History not on Fiji's side
July 20, 2011
Debutant Sitiveni Sivivatu ran in four tries the last time the two sides met in 2005 © Getty Images
New Zealand take on Fiji on Friday in Dunedin as they look to continue their unbeaten record over their Pacific Island neighbours.
History is not on Fiji's side as they have failed to keep the All Blacks' score under 68 points in their previous four meetings. The Fijians played a New Zealand XV in an uncapped match five times between 1968 and 1984 and while the scoreboard makes slightly better viewing (they managed to get within one point in Suva in June 1974) the Fijians failed to win on any of the occasions.
Despite their poor record, Fiji will take heart from Samoa's 32-23 win over Australia on Sunday and will hope to spring a similar upset. The All Blacks have also failed to win two of their last three Tests at Carisbrook, losing to South Africa and France in 2008 and 2009 respectively. However, the last match-up between the two sides ended in a conclusive 91-0 win for the Kiwi's. The Kiwi's ran in 15 scores that day with Fijian born winger Sitiveni Sivavatu marking his debut with four tries.
Friday's match will be in aid of the Christchurch earthquake but with the World Cup around the corner, the All Blacks will not be in a charitable mood and will be doing all they can to continue their winning run.
All-time record: New Zealand won 4, Fiji won 0
Biggest winning margin: New Zealand 91-0 Fiji, North Shore City, June, 2005
Highest score: New Zealand 91-0 Fiji, North Shore City, June, 2005
Most tries: 15 - New Zealand 91-0 Fiji, North Shore City, June, 2005
Longest winning sequence: NZ: 4 (1987-2005)
Most points (individual): NZ: Christian Cullen and Aaron Mauger 29; Fiji: Norman Ligairi 10
Most tries (individual): NZ: Christian Cullen and Jeff Wilson 5; Fiji: Norman Ligairi 2
Most points in a Test: NZ: 25 Grant Fox at Christchurch, 1987; Fiji: 10 Norman Ligairi at Wellington, 2002
Click Here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for Fiji's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a record of all New Zealand v Fiji matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for New Zealand's record at Carisbrook in Dunedin courtesy of Statsguru
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