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All Blacks play down Eden Park fear factor

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/06/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
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The All Blacks are trying to dismiss their phenomenal record at Eden Park, which looms large over the three-Test series against the British and Irish Lions.

Saturday's first Test will played at the Auckland venue where the back-to-back world champions have won 37 successive Tests since 1994.

Last Friday's 78-0 romp against Samoa continued a streak which eclipses the next best run by a nation at a home venue - England's 22-match run at Twickenham until 2003.

The All Blacks have lost just twice in their last 57 Tests at a ground where the Lions must play twice, returning there for the third Test on July 8.

The second Test is staged in Wellington, where New Zealand haven't lost for 16 Tests.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster doubts the Lions will be overawed by the Eden Park record, believing it is little more than a statistical sidenote.

"It's not a record that means anything in itself. It adds another little variable to the game," Foster said.

<span style="font-size:13px;">Eden Park is just another rectangle of grass, the All Blacks say, although their long-struggling opponents might beg to differ.</span> © Getty Images Eden Park is just another rectangle of grass, the All Blacks say, although their long-struggling opponents might beg to differ.

"For us, we just love playing there. It's always been a special ground for New Zealand rugby as a whole.

"It's about playing well on a Saturday and that's what we've got to do if we're going to add to the legacy of Eden Park."

New Zealand's overall home winning streak stands at 46 in an unprecedented era of success since losing to South Africa in Hamilton in 2009.

Veteran flanker Jerome Kaino has enjoyed the ride but admits the wins at Eden Park - where they broke their World Cup drought in the 2011 final against France - carry additional meaning.

"Personally, it's my home ground and I love playing there," he said.

"I can't say we address the records every time we run out there but it just seems to be a place where the boys love playing, especially in the black jersey."

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