What the stats say: All Blacks' home domination of Argentina

All Blacks winger Julian Savea has scored eight tries against Argentina. Photo / Brett Phibbs
All Blacks winger Julian Savea has scored eight tries against Argentina. Photo / Brett Phibbs

The key historical stats ahead of Saturday's test between the All Blacks and Argentina according to Opta.

The All Blacks are unbeaten in their 22 encounters with Argentina, winning 21 and drawing just once in the second ever meeting between the sides in 1985.

New Zealand have won all 12 home games against Argentina, scoring 77 tries in the process, an average of 6.4 per game.

The All Blacks have won 10 of their 11 games at FMG Stadium, Waikato, winning their last five in a row at the venue.

Argentina will be aiming to record back-to-back wins in The Rugby Championship for the first time ever after beating South Africa in their last match.

The Pumas' three victories in The Rugby Championship have come in their last six games in the competition, this after failing to win any of their first 17 (L16, D1).

The All Blacks have not lost at home since September 2009 (v South Africa) winning 42 games in a row since.

Julian Savea has scored eight tries against Argentina, his joint-most against a single opponent (level with England); should he score a hat-trick he would equal Richie McCaw and Ma'a Nonu (both 11 v Australia) for the most tries by a Tier One player against a single opponent.

Savea has scored four hat-tricks in his Test career so far, of Tier One players only Jeff Wilson has scored more (5).

New Zealand have conceded fewer than 10 points in each of their last three Tests, the last time they pulled off a longer such streak was in November 2008 with wins against Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and England in Europe.

Beauden Barrett has been directly involved in more tries than any other player (4 - 1 try, 3 assists) in the competition so far and has also gained the most metres (157), beaten the most defenders (12) and made the joint-most clean breaks (5).

- NZ Herald

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