The final week rugby union internationals for 2010 ended with a clean sweep by Tri-Nations teams over their Northern opponents. Australia walloped France, South Africa beat England, and New Zealand secured their fourth ever grand slam with victory over Wales.
Other Southern Hemisphere sides did not fare as well, with Italy beating Fiji, Scotland narrowly defeating Samoa and Ireland punishing Argentina. The Pacific Island teams of Fiji and Samoa may take some solace from how close they came, but unfortunately it was the story of their tours as they were unable to get an elusive win despite coming close in many of their games.
End of Year Tours: Week Four Results:
ITALY v Fiji
27 Nov 15:00
Italy: 24 (Mirco Bergamasco 8 penalties).
Fiji: 16 (Talemaitoga Tuapati try; conversion Seremaia Bai 3 penalties, conversion)
SCOTLAND v Samoa
27 Nov 14:30
Scotland: 19 (Nikki Walker try; Dan Parks 2 penalties, conversion, drop goal; Ruaridh Jackson penalty)
Samoa: 16 (Kahn Fotualii try, Paul Williams 3 penalties, conversion)
Wales v NEW ZEALAND
27 Nov 17:15
New Zealand: 37 (Hosea Gear (2), Muliaina, Toeava, Afoa tries; Dan Carter 3 conversions, 2 penalties)
Wales: 25 (Lee Byrne try; Stephen Jones conversion, 6 penalties)
France v AUSTRALIA
27 Nov 20:45
Australia: 59 (Drew Mitchell (3), Adam Ashley-Cooper, Will Genia, Benn Robinson, James O’Connor tries; O’Connor 6 conversions, 4 penalties).
France: 16 (penalty try; Morgan Parra conversion, 3 penalties)
England v SOUTH AFRICA
27 Nov 20:45
South Africa 21 (Willem Alberts, Lwazi Mvovo tries, Morne Steyn 3 penalties, conversion)
England: 11 (Ben Foden try; Toby Flood 2 penalties)
IRELAND v Argentina
28 Nov 14:30
Ireland 29: (Ferris, D’Arcy tries; Sexton, O’Gara conversion; Sexton 5 penalties)
Argentina 9: (Felipe Contepomi 3 penalties)