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Stats guru Tracey Nelson crunches the numbers

The Stats Don't Lie: A decade of Bledisloe dominance?

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It has been 26 years since the Wallabies last won against the All Blacks at Eden Park (6 September 1986), and their last win over their rivals on New Zealand soil came in 2001 (23-15 at Carisbrook).

The most points the All Blacks have scored against the Wallabies at Eden Park was in their 39-10 victory in 2008, while their greatest winning margin at that ground was 38-3 in 1972.

If the All Blacks win this test match then they will have won the Bledisloe Cup for the 10th consecutive year.

Wyatt Crockett replaces the injured Tony Woodcock at loosehead prop this week, the only change to the side that beat Australia in Sydney last week. Crockett last started for the All Blacks on the 6th of August 2011 - also against Australia, in a match the All Blacks won 30-14.

Richie McCaw needs just one more try to score his 100th test point for the All Blacks. Eight of those tries have come against Australia, which is more than double the amount he has scored against any other team.

It will be McCaw's 28th Test against the Wallabies, placing him just one game behind David Campese who has made the most test appearances in games between the Wallabies and All Blacks with 29. McCaw has won 22 of those 28 test matches.

Sonny Bill Williams will be playing his last test match for the All Blacks before heading to Japan. He has only been in a losing All Black side once in his 18 test appearances, and that was against South Africa in Port Elizabeth last year.

The All Blacks conceded 15 penalties in last week's test match in Sydney, higher than their average of just over nine penalties per game in the test series against Ireland in June.

Lineouts have been going well for the All Blacks in 2012, having lost just one of their 48 lineouts throws in the four test matches played so far.

Sam Whitelock has been the main lineout jumper for the All Blacks, and has won all 20 of his lineout throws from his four appearances in 2012.

This will be the 10th time Nigel Owens has refereed the All Blacks, and they have won seven of the nine games he has officiated in. The last All Blacks test that Owens had the whistle for was the second test match against Ireland in Christchurch this year, a game the All Blacks only just managed to win 22-19.

- HERALD ONLINE

Tracey Nelson

Stats guru Tracey Nelson crunches the numbers

Tracey Nelson is a rugby statistician who looks closely at the numbers of every Super 15 and All Blacks test to give a concise answer to which players and teams are leading the way on the field.

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