- Look back at New Zealand's recent matches in Hamilton
- All Blacks have a strong record at the site of Saturday's third Test
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New Zealand have an outstanding record in Hamilton, the seat of the Waikato region. In 11 fixtures there since 1997, they have lost only once – an agonising 32-29 defeat to South Africa five years ago.
Having never faced the All Blacks in Hamilton, here are two of their recent victories in the city Stuart Lancaster’s side will look to conquer during Saturday’s third Test.
New Zealand 60 Ireland 0, 23 June, 2012
This was New Zealand at their ruthless best, and Ireland found themselves on the wrong end of a nine-try hiding led by home town heroes Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam.
A week previously, Declan Kidney’s charges had so nearly made history in Christchurch – pushing the world champions mightily close. Only a miscued Dan Carter drop-goal on the final play ousted the tourists, a 22-19 defeat ending their hopes of a first-ever win over the All Blacks.
There was to be no such contest at Waikato Stadium. Young openside Sam Cane went over with only six minutes on the clock before a powerful Williams brace and a fourth score from Ben Smith put the hosts 26-0 ahead. It was only the end of the opening quarter.
Influential fly half Aaron Cruden was then forced off injured, but the massacre did not ease. Beauden Barrett came on for a Test debut, and kicked his first points to punish Rob Kearney’s deliberate knock-on – an offence that earned the full back a yellow card.
At 29-0, half time came as refuge for Ireland. However, Cane took just three minutes of the second period compound their misery, dotting down for New Zealand’s fifth try.
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Monstrous wing Hosea Gear was next to cross with a destructive run that left Fergus McFadden and Keith Earls trailing in his wake, before Messam barged over for the score his wonderful performance deserved.
Israel Dagg and Adam Thompson completed the rout, handing skipper Richie McCaw a world record 94th Test win and sending Ireland home in a brutal manner.
Also at this ground: New Zealand 55 Wales 3, June 21, 2003
With the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia mere months away, New Zealand were honing their preparations and dispatched Wales – ironically coached by current All Blacks boss Steve Hansen – with consummate ease.
Steven Jones actually drew first blood, converting a penalty after a ruck offence to take the tourists 3-0 ahead. From there though, it was something of a procession.
Eight tries in total featured a debut effort for a certain Dan Carter, who added 20 points to the cause.
On an occasion that Carlos Spencer and Joe Rokocoko showcased some of their jaw-dropping best in attack, rugby league convert Brad Thorn – another hugely important figure in the capture of the Webb Ellis trophy eight years later – also introduced himself to the world stage.