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Australia v NZ Rugby Championship Preview

Aaron Cruden makes a break in the last Bledisloe Cup clash

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Article Published: Thursday 14 August 2014|

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New Zealand's All Blacks will be attempting to win their fourth consecutive Test against Australia and their 18th consecutive Test against all teams.

The All Blacks have won their last 17 Tests which equals the record for most Tests won against the major Test playing nations and they will be looking to make history this weekend.

Out of the last seven matches between Australia's Wallabies and New Zealand's All Blacks, the Kiwis have won 6 and drawn one. The last time Australia beat New Zealand was in August 2011.

That 2011 victory was in Brisbane and came a short time after the Reds had beaten the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final to win the title at the same venue.

Ironically this weekend the match will be played at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney which is where the Waratahs beat the Crusaders two weeks ago to win the Super Rugby final and 2014 title.

Australia have played New Zealand 149 times since 1903 and Australia have won 41 times, lost 102 times and the teams have drawn 6 times.

Looking at recent history or since the TriNations began in 1996 the teams played each other 49 times and the Wallabies have won 14 times and lost 34 times. There was one draw in 2012.

More recently in the Rugby Championship which started in 2012 Australia have played New Zealand four times and they have won all four.

The average score when these two Nations play each other in the TriNations and Rugby Championship is Australia 19 New Zealand 26.

In the TriNations and Rugby Championship the Wallabies have had home advantage on 23 occasions and won 10 times. 13 of the matches were played at Stadium Australia in Sydney and Australia have won 6 times and lost 7 times at the venue.

That record gives the Wallabies a record of winning 46% of their matches at Stadium Australia in Sydney with an average score of : Australia 24 New Zealand 25.

In terms of form Australia look to be on a high as they have won their last seven matches and their players have just won the Super Rugby title.

As mentioned earlier the All Blacks have won their last 17 matches and they went through 2013 unbeaten and followed that up with a 3-0 series over England.

In terms of selection the Wallabies have preferred Kurtley Beale over Bernard Foley at fly half and Adam Ashley-Cooper starts in the number 13 jersey. Rob Horne's form with the Waratahs has resulted in him starting on the wing and he is part of a back three that includes Pat McCabe and Israel Folau.

The All Blacks have also surprised in the number 10 jersey as Aaron Cruden starts the match and Dan Carter misses out this weekend. Beauden Barrett is the back up play maker.

Jerome Kaino , Richie McCaw and Kieran Read are the All Black loose forwards who will be up against Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper and Wycliff Palu.

Australian rugby has taken a big step up in 2014 and in June they showed that they can win with an attacking style of play as well as a defensive style of play. The All Blacks are however the Rugby World Champions and have only lost one match since they won the world cup. They are still the form team in world rugby and have held the Bledisloe cup since 2003.

The Bookies have given Australia a 4 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The All Blacks have too much experience to ignore in this contest so despite the form of Australia's players and the Waratahs winning the Super Rugby title the All Blacks should be able to edge this by one point - just as the Waratahs beat the Crusaders at the same venue two weeks ago. The All Blacks should edge this by one.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Australia 19 New Zealand 26.

Last five results
19 Oct 2013 Australia v New Zealand 33-41 Otago Stadium, Dunedin
24 Aug 2013 Australia v New Zealand 16-27 Westpac Trust, Wellington
17 Aug 2013 Australia v New Zealand 29-47 Stadium Australia, Sydney
20 Oct 2012 Australia v New Zealand 18-18 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
25 Aug 2012 Australia v New Zealand 0-22 Eden Park, Auckland

Australia's overall record against New Zealand
Played 49, Wins 14 , Losses , Draws 1

Match No.1: Australia v New Zealand
Date : 16 August 2014
Venue : ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:Romaine Poite
Assistant Ref 2:Stuart Berry
TMO : Shaun Veldsman

Teams

Australia

1. James Slipper (vc) , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Sam Carter , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nic White , 10. Kurtley Beale , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Matt Toomua , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc) , 14. Pat McCabe , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : James Hanson , Pek Cowan , Ben Alexander , Will Skelton , Ben McCalman , Scott Higginbotham , Nick Phipps , Bernard Foley , Tevita Kuridrani

*one player to be omitted

New Zealand

1. Wyatt Crockett 2. Dane Coles 3. Owen Franks 4. Brodie Retallick 5. Samuel Whitelock 6. Jerome Kaino 7. Richie McCaw (c) 8. Kieran Read 9. Aaron Smith 10. Aaron Cruden 11. Julian Savea 12. Ma'a Nonu 13. Malakai Fekitoa 14. Cory Jane 15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu 17. Ben Franks 18. Joe Moody 19. Steven Luatua 20. Sam Cane 21. TJ Perenara 22.. Beauden Barrett 23.Ryan Crotty

 
 
 
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