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All Blacks eye winning streak world record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/09/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

TJ Perenara is mobbed by teammates after scoring a try. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images TJ Perenara is mobbed by teammates after scoring a try. Another crack at the elusive world record Test match winning streak is on the All Blacks radar.

Assistant coach Ian Foster revealed the milestone has loomed in their sights as motivation after thumping South Africa 41-13 in Christchurch on Saturday.

It was successive win No.15, leaving them two short of equalling the world mark, which they have hit twice before. The teams of 1965-69 and 2013-14 share the record with the 1997-98 Springboks.

Beauden Barrett makes a run. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Beauden Barrett makes a run. Success on the road against Argentina and South Africa would set them up for a shot at the outright record against Australia in Auckland on October 22.

Despite their dominance of the last decade, the record has proved burdensome for the All Blacks.

They have reached 15 straight wins four previous times since 2006 but fallen short of 18 each time.

Australia were the culprits in 2014, squeezing out a 12-12 draw in a dour Bledisloe Cup Test.

TJ Perenara looks on. © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images TJ Perenara looks on. The All Blacks have taken to setting statistical targets in recent times.

Becoming the first nation to defend the World Cup was a stated driver last year.

Foster quashed a suggestion they would seek to become the first team in Rugby Championship history to win all six Tests with a bonus point. They are four-from-four to date.

Ben Smith is congratulated Israel Dagg. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Ben Smith is congratulated Israel Dagg. "I don't think that's powerful enough really. You don't go into a game thinking you're going to get bonus points," he said.

Foster smiled when the winning streak target was put to him.

"Sounds a little bit more interesting, yeah."

Kieran Read holds the Freedom Cup. © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Kieran Read holds the Freedom Cup.

The All Blacks extended their world record winning streak on home soil to 44 with Saturday's win.

Longest test winning streaks

17 - NZ 2013-14; South Africa 1997-98; NZ 1965-69

16 - NZ 2011-12

15 - NZ* 2015-; NZ 2009-10; NZ 2005-06

14 - England 2002-03


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