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ANALYSIS:Eden Park – it’s the All Blacks’ field of dreams and the Wallabies’ worst nightmare.
Following Australia’s record-breaking win over New Zealand in Perth last weekend, the Bledisloe Cup goes on the line on Saturday night, but at a venue which carries such an aura for the All Blacks, and such woe for the Wallabies.
In order to claim the big trophy back since surrendering it in 2003, Australia will have to overcome 33 years of torment at the Auckland ground, which will be sold out to the tune of 48,500, as usual forming a big black wave of support for the home side.
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Here’s a look at the numbers ahead of the Bledisloe blockbuster:
All Blacks v Wallabies
Played 165, won 114, lost 44, drawn 7 (69.09% win rate), for 3516, against 2365, avg score 21.31 vs 14.33
All Blacks v Wallabies in New Zealand
Played 75, won 59, lost 15, drawn 1 (78.67% win rate), for 1663, against 936, avg score 22.17 vs 12.48
All Blacks v Wallabies at Eden Park
Played 28, won 24, lost 4 (85.71% win rate), for 704, against 381, avg score 25.14 vs 13.61
These figures paint the picture of just how much tougher the Aussies’ task gets, when they cross the ditch, then when they get to Auckland.
New Zealand’s 69.09 per cent win rate overall against one of their bigger foes is rather handy, with an average winning margin of 6.98 points.
Then, when playing the Wallabies at home, the men in black increase those numbers to a 78.67 per cent winning record and a margin of 9.69, with Australia having lost 22 games straight to the All Blacks in New Zealand, since their last success in Dunedin in 2001.
And finally, at fortress Eden Park, the stats jump yet again, with an 85.71 per cent win rate, and margin of 11.53, with the All Blacks’ points for increasingly markedly to an average 25.14 per game.
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