Will the All Blacks lose a test this season?

All Blacks wing Julian Savea slips the tackle of Argentina second-five Juan Martin Hernandez. Photo / Jason Oxenham
All Blacks wing Julian Savea slips the tackle of Argentina second-five Juan Martin Hernandez. Photo / Jason Oxenham

The All Blacks are going fairly well, to put it mildly, while opponents struggle to match them over 80 minutes. Can they be stopped this year?

Their remaining games are against South Africa (Christchurch), Argentina (Buenos Aires), South Africa (Durban), Australia (Auckland), Ireland (Chicago), Italy (Rome), Ireland (Dublin) and France (Paris).

The All Blacks last completed a perfect season in 2013 but only after Aaron Cruden landed a sideline conversion to edge Ireland in injury time.

On paper the most challenging fixture is the away trip in South Africa but the Springboks don't look like the same team that pushed the All Blacks in the World Cup semifinals last year.

France in Paris to finish the season could be a potential banana-skin game, much like Dublin three years ago. However since the All Blacks put 62 points on France at the World Cup, the Tri Colours have won three tests and lost four.

- NZ Herald

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