All Blacks out for 10-in-a-row
September 7, 2010
Jonah Lomu scores the winner against the Wallabies in 2000 © Getty Images
It's a case of 'one hoodoo down, one to go' for the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday as they look to deny the All Blacks a Tri-Nations clean sweep as well as a record 10th straight win over their Trans-Tasman rivals.
Last weekend Australia secured their first win over South Africa at altitude since 1963 and they must now go after the All Blacks' record on a ground at which they have endured mixed fortunes.
In 10 meetings with New Zealand at ANZ Stadium they have won six and lost four, their most recent showdown ending 19-18 after Dan Carter's return from injury inspired the visitors in 2009.
In 2008 there was a better outcome for the home side as they romped to a 34-19 bonus-point success - their last over New Zealand.
Back in 2000, the stadium hosted one of the all-time great Tests as New Zealand sprung a late Jonah Lomu-shaped spanner in the works to win a pulsating tie 39-35.
A year earlier, the spoils went to the Wallabies in what remains their biggest victory over New Zealand. On that occasion, fullback Matt Burke landed seven penalties in a 28-7 victory months out from the Wallabies' triumph at the Rugby World Cup in Wales.
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: 138, New Zealand won 94, 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