All Blacks and Carter on verge of significant milestones
irb.com and James Mortimer 23 Jun 2013 Getty Images
A win for New Zealand this weekend will be their seventh consecutive win against France, a feat which they last managed between 2003 and 2007.
If New Zealand score a try against France on Saturday it will be the 23rd consecutive match in which they’ve managed the feat against Les Bleus.
Last weekend’s Test between the sides was the first time France failed to score a point in a match against New Zealand.
Fifteen points or more against Les Bleus would see All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter become the first player to score 1,400 points at Test level.
The Crusaders maestro wins his 95th cap for New Zealand and his first since the 38-21 loss to England in December last year. The fly half needs to score four more penalties to equal Neil Jenkins’ record of 248 and become the second highest penalty scorer in Test history. Jonny Wilkinson is still out in front, having scored a total of 255 penalties during his Test career.
Saturday’s match will only be the third time New Zealand have played a Test match at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth. The two previous matches New Zealand played at this stadium were in 2008 when they beat Samoa 101-14, and in 2010 when they beat Ireland 66-28. New Zealand have managed to score 24 tries in the two matches played at the stadium.
The largest margin of defeat in a Test against France came in June 2007. The All Blacks came out victors, winning 61-10 in Wellington.
Finally, a victory for the All Blacks would be the 15th win under head coach Steve Hansen. New Zealand have a win percentage of 88% under Steve Hansen.