Australia out to end Eden Park jinx
August 1, 2011
Australia's Lachie Turner is wrapped up by the New Zealand defence during their clash at Eden Park in 2009 © Getty Images
Australia will attempt to end a 25-year drought at Eden Park in Auckland when they go head-to-head with New Zealand in the Tri-Nations on Saturday.
The Wallabies snapped a 10-game losing streak at the hands of the All Blacks in Hong Kong last time out but face an equally formidable challenge this weekend at a venue where they have come away on the losing side on the last 11 occasions - the most recent of which was 22-16 reverse two years ago.
Tries from David Campese and Andrew Leeds along with the boot of fly-half Michael Lynagh carried the Wallabies to a 22-9 victory in Auckland back in 1986 while James O'Connor was the hero in their last meeting - converting his own late try to seal a 26-24 win.
The All Blacks have won 95 of the 140 previous meetings of these two sides and their dominance over their Trans-Tasman rivals continued for much of 2010 with three victories preceding their loss in Hong Kong. The rivalry between the two sides dates back to 1903 when New Zealand triumphed 22-3 in Sydney.
New Zealand have won 53 of their 65 Tests staged at Eden Park - that will host this year's Rugby World Cup Final - and have not tasted defeat on the ground since a 23-20 loss to France in 1994.
New Zealand v Australia All-time record: Played: 140, New Zealand won 95, Australia won 40, 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: 10 (2008-10), Aust: 3 (1978-80, 1991-92, 2000-01)
Most points (individual): NZ: Dan Carter 245; 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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