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Friday, July 04, 2008

Tri Nations 2008 Preview

The biggest tournament in the Southern Hemisphere kicks off tomorrow as the World Champion Springboks take on the mighty All Blacks in the opening game of the 2008 Tri Nations series.

It's one plays two as South Africa look to follow on from their World Cup success and retain the number one spot in the world, with New Zealand gunning to topple them in front of a packed Wellington crowd. New Zealand at home will always be the favourites, as is illustrated by South Africa's poor record away from home.

If ever the Boks had a chance of beating the AB's in New Zealand though , it's this year, and that's one of the reason's why this years tournament should be a closely fought affair. Some are calling it the biggest Test of the year, and they're not far off considering recent results from the two powerhouses of world rugby.

Both sides are rebuilding. South Africa with a new coach and one or two new faces, and New Zealand recovering from the mass exodus after their disappointing result in France.

Australia, perhaps the underdogs in this years tournament, are themselves experiencing a fresh start, with a new coach and a new lease on life. They will play France tomorrow as that series comes to an end, before they join the Tri Nations to play South Africa in Perth in three weeks time.

The 2008 Tri Nations promises to dish up another helping of top quality rugby, the kind of rugby we've seen over the past ten years. The prospect of seeing the Springboks, Wallabies and All Blacks do battle until September is something that will surely get rugby fans pulses racing all over the world.

This short preview highlights a few great moments from the past, and gives you a slight taste of what's to come.

Inside the Fire by Disturbed
Time: 01:58



  • yay first post! i no thats sad but i never got it b4. New Zealand this year boyzz!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 4:17 pm  

  • highlights for me:

    Habana coming onto the ball, NZ inter-passing, Larkham's inside ball, Skinstad's dummy, and the long loopy pass by an Oz player. just brilliant

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 4:26 pm  

  • Thats a great Promo RD your getting better and better as you make more vid's! Keep up the great work

    By Anonymous Stevo, at July 04, 2008 4:40 pm  

  • Come on the Wallabies i hope our front row holds up a little better this year lituarly if they do we stand a good stand of winning.

    By Anonymous Chazza, at July 04, 2008 4:41 pm  

  • That Frank Bunce try is beyond compare.

    By Anonymous Grizz Wyllie, at July 04, 2008 4:52 pm  

  • sweet clip gents!! can't wait

    By Anonymous francois, at July 04, 2008 5:40 pm  

  • exciting stuff.
    i'm getting used to seeing Joe slip through about 3 or 4 tacklers, he's one strong guy.
    excellent video...call me nuts as i'm from the northern hemisphere but i hope the springboks do well!

    By Anonymous David, at July 04, 2008 5:57 pm  

  • awesome video

    By Blogger Don, at July 04, 2008 7:04 pm  

  • awesome preview...some real classic moments in there. should be a cracking tournament this year with everyone having a point to prove even more so than usual

    By Anonymous halfback999, at July 04, 2008 8:36 pm  

  • 1:13 = Amazing!

    By Blogger Will Topps, at July 04, 2008 8:47 pm  

  • That's quite a good song.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 04, 2008 9:01 pm  

  • sorry chazza but i cnt see OZ winning this year personally i think its guna b between NZ + SA
    any1 agree?

    By Anonymous el nino, at July 04, 2008 10:22 pm  

  • south africa are gonna breeze it this year, they are quality throughout. there's a few weak links in the backs but overall they are the strongest team by miles. nz are missing far too many experienced players and the line-out is embarrasing. aus just don't have the match-winners. only giteau can really produce magic and i could out scrum their front row on my own.


    By Anonymous felix, at July 05, 2008 12:28 am  

  • I see it like you felix...with the slight difference of putting Australia in 2nd place.

    By Anonymous italianscrummy, at July 05, 2008 1:16 am  

  • I predict the kapo o pango prematch. The AB's haven't done it all season, perhaps an indication of their opposition, so expect to see it tomorrow as a mark of respect for the Boks.

    By Anonymous Benson, at July 05, 2008 1:21 am  

  • UP THE WALLABIES! I'm looking forward to a good tri-nations this year, should be spectacular. I just hope the wallabies get up for this one!

    By Anonymous sambobly, at July 05, 2008 3:58 am  

  • what the hell was that at 1:13 bloody hell!

    By Anonymous MrClutchCLEVERismyhero, at July 05, 2008 8:15 am  

  • wenever australia is on the defense, its against south africa :P the best part was rokokokos backwards pass

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 05, 2008 8:42 am  

  • That NZ move, the huge looped pass by the Oz and pretty much everything else, wow.
    I dream of the day 6 nations will be as good as the Tri Nations. Of course it will never happen so thanks for clip RD. =)

    By Anonymous gfhmon, at July 05, 2008 3:14 pm  

  • can i change my prediction now?

    By Anonymous felix, at July 05, 2008 4:17 pm  

  • well i can see NZ preforming well yet again in the tri nations! it seems to matter more than the world cup yeh!!??? ha!

    By Anonymous aa, at July 05, 2008 5:54 pm  

  • That move.

    As I see it, it's off a lineout.

    10 (Spencer) gets the ball

    10 to 12
    12 to 13
    6 and 7 are out of the lineout and start setting up a maul on 13.
    13 flips it out the back door to the 10 on a loop. 10 then switches with the open wing (Lomu) headed back inside.
    Open wing then switches with the blind wing (Umaga?) coming round.
    Blind wing is then free to set off with 15 (Cullen) in support.

    Right or wrong?

    By Blogger Will Topps, at July 05, 2008 7:39 pm  

  • uer, that move was off a line out, had a one man lift in it at the front.

    That move makes you drool just watching it, lomu on the dummy, awesome.

    By Anonymous 2ndrowbeast, at July 05, 2008 11:55 pm  

  • Great video- shivers down the spine- gave fair coverage to each team too...

    By Anonymous Tom, at July 06, 2008 2:53 am  

  • IRT will topps:

    -flyhalf was Merhtens, not spencer
    -was a one man lift of the openside flanker I think

    By Anonymous halfback999, at July 06, 2008 5:44 am  

  • 1:13 = the reason why rugby is just that much better than league

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 06, 2008 9:46 am  

  • Two awesome display of wingers' performance in that video.

    Habana firing up his jet-propelled legs, and Rokocoko eluding three defenders to score a try with two Springboks in tow.

    God I love tri-nations.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 07, 2008 7:59 am  

  • Any body got a link to the full of that nz move? It is pure quality

    Pretty klass video clip all round!!

    By Blogger Conor, at July 07, 2008 9:06 pm  

  • nice vid i'm thinking NZ have good chances of winning this year, btw whats the song?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 09, 2008 12:56 pm  

  • hope that South African's will show, that they are the best!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 15, 2008 9:30 pm  

  • well, after 2 games, the all blacks and the springboks are even, and australia are due to play next week.

    personally i think australia could do it this year, matt giteau has evolved into an incredible fly half, and with players like mortlock, tiquiri, barnes and co australia are my firm favourites, their hammering of france gives me more confidence.

    it will definitely be close, all teams are going to lose games, but i can see aus just stretching ahead,

    im english btw so dont think that im biased at all!

    i think new zealand will come second, and south africa last

    if anyone thinks im mad please reply!

    By Anonymous chris, at July 16, 2008 3:59 pm  

  • That set play by NZ at 1:14 is amazing! Great video.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at July 17, 2008 12:41 pm  

  • Video's down, any chance it will be re-uploaded?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 09, 2008 9:46 am  

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