All Blacks target fourth straight win
July 25, 2011
All Blacks winger Israel Dagg celebrates the winning try against South Africa in Johannesbury last August © Getty Images
New Zealand will target a fourth successive victory over South African when they host their Tri-Nations rivals at Westpac Stadium in Wellington this Saturday.
The All Blacks completed the clean sweep over the Springboks in 2010 with victories in Auckland, Wellington and Johannesberg - the final of which saw New Zealand score two tries at the death to seal the Tri-Nations crown on South African soil with a 29-22 victory.
South Africa have never beaten the All Blacks at the Westpac Stadium with the New Zealand winning all four matches - the first being a 41-20 win in July 2002. The last time the two sides met at the venue the All Blacks triumphed 19-8 as Dan Carter's four penalties proved the difference between the sides.
New Zealand's overall record is similarly impressive at the stadium with them losing twice in 14 matches - against Australia in 2000 and England in 2003. However, South Africa have had some success in Wellington, winning the last three games to have taken place against the All Blacks at Athletic Park in 1956, 1981 and 1998.
New Zealand's edge at the Westpac translates into the overall record between the two sides with the All Blacks having won 45 of the 81 matches between the Southern Hemisphere rivals since their first meeting in August 1921, which New Zealand won 13-5 in Dunedin.
All-time record: New Zealand 45, South Africa won 33, drawn 3
Biggest winning margin: NZ: 36, 52-16 at Pretoria, 2003; SA: 17, 17-0 at Durban, 1928
Highest score: NZ: 55 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997; SA: 46 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000
Most tries: NZ: 7 (55-35) at Auckland, 1997; SA: 6 (46-40) at Johannesburg, 2000
Longest winning sequence: NZ: 7 (2001-2004); SA: 6 (1937-1949)
Most points (individual): NZ: Andrew Mehrtens 209; SA: Percy Montgomery 106
Most tries (individual): NZ: 10 Christian Cullen; SA: 6 Joost van der Westhuizen
Most points in a Test: NZ: 25 Carlos Spencer at Auckland, 1997; SA: 31 Morne Steyn at Durban, 2009
Click Here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all New Zealand v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for the New Zealand v South Africa record at the Westpac Stadium courtesy of Statsguru
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