ANZ Stadium holds no fears for
James Mortimer and rugby.com.au 16 Aug 2012 Getty Images
ANZ Stadium has been the sole Bledisloe Cup venue in Sydney for 13 years, and over the next decade will host the first Bledisloe Cup match on Australian soil, with this is the 12th trans-Tasman Test to have been played in that time. Australia has won six of the previous matches and New Zealand five.
The last two Bledisloe Cup tests in Sydney have seen the All Blacks prevail, winning at ANZ Stadium by a solitary point – 19-18 in 2009 and 23-22 a year later.
Both Australia and New Zealand have posted their highest winning scores in the rivalry at ANZ Stadium: Australia winning 34-19 in 2008, while New Zealand won 50-21 in 2003.
Australia posted a record 28-7 win over New Zealand when the first trans-Tasman Test was played at the stadium in 1999, and a year later, the two teams played the ‘Match of the Century’ as the All Blacks won a thrilling 39-35 victory in the last moment.
Last year’s 19-point win over South Africa snapped a sequence of four consecutive losses for Australia at the ground – three of which had been conceded by one-point, to New Zealand in 2009 and 2010 and England earlier in 2010. The fourth loss was the surprise defeat by Samoa in last year’s Test-season opener.
The first Test match to be played at the ground, which opened in 1999, saw Australia beat England 22-15. Australia has played 30 previous Tests against all-comers at ANZ Stadium, winning 22 and losing eight (a 73% winning ratio). One of the losses was 17-20 after extra time in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final against England.