Australia look to end losing run
October 25, 2010
Dan Carter is hauled down during the only previous clash between New Zealand and Australia at the Hong Kong stadium in November 2008 © Getty Images
Australia will go into Saturday's Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand at Hong Kong stadium with the massive incentive of ending a ten-match losing streak against the All Blacks.
New Zealand recorded their 10th successive win over the Wallabies with the narrowest of wins at the ANZ stadium in the Tri-Nations clash in September. The All Blacks claimed a 23-22 victory having trailed 22-9 midway through the second half in Sydney.
The two rivals return to the Hong Kong Stadium after their historic encounter in 2008. It was the first time in the 77-year history of Bledisloe Cup that the game was held on neutral ground and New Zealand claimed the champagne as the Wallabies once again gave up a half-time advantage, eventually losing 19-14.
Australia, directed magnificently by Matt Giteau, had the best of the first half and moved ahead with two scores from winger Drew Mitchell.Three penalties from Dan Carter kept New Zealand in touch before the All Blacks took charge after the interval and worked tries for winger Sitiveni Sivivatu and captain Richie McCaw. New Zealand had already retained the Bledisloe Cup that year but victory in Hong Kong sealed the four-match series 3-1.
A year later the Olympic stadium in Tokyo hosted the two Trans-Tasman rivals. This time the All Blacks ran out comfortable 32-19 winners with Dan Carter contributing 22 points and Sitiveni Sivivatu and Conrad Smith both scoring tries, although they had once again trailed at the break.
The All Blacks domination over the Wallabies has continued in 2010. But the margins of victory have declined throughout the year as Australia have continued their notable progression under Robbie Deans. The opening clash of the season was a one-sided affair with the All Blacks sweeping aside Australia 49-28. But since then Australia came close to upsetting their rivals in Christchurch in a 20-10 defeat prior to the agonising 23-22 loss on Australian soil at the ANZ stadium.
The rivalry between the two sides dates back to 1903 when New Zealand triumphed 22-3 in Sydney.
Australia v New Zealand All-time record: Played: 139, New Zealand won 95, Australia won 39, drawn 5
Biggest winning margin: NZ: 37, 43-6 at Wellington, 1996; Aus: 21, 28-7 at Sydney, 1999
Highest score: NZ: 50 (50-21) at Sydney, 2003; Aus: 35 (35-39) at Sydney, 2000
Most tries: NZ: 9 (38-13) at Dunedin, 1936; Aus: 5 (30-16) at Auckland, 1978 and (35-39) at Sydney, 2000.
Longest winning sequence: NZ: 9 (1936-47), Aust: 3 (1978-80, 1991-92, 2000-01)
Most points (individual): NZ: Dan Carter 236; Aus: Matt Burke 176
Most tries (individual): NZ: 8 Doug Howlett, Ian Kirkpatrick, Christian Cullen; Aus: 8 David Campese
Most points in a Test: NZ: 29 Andrew Mehrtens at Auckland, 1999; Aus: 24 Matt Burke at Brisbane, 1996
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