August 2 down the years
Nonu and Woodcock at the double
New Zealand prop Tony Woodcock barges his way to the line following a set line-out play, New Zealand v Australia, Tri Nations, Eden Park, August 2 2008.
Tony Woodcock burrows over to score against Australia © Getty Images

A last-gasp Ma'a Nonu try saw New Zealand secure the bonus point that sent them to the top of the Tri-Nations table. Nonu scored twice, as did Tony Woodcock, as Australia were comprehensively beaten 39-10 in Auckland. The much-maligned All Blacks orchestrated a dramatic turnaround after the previous weekend's 34-19 loss in Sydney to clinically dismantle the Australians and end a two-match losing streak. A compelling four tries-to-one bonus-point triumph handed Robbie Deans his first defeat in his young six-Test reign and continued the Wallabies' miserable record on the road in the Tri-Nations.

Karl Mullen's Lions wound up the New Zealand leg of their tour with a 14-9 victory over the New Zealand Maori in Wellington. Wales's Jones boys - Ken (try) and Lewis (conversion and two penalties) - led the scoring with Irish centre Noel Henderson getting the tourists' other try.

The Lions, led in Doug Prentice's absence by his England colleague Carl Aarvold, romped to an eight-try 40-16 win against Waikato/Thames Valley/King Country Combined in Hamilton. Welsh back-row forward Ifor Jones scored a try, converted three and kicked a penalty for the tourists.

The late Greg Davis led Australia in the first international of a four Test series against the Springboks. South Africa win 30-11 and go on to take the rubber 4-0.

In New Zealand, the Wallabies lost their tour match at Invercargill against Southland. Brian McKechnie kicked a penalty and dropped a goal in the hosts' 10-7 success.

Veteran fly-half David Knox contributed 12 points as he steered Australia to a 32-20 Tri Nations win over South Africa in Brisbane.

Springbok captain Corne Krige set an unusual Test record, leaving the field three times to be substituted by a blood replacement before completing the match against Australia in Brisbane.


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