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New Zealand have never failed to score a try against Argentina, with Los Pumas managing to score a try against New Zealand in 10 consecutive matches. The last time Argentina failed to score a try against New Zealand was in 1991 when they lost 36-6.
New Zealand have scored nearly three times as many tries as Argentina in their last five matches. The All Blacks have scored 17 tries in matches against Australia, Argentina, France and South Africa. Argentina have scored only six tries in their last five matches.
Saturday’s match between New Zealand and Argentina is the 18th meeting between the two sides. New Zealand are unbeaten against Argentina, winning on 16 occasions with one 21-21 draw in 1985.
New Zealand have scored 721 points in all competitions against Argentina and have managed to score 94 tries in the process. Argentina have scored 223 points and 20 tries against the All Blacks.
The first meeting between New Zealand and Argentina was in 1985. The All Blacks beat the hosts 33-20 in Buenos Aires.
New Zealand have the edge in terms of pack weight on Saturday. They will have a 3kg per man weight advantage up front, weighing in at an average 113kg per man, compared to Argentina’s 110kg per man.
New Zealand field a more experienced starting XV with a total of 645 caps, compared to Argentina’s total of 444. However, Argentina field an older starting XV with an average age of 28, compared to New Zealand’s 27.
ANDREW HORE wins his 80th cap for New Zealand this weekend. HORE made his Test debut in a 31-28 loss to England in 2002.
CONRAD SMITH makes his 70th start in the centre for New Zealand. SMITH made his Test debut in a 59-10 win over Italy in 2004.
If KEVEN MEALAMU comes off the bench for New Zealand on Saturday it will be his 47th appearance in the Rugby Championship/Tri Nations, thereby equalling the tally of
Australia’s Nathan Sharpe. George Gregan and Richie McCaw hold the record with 48 appearances in the competition.
This weekend’s Test will be New Zealand’s 48th consecutive match that they have managed to score a try in the Rugby Championship/Tri Nations. The last time they failed to score a try in this competition was in 2004 when they lost 23-18 to Australia.
New Zealand have won all of their last five matches. The All Blacks will be favourites to win the Championship after 47-29 and 27-16 wins over Australia, a 28-13 win over Argentina and their 29-15 win against South Africa two weeks ago.