All Blacks out to continue Bledisloe dominance
August 20, 2012
Israel Dagg set New Zealand on their way last weekend © Getty Images
New Zealand are back on home soil for their second Rugby Championship game of the year, welcoming Australia to Eden Park in Auckland for a possible Bledisloe Cup decider.
The All Blacks continued their recent dominance of the fixture with a 27-19 victory in Sydney last weekend, with Israel Dagg and Cory Jane on the scoresheet to complement 17 points from the boot of Dan Carter.
Since their first meeting in 1903, New Zealand have won 116 of their 168 contests, with five draws and 47 Wallaby victories.
Last season was evenly matched in terms of the big games (although the All Blacks prevailed 2-1 overall), with Australia winning 25-20 in Brisbane to seal the Tri-Nations title before losing out 20-6 in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals - the last meeting between the sides in Auckland.
New Zealand v Australia
All-time record: Played: 168; New Zealand won 116, Australia won 47,drawn 5
Biggest winning margin: NZ: 37 (43-6, Wellington 1996); Aus: 21 (28-7, Sydney 1999)
Highest score: NZ: 50 (50-21, Sydney, 2003); Aus: 35 (35-39 Sydney 2000)
Most tries: NZ: 7 (50-21, Sydney, 2003) and (49-28, Melbourne, 2010); Aus: 5 (30-16, Auckland, 1978) and (35-39, Sydney 2000)
Most points (individual): NZ: 287 Dan Carter; Aus: 176 Matt Burke
Most tries (individual): NZ: Four players on eight; Aus: 8 David Campese
Click here for New Zealand's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for Australia's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for a record of all New Zealand v Australia matches courtesy of Statsguru
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