Rugby: All Blacks searching for No 100

Jonah Lomu scores in the tackle of Ben Tune (on ground) and Daniel Herbert at Athletic Park in...
Jonah Lomu scores in the tackle of Ben Tune (on ground) and Daniel Herbert at Athletic Park in 1996. Photo by The New Zealand Herald.
The All Blacks and the Wallabies first clashed more than a century ago. If the All Blacks win tomorrow night it will mark 100 wins over the men in green and gold, from 146 matches. Rugby writer Steve Hepburn looks back at five memorable victories over the Wallabies in the past 30 years.

1982
33-18 Eden Park
There was a lot not to like about Allan Hewson.

He did not look like a rugby player, he wore gloves in the cold and he could not tackle.

But he was a fine attacking player and the Wellington fullback had a great game in Auckland in the deciding test of 1982.

He scored 26 points, then a world record, and helped put to bed a young but gutsy Australian side.

David Campese, just 19 at the time, tried his best for the Wallabies but it was the Wellington man's day.

1996
43-6 Athletic Park
There was plenty of hype around this match. It was the first game in New Zealand where people could legitimately place a sports bet through the TAB, and there were questions over how good this All Black team was.

They were emphatically answered in the wind and rain at a rather dungy looking Athletic Park.

Michael Jones scored after two minutes and the points just kept coming.

The home side ignored the terrible weather conditions and led at halftime 25-6. It ended up scoring six tries with cries of perfection by many watchers.

It was then the highest score against Australia and the biggest winning margin.

2000
39-35 Stadium Australia

This was one of the truly remarkable rugby matches.

Played in front of a world record crowd of 109,874, the game ebbed and flowed and half a dozen times it looked as though one of the teams had got the ascendancy.

The All Blacks started like a house on fire and, after eight minutes, were up 24-0. Tana Umaga, Pita Alatini and Christian Cullen scored but the Aussies came back and it was 24-24 at the break.

The game continued to see-saw and, when Jeremy Paul scored for the Wallabies with six minutes left, Australia was ahead 35-34.

The All Black botched a couple of lineouts but finally put a movement together.

The ball went to Jonah Lomu and he flirted with the sideline before scoring the match-winning try.

2003
50-21 Telstra Stadium

Fresh off putting a half-century past the Springboks, it was a confident All Black team which took to the field.

The All Blacks were a tad slow out of the blocks but, as the game went on, they became more dominant.

Leading 23-11 at the break, the All Blacks then pulled away in the second half with Joe Rokocoko ending up with three tries.

It gave the team a huge dose of confidence going into the World Cup. But just under four months later the Australians would come out on top in the one that mattered, winning the World Cup semifinal at the same venue, 22-10.

2011
20-6 Eden Park

The stakes could not have been higher at Eden Park. With a World Cup semifinal in their own backyard, the All Blacks were under immense pressure.

But the Wallabies were faltering. Fullback Kurtley Beale pulled out with a sore hamstring and, when Quade Cooper put the kick-off out on the full, the stars appeared to be in alignment for the home side.

Israel Dagg made a nice break to set up Ma'a Nonu for what turned out to be the only try of the game.

The All Blacks simply wore the Australians down and, after 16 years, were back in a final at a World Cup.

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