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Saturday’s match between New Zealand and Australia is the fourth time the two sides have met at the Westpac Stadium tin Wellington. New Zealand have won on two of the three previous occasions at the stadium, in 2004 (16-7) and 2009 (33-6). Australia’s only win against New Zealand at the stadium came in 2000 when they beat the hosts 24-23.
Saturday’s match between Australia and New Zealand is the 148th meeting between the two sides. New Zealand are dominating in terms of victories with a total of 100 wins compared to Australia’s 41, with six draws.
New Zealand have scored 2908 points in all competitions against Australia and have managed to score 381 tries in the process compared to Australia who have scored 1994 points and 223 tries.
The first meeting between Australia and New Zealand was in 1903 during a New Zealand tour of Australia. The visitors beat the hosts 22-3 in Sydney.
There is very little between the packs in terms of size on Saturday. New Zealand will have a 3kg per man weight advantage up front, weighing in at an average 114kg per man. Australia’s 111kg per man compares favourably.
The largest margin of defeat in this fixture came in July 1996. The All Blacks came out victors winning 43-6 in Wellington.