Rugby

The 18 matches that took ABs to glory

2016-10-22 15:05
Steve Hansen (Gallo)

Cape Town - Saturday's 37-10 win over Australia at Eden Park in Auckland saw the current New Zealand side become the most successful in the history of the game. 

It was the 18th straight Test match that coach Steve Hansen's side had won, becoming the first top-tier nation to do so. 

Two previous New Zealand sides and one Springbok side had won 17 Tests in a row, but the record now belongs outright to the All Blacks of today. 

The streak began in 2015, a match before the start of that year's Rugby World Cup, with a win over Australia, ironically also in Auckland. 

Here, we look at the path the All Blacks took on their way to greatness.

All Blacks' 18-Test winning streak:

2015

W Australia 41-13, Auckland

W Argentina 26-16, London, RWC

W Namibia 58-14, London, RWC

W Georgia 43-10, Cardiff, RWC

W Tonga 47-9, Newcastle, RWC

W France 62-13, Cardiff, RWC

W South Africa 20-18, London, RWC

W Australia 34-17, London, RWC

2016

W Wales 39-21, Auckland

W Wales 36-22, Wellington

W Wales 46-6, Dunedin

W Australia 42-8, Sydney

W Australia 29-9, Wellington

W Argentina 57-22, Hamilton

W South Africa 41-13, Christchurch

W Argentina 36-17, Buenos Aires

W South Africa 57-15, Durban

W Australia 37-10, Auckland

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