Bledisloe III completes the southern hemisphere Test season with New Zealand hosting Australia at the fortress that is Eden Park. Unless youve been living in solitary, or have just woken from a 30-year slumber, youll know the Wallabies havent triumphed at the Auckland venue since 1986. And their past few visits have been some of their ugliest ever.With the famous piece of oversized silverware already sewn up, Saturdays encounter is all about the elusive number 18. No Tier 1 Test nation has ever been able to string more than 17 victories together, with the All Blacks last few attempts negated by draws with the very side they face this weekend.But its hard to think a new mark wont be set come Saturday, such has been the quality of rugby the All Blacks played throughout the Rugby Championship. After hammering Australia in both Sydney and Brisbane, New Zealand then defeated Argentina and South Africa by 35 and 28 points respectively, before rounding out the tournament with 19- and 42-point triumphs over the same opposition again.There is little doubt Michael Cheikas side have improved since those two heavy defeats by their trans-Tasman tormentors, but their mini resurgence and second-place Rugby Championship finish belies the huge gap that exists between the world champions and the chasing pack.Team newsNew ZealandAll Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made just one change to the starting side that thumped the Springboks in Durban a fortnight ago. That comes in the form of winger Julian Savea, who returns at the expense of Waisake Naholo, while Aaron Smiths airport toilet infraction means T.J. Perenara retains the No. 9 jersey for another week.New Zealand: Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody.Replacements: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa.AustraliaThe Wallabies delayed naming their side until Friday morning before making a couple of surprise selection calls. Bernard Foley has reverted back to No.10, with Quade Cooper dropping to the bench, a move that creates an opportunity for Reece Hodge in midfield. That in turn sees Henry Speight come onto the right wing, while Nick Phipps replaces Will Genia at No.9 after the Queenslander departed for France. Up front, Cheika has stuck solid with Lopeti Timani, which means a fit-again David Pocock will come off the bench.Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Reece Hodge, Henry Speight, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Lopeti Timani, Michael Hooper, Dean Mumm, Adam Coleman, Rory Arnold, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (capt), Scott Sio.Replacements: James Hanson, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, David Pocock, Nick Frisby, Quade Cooper, Sefa Naivalu.Key matchup: Beauden Barrett vs. Bernard FoleyWhile there are still the spring tour internationals to come, it will be an absolute travesty if Barrett is not named World Rugby Player of the Year in a couple of months time. The All Blacks No. 10 has been in exquisite form since the early part of the Super Rugby season, and he has shown no signs of slowing down despite a heavy workload. Barrett was Man of the Match against the Wallabies in Sydney, and finished the Rugby Championship with four tries as part of a tournament-high 81 points. It is hard to recall a more dominant individual season.If the thought of Eden Park is enough to send the Wallabies into a cold sweat, it must conjure in Quade Cooper the kind of palpitations that send people to the ER. With that surely on his mind, Cheika has made the opposite switch to that which drew so much criticism ahead of the corresponding game last year. Foley may not offer the same attacking flair as Cooper, but he is far more adept at executing a game plan and has much more experience playing alongside the recalled Nick Phipps. With Reece Hodge and Samu Kerevi in the centres, the Wallabies are likely to play with a little less width and instead aim a lot of midfield traffic at Ryan Crotty and Anton Lienert-Brown.Key stats- New Zealand have won the past four, and six of the past eight, against Australia.- Australias past three visits to Eden Park have seen them lose by 28, 31 and 22 points respectively.- Australia have failed to score more than 20 points in any of their past eight visits to Eden Park to play New Zealand, failing to cross the tryline in three of those eight games.WeatherAuckland is expecting an early shower on Saturday before a mostly sunny afternoon and evening. The temperature should hover around 15 degrees for the 80 minutes at Eden Park.UBET Verdict: New Zealand $1.07, Australia $8.50.Unbeaten at Eden Park since 1994, New Zealand are raging favourites to roll the Wallabies on Saturday and secure a record 18th consecutive Test win. In fact, the money trail suggests it could be a case of the All Blacks by how many: 21.5 is the longest line between the teams in recent memory. Even so, theres a conga line out the door and around the corner to back the minus at $1.90. New Zealand are also anchoring just about every weekend sports multi on our books.VerdictThis current crop of All Blacks deserve the tag as one of the all-time great rugby sides, and they will lay claim to that on their own after 80 minutes on Saturday night. Only a monumental case of nerves, a string of yellow cards or a horror night with injury will deny New Zealand victory at Eden Park such is their overawing superiority to the Wallabies, and the rest of the world, at the moment. The Wallabies have shown signs they are trending upwards, but an inability to play quality rugby for more than 20 minutes will mean they are nothing more than a minor pothole on the All Blacks super highway to rugby history.New Zealand by 25. Authentic Spurs Jerseys
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