6 Carter pen 15 min
6-9 Morne Steyn drop goal 17 min
6-16 Fourie Du preez try 21 min
9-16 Carter pen 22 min
9-19 F Steyn pen 26 min
9-22 M Steyn pen 33 min
12-22 Carter pen 35 min
12-29 Jean de Villiers try 52 min
19-29 Sitiveni Sivivatu try 57 min
22-29 Carter pen 65 min
22-32 M Steyn pen 71 min
29-32 Richie McCaw try 79 min



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