2004 Rugby League Tri-Nations

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2004 (2004) Tri-Nations  ()
Number of teams 3
Host country  Australia
Winner Flag of Australia.svg Australia (2nd title)

Matches played 7
Attendance 182,288 (26,041 per match)
Tries scored 47 (6.71 per match)
Top scorer Australia Darren Lockyer[1] (28)
Top try scorer Australia Luke Rooney[1] (6)
 < 1999
2005

The second Rugby League Tri-Nations tournament (known as the Gillette Tri-Nations due to sponsorship[2]) was played between 16 October and 27 November of 2004. The format of the competition was different from the previous event. In that event the teams played each other twice instead of once before the final.

The tournament final of the tournament was predicted by some to be a close affair. The British team was considered a small favourite after finishing at the top of the league table. Instead, it was a one-sided match as Australia produced their best performance of the tournament. The game was basically over by half-time when Australia led by 38-0.

Results[change | change source]

Tournament matches[change | change source]

2004-10-16
New Zealand  16–16 Flag of Australia.svg Australia North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 19,118 [1]

2004-10-23
Australia  32–12 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Loftus Road, London
Attendance: 16,725 [1]

2004-10-30
Australia  12–8 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Attendance: 38,572 [1]

2004-11-06
Great Britain  22–12 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 20,372 [1]

2004-11-13
Great Britain  24–12 Flag of Australia.svg Australia JJB Stadium, Wigan
Attendance: 25,004 [1]

2004-11-20
Great Britain  26–24 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand KC Stadium, Hull
Attendance: 23,377 [1]

Tournament standings[change | change source]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Difference Points
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain 4 3 0 1 80 60 +20 6
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 4 2 1 1 72 60 +12 5
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 4 0 1 3 64 95 −32 1

Final[change | change source]

2004-11-27
Great Britain  4–44 Flag of Australia.svg Australia Elland Road, Leeds
Attendance: 39,120 [1]
 2004 Tri-Nations Champions 

Australia
Second title

Non-series Tests[change | change source]

During the series, Australia and New Zealand played additional Tests against France.

2004-11-12
France  20–24 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 8000

2004-11-21
France  30–52 Flag of Australia.svg Australia Stade Ernest Wellon, Toulouse
Attendance: 10,000

Additional Matches[change | change source]

A one off match was also played between an ANZAC side made up of touring Australian and New Zealand players and a Cumbira side.[3][4][5]

2004-10-27
Cumbria 12–64 ANZAC Combination Derwent Park, Workington
Attendance: 4,203

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Tri-Nations 2004". Rugby League Project. http://www.rugbyleagueproject.org/competitions/Tri-Nations_2004.html. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  2. "Gillette extend rugby ties". SportBusiness. 2004-09-03. http://www.sportbusiness.com/news/155552/gillette-extend-rugby-ties. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  3. Three-Try Heroes Whitehaven News, 29 October 2004. Accessed 2009-08-14. Archived 2009-08-16.
  4. Fans to meet Anzacs players Allerdale Borough Council, 6 October 2004. Accessed 2009-08-14. Archived 2009-08-16.
  5. Kimmorley to captain Anzac team AAP, 26 October 2004

Other websites[change | change source]